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The Launchkey has had an upgrade. Shining in their RGB glory, the MK 2 Launchkey has full colour pads that you can assign or use to navigate your music, giving a new dimension to your work flow
The sleek and super fun Launchkey series offers the quickest and easiest way to produce and perform electronic music with a design that breeds creativity. It's got a synth-style keyboard that's lightweight, fast and expressive, 8 smooth rotary knobs and 16 glorious full RGB Pads
The Launchkey series have been designed to fully integrate with Ableton live, so that you can just plug in via USB and all of the knobs, faders, keys and controls will work perfectly first time you open a session.
However you don't have to use Ableton if thats not your bag. The Launchkey has InControl which automatically maps all the controls to your favourite DAW or music software, whether it's Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools, Reason or FL Studio. You can even connect a Launchkey to your iPad using an Apple Camera Connection Kit for a fantastically portable music setup.
Here's what Novation say about the Launchkey Series
This latest generation of Launchkey is our most focused MIDI keyboard controller for Ableton Live. It’s the quickest and easiest way to produce and perform electronic music – because we designed it specifically for the purpose. You just plug in via USB and the keys, faders, knobs and pads immediately give you hands-on control of your grid, instruments, effects and mixer. Of course, if you don’t use Ableton, it will map to other major music software too using InControl.
Designed for Ableton Live:
All controls work immediately and can be freely reassigned.
See your session in full colour:
RGB pads match the colour of your clips.
Create expressive beats:
All 16 pads are velocity-sensitive for creating dynamic drum beats.
Shape your sound:
Tweak your instruments and effects to perfection using eight rock solid knobs
Take it anywhere:
Compact and tough enough to chuck in your bag without needing a power cable
Control all major music software:
Get automatic hands-on control of other DAWs
Plug in and play:
USB bus-powered and totally class compliant, so it works straight away without any drivers
Make music immediately:
Includes Ableton Live Lite, one of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys instruments, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples.
Enjoy two years of warranty:
Rely on our two-year warranty if any Novation hardware needs repairing or replacing due to a manufacturing fault
Practice chords, notes and rhythm:
Use Melodics to improve your keyboard skills and hone your pad drumming skills for free.
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- Ableton Live Lite
- 4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
- One of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys instruments
- Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser
- Novation V Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser
- Free Melodics lessons
What's In The Box
- Novation Launchkey 61 Mk2
- USB cable
- Printed Getting Started Guide
- Safety information sheet
Product Hardware Specifications
- 61 note velocity sensitive synth style keyboard
- 16 full-colour RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
- 8 knobs
- 9 sliders
- 6 dedicated transport controls
- Pitch bend and modulation wheels
- 2 octave / transpose buttons
- 7 segment 3 character LED display
- 2 Track / MIDI Channel buttons
- 8 mute / solo buttons plus toggle button
- 3 InControl buttons (49 & 61 note)
- 2 full-colour RGB backlit round buttons
- USB socket
- DC power socket
- Sustain pedal 1/4” jack socket
- Kensington security slot
- Launchkey 61 is class compliant, so will work with any modern Mac, Windows or Linux PC. For further information see the Novation web site.
- Ableton Live Lite 9 — Powerful composition and live performance software
- Novation Bass Station software synth — virtual version of Novation’s classic bass synth.
- Novation V-Station software synth — powerful virtual polysynth with tons of great presets.
- Addictive Keys — choose one model from the pro-grade XLN Audio lineup.
- Loopmasters Loops and Samples — 4GB of content spanning multiple genres.
- Free keyboard lessons from Melodics.
- If you already have Ableton Live it must be version 9 or greater to work with Launchkey. We recommend that you update to the latest version as previous versions of Ableton Live do not include the Launchkey integration for InControl. Launchkey will also work as a standard MIDI controller.
- Fully USB bus powered on Mac or PC.
- Camera connection kit or USB camera adapter required for use with iOS devices (not included). Power supply must also be used (not included).
- Maximum power consumption 9V DC 250mA (Power supply not included)
- Launchkey 61: 940mm length x 270mm depth x 90mm height