Novation recently introduced a firmware update for the Launch Control and Launch Control XL that lets both devices be used as standalone controllers – without a computer – with MIDI hardware.
By using a USB host-to-MIDI converter, such as the Kenton MIDI USB Host, or iConnectMIDI 4+, the Launch Controls can be hooked directly to standard 5-pin DIN MIDI gear.
This is a huge development for hardware users who like the amount of controls that the Launch series offers, but don’t want or need a computer in their setup.
In the video above, CALC demos using the Launch Control XL and Kenton MIDI USB Host to control his the Elektron Octatrack.
In second demo video, below,Novation Brand Manager Nick de Friez demos using the Novation Launch Control with the Expert Sleepers FH-1 module as a modular control voltage step sequencer:
See the Novation site for more info.
9 thoughts on “Free Update Turns Novation Launch Control & Launch Control XL Into Standalone MIDI Controllers”
Don’t understand why novation haven’t made fully programmable standalone midi controllers in this style already. The BCR and BCF have been hugely popular over the years.
why can’t any of these companies make a midi controller which can be plugged straight into hardware?
trying to appeal to both software and hardware crowd at the same time
maximize profits, etc
The Arturia beatstep and beatstep pro have direct CV outs.
drawbars? dont mind if i do. tho some cheap controlers like alesis QX series still have midi output too.
Anyone know why the LaunchControl XL Step Sequencer template was taken down from the IsotonikStudios site?
Is this link working? Let me know if so. Would like to buy this piece of kit but only if I can use it as a step sequencer as well.
I can use this as a controller for my microkorg XL+(has USB midi) without an extra outside box?
I don’t see where to get the FW update
… aggh I see it – annoying you need a mac to update it