Musical development software has been in existence since the 1960s. Like any other technology. It has been refined and improved over the years to arguably its best ever state. Today, computers can make musical notes by themselves and it is widely acknowledged that the future of music is computer based. One company that is at the heart of this musical future is Automap. Automap is a musical software that assigns hardware controls to different software variables. Most MIDI controllers don’t control plug-ins well despite having sliders and knobs, Automap allows you to monitor how different controls alter the performance of the music software. Novation’s Automap Control Software is exclusive to all Novation controllers and gives direct access to all major Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs).
How to Use Novation’s Impulse 49 Automap Control Software:
There are a number of good Novation controllers currently in the market but perhaps the most expressive of them all is the Novation Impulse. There are three versions of the Novation Impulse from which you can choose from; the 61, 49 and 25 key versions. However, The Impulse 49 is the subject of our focus. It comes with smooth and easy to use function knobs, 45mm faders, a custom-made LCD screen, and numerous buttons to enhance your experience. All of these features work perfectly with all major music software and can be projected to other parameters as well. It also has drum pads sensitive to pressure that you can use to design arpeggios, create looping samples and in rolling beats. These drum pads also can also serve in Ableton live as clip launchers. Their multicoloured feature allows one to tell whether a clip is recording(red), playing(green) or just loaded(yellow). Perhaps its best feature is its compatibility with just about any device. It has a USB port and is class compliant making it easy to plug into a Windows or Mac even without a power supply.
Use of the Novation Impulse 49 with DAW software:
The Novation Impulse 49 is designed to work with all major DAW including Fruity Loops Studio, Studio One, Garage Band, Logic, Cubase, Sonar, ProTools and Ableton (which is included upon purchase of Impulse). All you need to do is to install any of the supported DAWs into either your Windows or Mac and connect your Novation Impulse to your PC and create music.
Do you have to use DAW software with the Impulse 49?
While it is not necessary for you to use DAW software to create music with this device, it is advisable to do so if you are to get the best out of both the Novation Impulse and the DAW software. It allows you to be more hands-on with the DAW in use making your music more expressive and precise. Novation’s Automap Control Software is currently running at version 4.1. A free update is available to all users and is much easier to set up than its predecessors and offers a better-streamlined workflow. If you’re looking to buy a new DAW controller whether it’s for work, school or just for fun then you should definitely consider Novation’s Automap Control Software.
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