How To Use MIDI In An All Hardware Setup

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Many people are going to look at the recently introduced Novation Launch Control XL as a cool MIDI controller for Ableton Live.

But the fact that you can edit what each knob, slider and button does means that it can be repurposed to do almost anything.

In the video below, Novation’s Chris Calcutt demonstrates using the Launch Control XL as a control center for an all-hardware setup. Calcutt flies through his discussion, but it highlights the importance of the 30 year old MIDI standard and how it lets you assemble complex rigs that combine new and old hardware and software: Continue reading

Novation Launch Control XL Review

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Novation recently introduced the Launch Control XL – a new MIDI controller that they call ‘the ultimate controller for Ableton Live’.

Novation now offers a wide variety of controller options for Live:

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It’s great to have so many options – but where does the new Launch Control XL fit in?

Nlaunch-controlovation released the original Launch Control, right, last year. It’s a smaller MIDI controller, designed as a companion for the Launchpad S.

The Launchpad S is primarily an 8×8 grid controller. The original Launch Control is designed to be an add-on that brings 16 knobs and 8 pads to your system.

The new Launch Control XL is still designed to be a companion to the Launchpad S, but the XL version takes everything about the original up a notch.

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Novation Debuts Max For Live ‘Launchsync’ Solution

Novation_Launchsync_with_devicesToday Novation announced the release of Launchsync, a Max For Live solution for synchronizing controllers when working in “an expansive session view” in Ableton Live.

Created in partnership with Isotonik Studios, Novation’s Launchsync solution synchronizes the user’s Launch devices, allowing them to bank both controllers together around session view. In this way, the user can keep the devices locked to the same tracks.
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Novation Intros Launch Control XL – ‘Ultimate Controller’ For Ableton Live

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Novation today introduced Launch Control XL – a new MIDI controller that they call ‘the ultimate controller for Ableton Live’.

According to Novation, the Launch Control XL helps you focus more on your music and less on your laptop, by providing 16 buttons, 24 knobs and eight faders, all of which integrate seamlessly with Live.

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Launchpad App Now Audiobus Compatible

Novation has announced an update to their Launchpad App for iOS.

Launchpad lets you make, record and share music on the iPad by triggering and mixing sounds on a grid. The updated version, v.1.5 lets you output those songs directly into any Audiobus-compatible application.

This opens the door to doing things like:

  • Adding to your songs using GarageBand
  • Applying external effects during live performance
  • Outputting beats straight to Cubasis

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