Novation has just released its new Launchpad a compact controller which is designed to give electronic music makers the most interactive experience possible while using Ableton Live. The 8×8 grid of backlit buttons control a multitude of functions with the help of mode selectors that allow the user to navigate teh Ableton interface from launching clips to tweaking mixer settings.
• Launch Clips and Scenes
Launchpad’s raison d’être: launch, pause and flip between clips at the touch of a button. Each clip has its own button, with a multi-colour, variable-brightness LED to display its status: an amber button tells the user that a clip is loaded, green means it’s playing, and red means it’s recording.
• Dedicated Ableton Live Modes
Dedicated buttons provide shortcuts to the different areas of Ableton’s control window, including the Session View, the Mixer and the Instrument racks.
• Session Overview
A feature that allows the user to jump around eight-channel sections of the Live session, allowing for easy navigation of larger configurations.
• Max for Live control
Launchpad is the ideal controller for Max for Live, the extension of Ableton’s software that “puts the power of Cycling 74’s Max/MSP inside Live”.
• Launchpads work seamlessly in a team!
Up to six Launchpads can work together on the same system. What’s more, a Launchpad will happily provide additional functionality alongside any other MIDI controller, such as one from Novation’s SL MkII series. Use a Zero SL MkII to control the mix, with a Launchpad to trigger clips.
•Works with any DAW software
Although it’s designed for the ultimate control of Ableton Live, Launchpad can be used to control any music application, as a standard MIDI controller.
Musicrader have put the Novation launchpd thorugh its paces. Watch the video here
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