69points

Arturia KeyLab 49

98points

Novation Impulse 49

Arturia KeyLab 49
Comparison winner
Novation Impulse 49
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36 facts in comparison

Arturia KeyLab 49 vs Novation Impulse 49

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
69
points
Arturia KeyLab 49
98
points
Novation Impulse 49

Why is Arturia KeyLab 49 better than Novation Impulse 49?

  • Has velocity sensitive keys
    ?
  • The device is mappable
    ?
  • Has a bank selector button
    ?
  • 8 more pads
    ?

    16vs8
  • 2 more knobs
    ?

    10vs8
  • Has weighted keys
    ?
  • Has hybrid synth feature
    ?
  • 1 more encoders
    ?

    2vs1

Why is Novation Impulse 49 better than Arturia KeyLab 49?

  • Has transpose buttons
    ?
  • Has tap tempo control
    ?
  • Has semi-weighted keys
    ?
  • 9 more buttons
    ?

    32vs23
  • Has an arpeggiator function
    ?
  • Has an input/connector for the sustain pedal
    ?
  • Has automapping technology
    ?
  • 1.5kg lighter
    5kgvs6500g

Price comparison

Design

1.Has backlit LED buttons
?

Buttons will light up when pressed, resulting in better visibility to users.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
2.Has a display
?

The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
3.height
?

Best

Akai Professional LPK 25

97mm

298mm

332mm

4.weight
?

Best

Akai Professional LPK 25

453g

6.5kg

5kg

5.volume
?

Best

CME Xkey

838.08cm³

16500.26cm³

28087.2cm³

6.thickness
?

Best

CME Xkey

16mm

70mm

100mm

Controls & Buttons

1.Has octave buttons
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The octave buttons are used to shift the keyboard up or down in one octave increments. This extends the range of the keyboard in either direction, which lets you play notes that lie outside the number of keys available.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
2.Has transpose buttons
?

Transpose buttons are used for moving a collection of notes (pitches or pitch classes) up or down in pitch by a constant interval, usually in semitone increments.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
3.Has tap tempo control
?

A feature on some MIDI devices that allows to adjust tempo in real time based on an external input or by “tapping” a button on the device itself. It is used to allow musicians the flexibility of playing at any desired tempo based on their musical input.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
4.number of buttons
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The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.

Best

Novation SL MkII 61

58

23

32

5.Has a transport control section
?

The transport controls are used to control playback, set the position of the playhead, start recording, activate the cycle region, or to move to the project start or end.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
6.Has a bank selector button
?

The button is used to select independent banks of continuous controllers. Effectively, this allows you to control more independent parameters with the knobs, faders and buttons. The bank selector button is used to switch among the available banks.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49

Keys & Pads

1.Has semi-weighted keys
?

Similar to a weighted action keys, but with less resistance and a slightly springier release, semi-weighted keys are popular with many players. If you don’t need realistic piano response, but also don’t care for spring-loaded synth actions, a semi-weighted keyboard might be ideal for you.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
2.Has velocity sensitive keys
?

Velocity sensitive keys are just spring loaded keys that sound out louder the harder you hit them. If you "lightly" press a key, the sound will be quiet; the harder you press, the louder it gets.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
3.drum pads
?

The pads section is ideal to trigger loops and samples, using your finger drum skills.

Best

Novation Launchkey 61

16

16

8

4.total keys
?

The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.

Best

Icon Logicon 8 air

88

49

49

5.Has velocity sensitive pads
Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
6.Has weighted keys
?

Fully weighted keys are designed to replicate the response and feel of acoustic piano keys. If you compose a lot of piano-oriented music, the realism of a weighted, hammer-action keyboard might be ideal for you.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49

Ports

1.Has a MIDI-Out port
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The MIDI-Out port is used for transmitting data.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
2.Has an input/connector for the sustain pedal
?

When pressed, the sustain pedal allows all notes to sound and “vibrate” freely. All notes played will continue to sound until the pedal is released. This is perfect when you need a sturdy and responsive control over sustain.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
3.Has an input/connector for the expression pedal
?

Dedicated expression pedals let you have a hands-free control over your keyboard's volume, vibrato, and more.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
4.Has a MIDI-In port
?

MIDI-In Port allows data to be received by a MIDI-compliant device. The “in” port enables the MIDI keyboard to be controlled by an external device or sequencer.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49

Features

1.MIDI device works and communicates via USB
?

Devices can communicate in both directions with each other without any additional MIDI interface. The biggest advantage is that the USB connection can be used for everything; power supply, MIDI-in and MIDI-out. This means you need less cables.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
2.The device is mappable
?

Users can map, set and regulate the entire midi controller giving different functionalities to all different buttons, knobs and faders. The device could be also set up with different softwares.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
3.Is compatible with Windows
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It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
4.Has automapping technology
?

With automapping technology it is easier to set up your MIDI device and assign all different controls to your software (DAW).

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
5.Is compatible with Mac OS X
?

It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49
6.Has hybrid synth feature
?

A controller with a mixed (analog and digital) signal path. It creates an authentic synthesizer feel, using a combination of hardware and software.

Arturia KeyLab 49
Novation Impulse 49

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