The latest music production product out of the Novation stable is Impulse, an entirely new range of keyboard controllers. Sitting side by side with the existing Remote SL range, Impulse has enough points of difference to warrant its inception – some features feel like a devolution from the SL, some things are cool and new, and some are just different. Importantly, though, the price is right for a more ‘entry level’ offering.
the keys look great – especially for a keyboard in its price range
It’s an interesting design choice, one that we’re not totally sold on just yet but it’s certainly got a distinctive look. Features wise, the keys look great – especially for a keyboard in its price range – with solid rather than lipped design and aftertouch capability; the pads feature aftertouch too and three colour back lighting. Other than the lighting, the lack of detailed displays mean visual feedback on the keyboard isn’t as strong as on the SL series, but Impulse does benefit from dedicated transport controls and separate pitch and mod wheels and an onboard brain capable of arpeggiator.
At considerably less spend than the SL series, competing aggressively with the M-Audio Axiom series might be one of the goals for Impulse. We’ll see how it feels soon enough when we get one in for review, and you can also see for yourself soon enough as they’re shipping this month (for $250, $350, and $399 for the 25/49/61 key versions, respectively).