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It's been more than 5 years since the original Launchpad revolutionised performance in electronic music through the use of a grid based design of pads to fully control your instruments,track and mix. Novation have finally released a follow-up the launchpad pro, with a range of enhanced features.
The pads are the main feature of the Launchpad, and accordingly they've had a major overhaul. Most noticably, they now give full RGB LED feedback to help you navigate the different functions to control your instruments and track. It's now really simple to apply effects, switch to specific mixer controls and know exactly where you are and what you are doing so that you can focus on the music you're creating.
So with instruments the grid illuminates as a chromatic keyboard, Press and hold the mixer function to see and quickly change levels as a transition with a vertical fader grid use the velocity sensitivity to denote how quickly the fader moves.
The feel has also been updated for more control by making the pads pressure AND velocity sensitive for dynamic and expressive musical performances.
Here's What Novation Say About the Launchpad Pro Controller
Use an 8x8 grid of RGB velocity-sensitive pads to trigger and combine clips, create dynamic beats, bash out melodic lines and control your external hardware.
Enhance your performance:
Launchpad Pro is the best and simplest performance grid instrument for Ableton Live. It integrates seamlessly and simplifies the challenge of performing live in Ableton, by giving you hands-on control of your clips and tracks with four simple modes: Session, Note, Device and User. You don't need to set anything up; simply plug in and starting playing your music – everything will just work
Control just about anything:
Whichever software you're using, Launchpad Pro lets you control it and any piece of external hardware. Plug it straight into Logic Pro and play it like a keyboard, or connect the MIDI ports to Bass Station II and play riffs on your grid.
Immediately play your clips:
The 8x8 grid of RGB pads light up to match the colour of your clips in Ableton, so you can concentrate on triggering and combining your loops and ideas.
The pads automatically assign themselves to the notes of one of 32 keys and modes, making it impossible to play out of key.
Make dynamic beats: drum racks are automatically laid out and illuminated, which makes it as easy as possible to create expressive beats and drum performances using the velocity and pressure-sensitive pads.
Play it like an instrument:
You can easily play notes, scales and chords on the grid, because Launchpad Pro illuminates its pads in melodic layouts. You'll get RGB LED feedback every time you press a pad and, if you're in Standalone Mode, you can use the grid to play any of your software and external hardware, too.
Mix without losing focus:
Get slick, immediate access to all your mixer controls mid-performance, so you stay in your flow. There's no need to enter a separate mixer mode; press and hold a mixer function button (like mute or volume), make a change, and then simply release the button to drop straight back into your performance.
Easily control your effects:
Control any Ableton effect or instrument mid-performance to add engaging, expressive effects like reverb, beat repeats and filters. The button grid turns into eight velocity-sensitive vertical faders, with LED feedback for super smooth effect transitions.
Build your own creations:
Max for Live lets you use your Launchpad Pro however you like: turn it into a step sequencer, trigger videos from drum pads or use it to create just about anything you can imagine. Alternatively, engage with the whole community of Max for Live creators to find limitless inspiration and downloads.
Sleek, lightweight and modular:
This grid is built for performing. It's compact and light enough to throw in your bag, yet tough enough to survive the roughest gigs. You can bus-power it via USB, or use the included power supply to take full advantage of the super bright RGB LEDs during dusk performances. Like all Launch products, you can chain it to multiple Launchpads and connect it to the rest of your studio or live setup.
Make music immediately:
It's class compliant and doesn't need any drivers: you just install the software, plug it in and start performing.
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.
Use Melodics to hone your pad drumming skills for free.
Get started with Launchpad in seconds:
Launchpad Arcade is a place where you can get straight into making music with Launchpad's familiar clip-based user interface.
Novation Sound Collective
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- Ableton Live Lite
- 4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
- Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser
- Novation V Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser
- One of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys instruments
- Free Melodics lessons
What's In The Box:
- Novation Launchpad Pro
- USB cable
- Printed Getting Started Guide
- 2x MIDI breakout cables
- 12V DC power supply
- Safety information sheet
Product Hardware Specifications
- 64 RGB backlit velocity and pressure sensitive button grid
- 32 RGB backlit round mode buttons
- One setup button
- Front LED strip
- Orange rubber base mat
- High retention USB connector
- Two MIDI sockets (3.5mm jack sockets with MIDI din break-out cables)
- Power supply connector
- Power switch
- Kensington Security Slot
- Launchpad 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 is included
- If you already have Ableton Live it must be version 9 or greater to work with Launchpad Pro. We recommend that you update to the latest version as previous versions of Ableton Live do not include the Launchpad Pro integration. Launchpad Pro will also work as a standard MIDI controller.
- USB bus powered on Mac or PC. Power supply (included) and camera connection kit or USB camera adapter (not included) required for use with iOS devices
- 12V DC Power supply included
- Maximum power consumption 12V DC 1A
- 260mm width x 260mm depth x 29mm height
- Weight: 1.22kg