Novation Impulse 25 Key MIDI Controller With Pads


86 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

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Novation Impulse 25 Key MIDI Controller With Pads

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Our rating of 86/100 is based on analysis of 250+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The Novation Impulse 25 is very popular with Ableton users as reviewers report that it works very well with this DAW.

A more upmarket offering from Novation, it builds on their product line by adding more natural-feeling keys.

Its Automap software also supports Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase and Reason/Record aside from Live.

Key features:

  • Keys: 25 velocity sensitive piano style keys with assignable aftertouch.
  • Pads: 8 velocity sensitive pads.
  • Buttons: 6 function buttons (4 with LEDs), 3 control switch buttons with LEDs.
  • Octaves: 9 with the Octave Up and Octave Down buttons.
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in, and Automap DAW and plug-in control software - NB the Automap feature doesn't work with Pro Tools AAX plugins.
  • Power: USB powered and includes a DC power socket for an optional power adapter.
  • Connectivity: USB and 5 pin din MIDI in and out sockets.
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X + Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP.
  • Dimensions: 22.4" x 15.1" x 6.29"
  • Weight 7.72 lbs


The Pads and the overall build quality are often cited positively in customer reviews. Users also praised the feel of the keys and mention that the feel was what attracted them to it. The full size keys were also preferred by players with with larger hands.
It also comes with an Arpeggiator which is well liked.


The most often cited negative is that the knobs are a little loose making precise positioning a bit finicky. The aforementioned Arpeggiator was noted to lack a "latch" feature that many felt was essential.


It's all about the feel for the Novation Impulse 25 as noted by several positive reviews referring to it. If you're looking for a keyboard controller at this price-point and tactile response is a priority for you, the Novation Impulse 25 is anything but an impulse purchase.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best 25 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

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