Submitted October 3, 2012 by Benjamin Tucker in Louisville, KY
"Impulse? No, I thought about it a lot first."
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After a bad experience with the much cheaper M-Audio Oxygen 49 and researching reviews of alternatives, I decided on the Impulse. I already owned an older Novation REmote 25 which, except for the joystick, has held up well despite a lot of use.
Actually, key strikes are a little noisy. Seriously, it isn't louder than the keys on my other synths but it actually sounds "cheaper" somehow.
Novation continues to make this easy to use with your software with their Automap software. The adventuresome can "roll their own." It is especially suited to Abelton Live (the Lite version comes with it) and, like the REmote, to Propellerhead's Reason.
Ease of Use
The features of this controller are complex enough that you will have to spend time learning about them to take full advantage of what it can do. I confess I haven't owned it that long yet.
I hope that it holds up under use as well as Novaion's earlier models. Overall, I feel the knobs, sliders, and pads feel substantial. Unlike the REmote, however, the white keys have sharp corners which, for me anyway, detracts from the quality.
So far, I am very pleased with my purchase...especially with zZounds competitive pricing (after a little encouragement). Thanks, zZounds.
Online....compared to M-Audio anyway...outstanding.
The Wow Factor
The odd-looking radiator grill end panels are either a cosmetic feature or something you want to try to ignore. I was wondering if there might be a way to replace them....something in 1/2 inch cherry for that classic synth look. There is an idea...custom end panels. I do like the red, black, and grey color scheme though. With the Launchpad, Remote, and now the Impulse, I have my software under control.
55 year, jam at home, play at church, flute, piano, keyboards
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