Novation today introduced an updated line of four Launchkey keyboard MIDI controllers, available in 25-, 37-, 49- and 61-key models.
The Launchkey mk3 controllers combine a velocity-sensitive keyboard and extensive control features with deep integration with Ableton Live, along with support for Logic, Reason, Studio One, Cubase, Pro Tools and other DAWs.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
Working closely with Ableton, Novation have ensured that Launchkey [MK3] provides deeper and more immediate access to Ableton Live’s controls than any other controller in its class.
There’s a dedicated button for activating Ableton Live’s Capture MIDI function, plus track arm, quantise, click and loop controls, for flying around Sessions faster than ever. Drum Mode provides immediate access to Drum Racks. Inspirational features include Scale and Chord modes and an arpeggiator, which together expand users’ musical capabilities. Scale Mode transposes keys played to notes in the scale selected. Three chord modes trigger chords played with one finger, while the powerful arpeggiator — with rhythm settings and Arp Mutate — gets creative melodies moving, fast.
Launchkey [MK3] controllers are available in 25-, 37-, 49- and 61-key variants, making it easier than ever for creators to pick the size that suits. For the first time in the Launchkey range, there’s a 37-key model, which answers the requests of music makers who want a compact controller large enough for two-handed keys work. Its pitch and mod wheels are relocated to the top panel so the three-octave keyboard can fit into a small form factor, so it’s ideal for users with space limitations. The 25-key model is perfect for mobile producers and performers, and for those in tighter setups. 49- and 61-key versions are well suited for larger systems, and for those who want more keys and greater hands-on control with faders and fader buttons.
All Launchkey [MK3] controllers feature a full-size five-pin MIDI output, which works with any MIDI-compatible device. Novation Components can be used to configure MIDI parameter assignments of Launchkey’s knobs, faders and pads, to take control of anything MIDI. Launchkey [MK3] works standalone, so it’s the perfect controller for any music-making scenario, with or without a computer. The Scale and Chord Modes, arpeggiator, and Custom Modes — set up in Novation Components and stored on Launchkey — can all be used to control a whole studio or live rig.
- 25/37/49/61 velocity sensitive keys
- 16×2 char screen
- 16 RGB backlit velocity sensitive pads
- Pitch bend and modulation wheels
- 8 knobs
- 9 sliders (49/61 key models)
- 5 pin MIDI out socket
- Arm/select buttons (49/61 key models)
- Arp/scale/fixed chord buttons
- Octave up/down buttons
- Play/stop/record/loop buttons
- Track navigation buttons
- Capture MIDI/quantise/click/undo buttons
- Stop/solo/mute button
- Scene launch button
- Device select/device lock buttons
- USB B socket
- Sustain pedal 1/4” jack socket
- Kensington security slot
For a deeper look at the Launchkey mk3 line, check out this playlist of Novation’s official demo videos:
Pricing and Availability
The Launchkey mk3 line is available now, with pricing ranging from $159.99 for the 25-key model to $259.99 USD for the 61-key model.