Novation Launchkey Mk3 25-Key Keyboard Controller
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Novation have improved the Launchkey formula yet again with their latest iteration, the Mk3. For the Launchkey Mk3 Novation have improved the keybed, as well as the size and velocity-sensitivity of the pads. They’ve also added Chord and Scale modes, a built-in arpeggiator, MIDI output, and MIDI map customisation. They’ve also deepened the Launchkey’s Ableton Live integration and added dedicated Logic integration. The Mk3 is Novation’s most powerful controller yet, offering intuitive control for an expressive way to make music on the computer.
This is the 25-key version, the most compact of the full-size Launchkey controllers. With the exception of fader controls, this compact keyboard features all the power of the larger Launchkeys in a format that won’t take up too much space in your setup.
- Deep integration with Ableton Live
- Newly added Logic integration
- Compatible with major DAWs - HUI integration
- 25 Velocity-sensitive keys
- 16 velocity-sensitive, RGB-backlit pads
- Scale mode for mapping a scale to the keys
- Chord mode for triggering full chords with a single key
- Transport and mixer control
- 5-pin MIDI output for controlling for controlling MIDI-compatible hardware
- Create custom MIDI maps
- Free software included
- Three year warranty
With the Launchkey Mk3 making music on the computer is a more efficient, and more enjoyable experience. With full-size velocity-sensitive keys and 16 RGB-backlit velocity-sensitive pads, playing melodies, creating beats, and triggering samples is a responsive and unhindered experience. You also get 8 knobs for controlling parameters, pitch and modulation wheels, and an improved screen.
New to the Launchkey Mk3 are the Scale and Chord modes. With the Scale mode, you can assign a scale to the keys to ensure that you never hit a wrong note. The chord mode allows you to trigger a full chord with only one key, perfect for making the most of your key-space when adding chords to a track. There’s also a built-in arpeggiator with rhythmic controls and 7 playback types opening up plenty of creative avenues. From the onboard controls to the built-in modes, the Launchkey Mk3 features a lot of creative power that’s easily accessible, breaking down the barriers to get your ideas out.
Connectivity and Software Integration
Getting started with the Launchkey Mk3 is really simple as it’s USB-powered and class compliant so you don’t need an external power supply and you don’t need to download any drivers. Novation have added a 5-pin MIDI output to the Mk3, so you can control external MIDI-compatible hardware (you’ll need an external power supply for hardware control).
The Launchkey Mk3 is primarily designed as an Ableton Live controller and Novation worked closely with Ableton to ensure a deep level of integration. With the Launchkey Mk3 you can access all the controls you need in Ableton right from the controller for a seamless workflow. The Launchkey Mk3 also introduces dedicated Logic integration to give you even greater control than previous iterations of the Launchkey. If you’re not an Ableton or Logic user don’t worry, the Launchkey Mk3 is compatible with major DAWs and features HUI integration.
To get you started making music the Launchkey Mk3 comes with a range of free software. The free software includes Ableton Live Lite, a slimmed-down version of Ableton’s powerful DAW and membership to Novation’s Sound Collective which gives you free software every couple of months. You also get plugins and virtual instruments from Serato, Spitfire Audio LABS, Klevgrand, XLN Audio, and AAS. In addition, you get a 2-month membership to Splice Sounds to enjoy their library of samples for free.
- Ableton Live 10 Lite
- Serato Sample LE
- Spitfire Audio LABS – Expressive Strings (exclusive)
- Splice Sounds 2 months membership
- KlevgrandR0Verb and DAW Cassette
- XLN Audio AddicitiveKeys
- AAS Session Bundle
- Novation Sound Collective membership
Firmware Update V1.1
Firmware update V1.1 adds a range of features, many requested by the community, to improve functionality and help you be more creative. A big new feature is the addition of Strum Mode, a great inspirational tool to help you explore new ideas and add a new dimension to your sound. Just hold down the notes and trigger strum mode via the mod wheel; strum mode can also be used alongside other arpeggiators on the Launchkey for even more possibilities.
Other features include an adjustable pad brightness, toggled pad velocity and toggled MIDI clock output. There's also a new double-tap shift function for arp and fixed chord modes that latches the shift button which enables one-handed control of shift-modified buttons.
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