Novation Launches Contest For Launch Owners

Novation-Launch-RangeNovation has announced a contest for owners of their Launch- products, with a first prize of all-expenses paid trip to Berlin. The prize-winner’s trip comes bundled with a week-long course in Ableton Live and a club performance at the end of the trip.

One hundred runners-up will win a ProducerTech course (no travel required), and all contest entrants will receive a Loopmasters sample pack and an Ableton Live performance tutorial video.
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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.
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New Kick Drum Synth Plugin – Big Kick

PlugInBoutique_Big_KickPlugin Boutique has just released their first plugin, Big Kick, designed specifically from kick drum synthesis.


  • Kick drum synthesis – can replicate the majority of today’s and yesterday’s kick sounds*
  • Factory library includes 300 attack types and 110 presets
  • Tuned kick drums
  • Easily integrates with your existing sample libraries
  • Easier to use than any previous kick drum design tool
  • Drag-and-drop sample creation
  • Auto-play mode for instant start and jamming
  • No-phase-shift free-sound-shaping Overdrive
  • High pass filter (again, phase-shift-free): avoid nasty surprises in the bottom end.

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Novation Launchpad S Control Pack For Live Performance

This morning, Novation announced their new Launchpad S Control Pack, a kit containing all the gear a musician would need in order to create and perform electronic music with Ableton Live.

The Launchpad S Control Pack is made up of the Novation Launchpad S and Launch Control, two custom-made protective sleeves for the hardware, Ableton Live Lite 9, and a large 1 GB pack of Loopmasters samples. Continue reading

Novation Announces Launchpad Mini

Today Novation has announced its new Launchpad Mini, calling it “the Launchpad for the iPad Generation.”

Launchpad Mini is a compact version of the Novation Launchpad, featuring 64 tricolor launch pads and 16 performance buttons that enable the user to produce and perform music with an iPad (as well as the PC or Mac) by playing loops and effects.

Launchpad Mini works with the free Launchpad iPad app to play loops and to control “DJ-style” effects. Users can also download sound packs from within the app, and, with an update, import the users’ own samples.

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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. Continue reading

Focusrite Debuts Scarlett Studio Kit


Audio interface manufacturer Focusrite has announced its new Scarlett Studio home studio kit, which includes all the gear required to record musical tracks, including a fully-featured music software suite that works with both the Mac or PC.

Components include:

  • Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface: A two-in, two-out USB 2.0 audio interface that features a pair of Focusrite preamps. Scarlett 2i2 offers 24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A conversion, plus analogue and digital circuit design from input to output “to ensure pristine audio quality throughout.”
  • Scarlett Studio CM25 Microphone: This tailored large-diaphragm electret condenser microphone captures sound from a wide range of sources sources, from vocals to violins to guitar amps, thanks to its cardioid pickup pattern and frequency response of 30Hz to 20kHz. A 3m XLR-XLR microphone cable is also included.
  • Scarlett Studio HP60 Headphones: Large drivers and a closed-back design allow you to monitor mixes accurately and overdub vocals and instruments with minimum spill. Frequency response of 10Hz to 30kHz.
  • Scarlett Studio Software Suite: Focusrite has teamed up with Steinberg to include Cubase LE 6 music production software. Record up to 16 tracks of audio and 24 tracks of MIDI, and run VST audio instruments and effects, such as the compressor, reverb, gate and EQ processors included in the Focusrite Scarlett plug-in bundle. Novation’s Bass Station soft synth is also included, as well as over 1GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.

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