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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
 
4.6

(based on 12 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (9)
  • Responsive / good action (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Touch sensitive keys (6)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic music (8)
    • Concerts (6)
    • MIDI (6)
    • Learning (5)
    • Travel (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (7), Experienced (4)

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    5.0

    Great MIDI Keyboard Controller

    By 

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Premapped To Major Daws
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music
      • Hip-hop Production
      • MIDI
      • Travel

      Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller:

      The Launchkey 49 key MIDI keyboard from Novation is a really great product. It plugs into your MAC or PC via USB and has an input for a standard sustain pedal. It is solidly built and has enough controls to link to all of your favorite parameters inside your DAW. It comes premapped to all of your favorite DAWs---Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason, and Logic Pro thanks to Novation's 'InControl' technology.

      The keys are not weighted but are velocity sensitive. Also, the keys are not as stiff as thekeys in some of the other brands of this type of MIDI keyboard. This boils down to a personal
      preference.

      Personally I've found the drumpads on this thing to feel better than other models. It is mucheasier to feel the pad press down, and they are laid out nicely. They also sense velocity nicely.

      The pots and faders on this keyboard feel nice are are easy to manipulate. They are automatically
      mapped to your mixer for quick levelling and panning.

      I use this keyboard in FL Studio (Fruity Loops) and it works perfectly. There is an official template online for the FPC which allows you to use the drumpads with it. It is easy to play different synths using the velocity sensitive keys, they work well.

      Overall, I really like the layout of the transport controls with respect to the rest of the components. It really eases the workflow and provides a great system for DAW control.

      I am an employee at Sam Ash Music and will be compensated in exchange for writing this review.

       
      5.0

      Powerful, smooth workflow

      By 

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Professional Musician

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller:

        The Novation LaunchKey 49 is a great MIDI controller for anyone looking for something that is made well, works the way it is supposed to, and is portable. Besides the 49 keys, you also get MIDI-assignable knobs, 8 faders, and 16 LaunchPad pads you can map however you choose. It works with PC, Mac, and iPad, and although it is designed to work well with Ableton you can use it in many different DAW's. It is also fully bus powered, even with the iPad. What this means for you is that you can use it on the go, no matter what device you are using, without the need for an external power source. You also have full transport controls on the board, so you don't have to keep getting to your mouse every time you want to press play, stop, record, etc. All in all, this is a must have for any producer, performer, or songwriter to have in their arsenal, especially if you are using Ableton.

        This is a real hands on product review by Steve at Sam Ash Music in Lyndhurst, OH

         
        5.0

        Value plus

        By 

        from Cincinnati,OH

        About Me Professional Musician

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Electronic Music
          • Learning
          • MIDI

          Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 - 49 Note MIDI Controller:

          A great midi controller that is very affordable. Great for any starter electronic musician. Easy to set up and use. I am as staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

           
          4.0

          Nice Controller

          By 

          from Columbus Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          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:

              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

                About Me Experienced

                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

                  By 

                  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!

                      By 

                      from Chicago, Il

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Staff Reviewer

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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

                              About Me Experienced

                              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

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