Novation Releases Launchkey Mini Controller

Novation has announced the release of its new Launchkey Mini, a mini-key instrument/controller and the latest in Novations family of “Launch” products. It works with the new Novation Launchpad and Launchkey iPad apps, and delivers hands-on control of major Mac and Windows music software including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason, and Logic.

Launchkey Mini features 16 velocity-sensitive, tricolor launch pads – used to trigger sounds, effects, transport controls, and more. In addition, Launchkey Mini also features a 25-note keyboard, eight assignable rotary controls plus seven function buttons and another two performance buttons.

Launchkey Mini Overview:

  • Instrument and controller for iPad, Mac and PC
  • 25-note mini keyboard
  • 26 assignable controls
  • 16 velocity-sensitive, three color launch pads
  • Eight knobs, seven function buttons, two performance buttons
  • Bundled with free software for iPad, PC, and Mac

Launchkey Mini connects directly to the iPad using the Apple Camera Connection Kit, which must be purchased separately. The Launchkey Mini can be powered by the iPad.

In addition, Launchkey Mini comes with a suite of apps for iPad, Mac and PC for using the controller as a production and performance instrument.

Software included with the Novation Launchkey Mini:

  • Novation Launchkey app (for iPad)
  • Novation Launchpad app (for iPad)
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Novation V-Station soft synth
  • Novation Bass Station soft synth
  • Loopmasters sample pack

Pricing and Availability. The Launchkey Mini has begun to ship worldwide this month, and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $124.99 ($99.99 street). For additional information, check out the Novation website.

30 thoughts on “Novation Releases Launchkey Mini Controller

    1. Yeah, I find it a bit odd that they’re offering this as a ‘launchkey promo video’ rather than a ‘mini SERIES promo.’ Nice if they include velocity on the launchpad mini, but I doubt it – nobody would buy the launchpad S! I expect they’ll release the pair for $100 each.

      Also… reading into this a bit – they clearly state the pads are velocity sensitive but stay mum on whether the KEYS are… hmmm.

  1. I’m the homeless guy in the video and you can tell by the look on my face that even I was like ok please play something else already …

  2. 13 minutes of randomly sampled youtube audio files. Nice.

    Next time release a 8-note mini keyboard with a 40 min video promo with 5 homeless people.

  3. DOH!

    I’m the editor and I forgot to splice all the different scenes together into one short video!

    Novation just sacked me :((

  4. Cool controller, terrible promo!

    Note to Novation: Next time, have the guy use the portable setup someplace fun. By the time he was making music in the stairwell, it looked like he blew his rent money on gear!

  5. Mmm…Let me find the most difficult places to sit and find out how long it takes my body to cramp up.
    Not too many specs available on the website. MIDI in for pad feedback? No CV/Gate out.

  6. Um Hmmm, there’s nothing like the smell of a homeless person to inspire you. They’re focusing on the launchpad so much you don’t notice the keyboard. Do they even want to sell these things?

  7. The first time he created this tune, was in the privacy of his own water closet, all alone locked up with his music gear. Seriously, I am a huge fan of Novation but sorry pigeons just don’t do it for me.
    Guys, what message are you trying to convey here?

  8. The worse promo video ever!!!!! The same song several times in 13 mins video without focusing on the keyboard itself with a shitty music.
    And that guy looks the most sad and alone person ever.

  9. I’m the cabbie in this video, and they never paid me but promised album credits instead. I’m gonna be famous and not have to drive mongoloid musicians ever again.

  10. Ok, so, the Launchkey Mini allows me to do uncomfortably in 13 minutes what I could otherwise only do comfortably do in five minutes at home.

    Seriously, the gear looks nice, but what a useless video.

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