Novation Launches Revamped RGB Launchpad

Novation_Launchpad_MK2Novation has unveiled its newly-revamped Launchpad controller.

Keeping its familiar 8 x 8 pad grid, the updated Launchpad now has glowing RGB pads and a new industrial design.

Designed for easy integration with Ableton Live, the Launchpad’s RGB LEDs match the color of the clips in your Live session view, making it easier to see at a glance what’s playing. Use the color-coordinated pads to launch clips, play drums, start and stop loops, arm tracks, and control volumes, pans and sends – or anything else one can do with Max for Live.

Novation_Launchpad_2015Launchpad Features:

  • 64 (8×8 grid) square RGB backlit buttons
  • 8 round RGB backlit system buttons (assignable)
  • 8 round RGB backlit function buttons (not assignable)
  • USB socket / Fully USB bus powered
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Expandible with additional Launchpads, Launch Controls, Launch Control XL, or Launchkey
  • Software Compatibility:
    Ableton Live Lite 9 is included
    Compatible with Ableton Live v 8 and up

Here’s Novation’s official video intro, featuring beatmaker / drumthumb Buddy Peace:

The Launchpad is also boxed with 1 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples, Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser, Novation V Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser

Pricing and Availability. The Novation Launchpad will be available later in June 2015, at a suggested retail price of $169.99.

Addditional information about the revamped Launchpad is available on the Novation website.

16 thoughts on “Novation Launches Revamped RGB Launchpad

    1. I had just been using the mini and just got the control XL when it was on sale (so now it is kind of like my old APC but bus powered) – hadn’t seen the pro – looks cool though

  1. I want a synthesizer, that looks something like that.
    -pressure sensitive grid of buttons with poly after touch.
    -multi channel step sequencer
    -multi timbral synthesizer
    -midi controller

    $1000

    Put a sampler there as well and I’ll go as high as $2000

  2. I’m glad they are updating these things, however what it needs is velocity and aftertouch on each pad more than pretty lights. I love pretty lights, they are pretty. But come on, this is 2015.

    1. I think this is replacing their old launchpad and the velocity sensitive one is the already announce Pro model.

  3. instead of making one with velocity and one with not . why not just make one version with velocity and make it cost inbetween both the pro and non pro

    1. Because they can sell more by giving people options at different prices, so you don’t have to pay for features you don’t need?

      1. They did research a model between standard and pro, called the No-Go. But how do you do a model between a lauchpad with trigger pads only and a lauchpad that has velocity/aftertouch – do you drop the aftertouch or do 32 trigger pads and 32 dynamic!? I don’t get it? Many companies are bringing out odd little things, but Novation seem balanced. They give out innovation when it is needed and refine in time. I wish more companies had that focus.

  4. Buyer Beware! The LaunchPad and LaunchPad PRO are two different animals.
    LaunchPad PRO has velocity and Poly Pressure, the LaunchPad does not. The Pro version can be identified by having round buttons on all 4 sides of the grid.

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