Novation Launchkey 25 USB Controller

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Launchkey – Next generation instrument for computer and iPad

As well as enabling hands-on control of your DAW’s mixer, instruments and more, Launchkey is an integrated software/hardware instrument. The control surface has been designed to work tightly alongside two intuitive apps for iPad: the Launchkey app and the Launchpad app* - plus the powerful V-Station & Bass Station synth plug-ins for Mac and Windows.

Not just a controller keyboard - fully integrated instrument for Mac, PC & iPad
Launchkey includes an entire suite of software for iPad, Mac and PC including a brand new Launchkey synth app, a Launchpad app* for triggering and improvising with loops, and the powerful V-Station and Bass Station soft synths for Mac and PC - not to mention Ableton Live Lite and a huge Loopmasters sample pack.

'InControl' technology instantly maps to all major DAWs and music software
Launchkey is a controller for all major music software, giving you hands-on control of your mixer, transport and more in Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Logic and Cubase. With nine faders, nine buttons, eight rotary knobs and transport controls, nothing comes close to Launchkey for sheer controllability.

Novation Launchpad for iPad
The Novation Launchpad is a music performance app for iPad that will have you making beats and triggering loops instantly. It's packed full of high quality loops and sounds that can be combined in the multi-colour 8x6 Launchpad grid to make and remix music. The built-in time stretching always keeps you locked in to the beat, so your loops don't go out of time.

High on power – low on complexity
The app follows some of the key features from the 'Launchpad' hardware, now used by many of the worlds famous DJs and performers, but strips out much of the complexity. Eight volume sliders allow quick volume changes and simple FX modes offer cool DJ effects such as stutter FX and synced filter FX, adding fun ways to remix your music and make your performance unique.

  • DAW Control - Instant access to major DAW control parameters – with no assignment necessary
  • Bus powered – no PSU required.  Launchkey is fully bus-powered, even with iPad. Just plug it in and go, with no power supply or batteries
  • One gigabyte Loopmasters sample pack - Launchkey includes one gigabyte of Loopmasters sample content including artist packs, drum samples and sound FX
  • Ableton Live Lite - Ableton’s ground-breaking performance and production software is included with Launchkey


Things You Will Get:

    Launchkey 25
    Ableton Live Lite DAW
    Loopmasters sample pack
Series Launchkey
Model Launchkey 25

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NovationLaunchkey 25 USB Controller
 
4.5

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        5.0

        Cool compact midi controller by Novation

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        from Orlando,fl

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              Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 USB Controller:

              Nice compact midi controller by Novation!!
              Comes with a lot of features and fully mappable.
              Lots of controls and great feel.
              Multi color pads and works great with ableton.
              Good for traveling and lightweight.
              "This is a real hands on product review from Billy@ Sam Ash Orlando"

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              5.0

              GREAT SIZE

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              from Lombard Il

              Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 USB Controller:

              Portable 25 key controller built for Abelton live, but can be used for a variety of different software's. Perfect for the on the go DJ and Beatmaker.

               
              4.0

              The quality of the unit is impressive

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              from Indianapolis, IN

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                    Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 USB Controller:

                    The Launchkey 25 features eight rotary encoders, one slider (you get nine on the 49-/61-keyers), 16 pads (the very same ones featured on Novation's ubiquitous Launchpad), separate mod/pitch wheels, sustain pedal input and 25 semiweighted keys. The keys feel fantastic to play, and the wheels, pads and buttons are pleasingly tactile and of high quality. The transport buttons correspond to their equivalents in any DAW (Play, Stop, Record, Fast Forward, Rewind, Loop on/off). These are placed well and worked exactly as advertised when we tested them with FL Studio and Ableton Live. Transport controls on MIDI keyboards are nothing new, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be commended when they're done well. Nice work, Novation.

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                    5.0

                    launchkey 25

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                    from Cincinnati

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                          Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 USB Controller:

                          Maps easily to ableton and other daws, comes with a multitude of controls, Pretty much a one stop shop for the studio
                          hands on product review from Lee @ Sam Ash Cincinnati

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                          5.0

                          Great 25-key Ableton Keyboard!

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                          from Chicago, Il

                          Staff Reviewer

                          Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 USB Controller:

                          This is the 25 key version of the Launch Key system. Easy integration with Abelton Live out of the box makes this a no brainer keyboard.

                          This is a hands-on review from Ken @ Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

                           
                          4.0

                          Get things cooking with Ableton

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                          from Indianpolis, IN

                          Staff Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Ableton
                          • easy to use

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                            Best Uses

                            • Dance
                            • Edm

                            Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 USB Controller:

                            If you use Ableton, this controller is a no-brainer. Easy set up and mapping with Ableton and beat pads to take advantage of those times when the keys just don't cut it. Also trigger scenes from the controller as well. As a teacher of Ableton, take my advice and grab one of these today.

                            This is a real, hands on review from Steve at Sam Ash in Indianapolis

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                            4.0

                            Durable

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                            from Cincinnati, OH

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                            • Portable
                            • Rugged
                            • Simple

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Performing

                              Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 USB Controller:

                              This small controller is very simple and powerful. With the Launchpad App making beats and keeping time is super easy. It also very portable and durable when moving from show to show.
                              This is a real hands on review by Billy @ Sam Ash

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                              4.0

                              Full Ableton Integration

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                              from Chicago

                              Staff Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Good Key Response

                              Cons

                              • No speakers

                              Best Uses

                              • DJs
                              • Electronic Music
                              • MIDI
                              • Recording

                              Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 USB Controller:

                              While being compact with only 25 keys this controller will offer full on intergration into abletons software. With the new clip launch feature built into the controller it will allow you to launch pre recorded tracks while recording new ones at the same time. It will also function in any other DAW.

                              This is a hands on review from Jason at Sam Ash Buffalo grove

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                              5.0

                              Great with ableton

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                              from Edison, NJ

                              Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 USB Controller:

                              The novation launchkey 25 is an awesome midi controller. Maps automatically with ableton. Drum pads and faders adds much needed versitility to the controller making it a one stop piece fro any studio.

                              This is a hands-on product review by Tamir @ Sam Ash Edison

                               
                              4.0

                              Great control over Ableton

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                              from Long Island, NY.

                              Staff Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Affordable
                              • Durable
                              • easy to use
                              • Portable
                              • Sleek

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                                Best Uses

                                • Ableton User
                                • DJ
                                • Electronic
                                • Live
                                • Studio

                                Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 USB Controller:

                                For those out there that need a relatively compact midi controller with some DAW controls look no further. This 25 key device by NOVATION gives you great control over parameters in Ableton and other DAWS. I was amazed how easy it was to use and was already paired and synced as soon as I plugged in. The keys are a good quality and the unit all around is pretty durable. It has a nice design and looks great on stage.

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                                The Manufacturer warranty covers 12 month parts and labor from the date of purchase.

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