Novation Impulse 25 Key MIDI Controller With Pads

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

Gearank Recommendation

The Impulse 25 appeared on our recommended list for 25 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards when we published the first edition back in December 2015 and it remained on the list until May 2021.


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.

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.


  • 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
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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