Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller

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Launchkey – The next generation instrument for your computer and iPad

Launchkey is a range of keyboard controllers with up to 50 physical controls including 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour launch pads that trigger clips and scenes in Ableton Live. As well as enabling hands-on control of your DAW’s mixer, transport 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.

The result is more than a USB controller keyboard; it's a powerful integrated instrument with more hands-on control than any other device in its class. In addition to the integrated instrument functionality, standard MIDI control is also provided, making it an ideal partner for a digital audio workstation, giving you instant control of track volumes, panning, sends and other settings with Novation’s InControl software integration system. The 16 dual-colour backlit launch pads are velocity-sensitive and can be used to play drums and trigger loops in your software as well as launching clips and scenes in Ableton Live.

The Launchkey 49 features velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard, 16 launch pads, two Launchpad control buttons and eight rotary controls. They also have a 3-digit LED display, transport controls, pitch and mod wheels, sustain pedal input, transpose buttons, and more.

In addition to software for Mac and PC, Launchkey integrates with two powerful iPad apps. The Launchkey synth app runs on iPad 2 or later and uses Novation synth engine technology in a new and intuitive touchscreen interface. Multiple synth parameters can be controlled at once tocreate unique effects, while keyboard knobs tie directly into synth controls. The Launchpad app uses the buttons to trigger loops and a range of performance effects including stutter and synced filter effects.

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NovationLaunchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller
 
4.4

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Portable (6)
  • Responsive / good action (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Touch sensitive keys (4)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic music (5)
    • Accompaniment (3)
    • Concerts (3)
    • Learning (3)
    • MIDI (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

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    4.0

    Nice Controller

    By 

    from Columbus Ohio

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller:

        This is a great pro quality keyboard controller. 49 full size keys is just enough to cover all the bases I need while also making it portable enough to stow away when not in use. Works great with my iMac.
        This is hands on review by Jim at Sam Ash Columbus

         
        5.0

        Cool Midi controller by Novation!!

        By 

        from Orlando, Fl

        About Me Professional Musician

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Chamber Music
          • Concerts
          • Electronic Music
          • Learning
          • MIDI
          • School Bands
          • Travel

          Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller:

          Awesome 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.
          "This is a real hands on product review from Billy@ Sam Ash Orlando"

           
          4.0

          Prepare for Launch!

          By 

          from Indianapolis, IN

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          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music

            Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller:

            Novation's Launchkey 49 USB/iOS MIDI controller is delightfully compact and portable, while giving you the ability to comfortable play two-handed parts. Novation outfitted this next-gen 'board with 49 smooth, synth-weighted keys, nine faders and buttons, eight encoders, and dedicated transport controls. 16 velocity-sensitive, multicolor trigger pads let you play percussion, start loops, and launch clips and scenes in Ableton. Powered by your computer or iPad, Launchkey gives you hands-on control of your DAW's mixer, instruments and more, and works with Novation's Launchkey and Launchpad iPad apps. InControl technology provides automatic hardware mapping of your mixer, transport, plug-in instruments and effects in Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase, Logic and other DAWs.

             
            5.0

            Launchkey49

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            from Cincinnati

            About Me Professional Musician

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Portable
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller:

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

                 
                5.0

                Great keyboard for Ableton Live!

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                from Chicago, Il

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller:

                      Having owned this keyboard I can attest to the great features novation has packed into it. Easy control over clip launching as well as all the virtual faders and instrument control knobs out of the box makes this a huge win for Ableton Live users.

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

                       
                      4.0

                      Your key to Ableton

                      By 

                      from Indianapolis, IN

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Staff Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Portable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Electronic Music
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI 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

                         
                        4.0

                        Durable

                        By 

                        from Cincinnati, OH

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                        Staff Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Portable
                        • Realistic Sound
                        • Responsive / Good Action

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Electronic Music
                          • Learning
                          • MIDI
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller:

                          This controller is very durable. That's my favorite thing about it. If you are a live performer this will hold up when moving from place to place. And with MIDI, recording is too easy.
                          This is a real hands on review by Billy @ Sam Ash

                           
                          4.0

                          Full on Ableton Integration

                          By 

                          from Chicago

                          About Me Experienced

                          Staff Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Portable
                          • Responsive / Good Action

                          Cons

                          • No Speakers

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment
                          • Electronic Music
                          • Learning
                          • MIDI

                          Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller:

                          Novation has teamed up with Ableton to bring a compact 49 key midi controller with the ability to launch clips with in the ableton software. 8 fully mapable faders and a pitch and mod wheel are also featured on this controller. while it will midi map to any DAW it has an extreme ease of use within any version of ableton.

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

                           
                          5.0

                          Great with ableton

                          By 

                          from Edison, NJ

                          Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller:

                          The novation launchkey 49 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

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