2013 NAMM Show: Novation today introduced a new line of MIDI controllers, Launchkey, that offers 50+ physical controls, including 16 velocity-sensitive multi-color trigger-pads for launching clips and scenes in Ableton Live. The Novation LaunchKey line offers 25, 49 and 61 note keyboard controllers.
In addition the keyboard and DAW controls, Launchkey is ‘an integrated software/hardware instrument’. The control surface has been designed to work tightly alongside two intuitive apps for iPad: the Launchkey and Launchpad apps – plus V-Station & Bass Station synth plug-ins for Mac and Windows.
- Launchkey comes with a brand new Launchkey app and Launchpad apps for iPad and the powerful Novation V-Station and Bass Station synth plug-ins for Mac and PC
- Novation DAW control with Launchkey – ‘InControl’ technology connects hardware controls directly to all major DAWs. Quick, hands-on control of your mixer, transport and more in Ableton, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase and Logic
- Launchkey launch pads – 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour launch pads for playing and sketching out drum beats, or launching and improvising with loops using the Launchpad app – they also launch clips and scenes in Ableton Live
- 50 faders, knobs, pads and buttons (35 on 25-note version)
- DAW control with Novation Launchkey – Instant access to major DAW control parameters – with no assignment necessary
- Bus powered – Launchkey is fully bus-powered, even with iPad. Just plug it in and go, with no power supply or batteries
- 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
Here’s the official intro video:
UPDATE: Pricing and availability
Launchkey 49 will be commercially available at the end of February 2013, and the 25- and 61-key models will debut in April.
- Launchkey 25 MSRP $189.99 / $149.99 at dealers
- Launchkey 49 MSRP $249.99 / $199.99 at dealers
- Launchpad 61 MSRP $299.99 / $249.99 at dealers