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Impulse is a range of professional USB/MIDI controllers. They each have a precision keyboard and a full control surface powered by a brand new version of Novation's Automap control software - Automap 4 (which makes getting hands-on with your DAW/plug-ins fast and simple). Impulse also has 8 back-lit drum pads which can warp arpeggios, roll beats and launch Live clips.
Impulse has a precision 'players' keyboard. It is semi-weighted with assignable aftertouch and has been designed to feel like an instrument rather than a computer peripheral. In addition to feeling good, it is incredibly accurate - this means it can translate musical expression (how you play the keyboard) extremely effectively. So your performance is reflected exactly by the synth or software instrument you are triggering.
Automap is the fourth generation of Novation innovative software that makes the Impulse controllers "Intelligent". Automap was developed in 2006 and was the very first software designed to help music-makers get hands on control of their music software. Automap is a software application that 'automatically' maps knobs and sliders on the keyboard to the functions within DAW/plug-in software such as Pro Tools, Logic, or Cubase. This helps the user spend more time making music, and less time reading user guides and manually mapping controls.
The control surface allows you to get hands on control for your DAW and plug-ins. We have worked with all the major DAWs and plug-ins to make sure that you get instant control of your mixer, transport controls and plug-in instruments and effects.
Impulse has 8 great feeling drum pads which are velocity-sensitive with aftertouch. These are back-lit with 3-colour LEDs which means they can do things other drum pads can't, like warping arpeggios in real time, rolling beats and launching clips in Ableton Live (Ableton Live Lite 8 comes with Impulse).
Works with all major DAWs and plug-in instruments and effects
Novation has worked with major music software manufacturers to ensure Impulse gives the user instant hands-on control. In addition to the major DAWs, Impulse & Automap 4 have been specially designed to give the user full control of plug-in instruments and effects from companies like Native Instruments, Waves or FXpansion.