Novation Launchpad is a 64 button ‘music controller’ that enables you to make music or mix tracks by other artists. You don’t need advanced musical knowledge, just your own creativity…
The launchpad is used by a wide range of artist over various styles of music. Check out this story on how gotye uses it in his live sets.
You can use the buttons to trigger sounds and loops, change the volume of each sound, and add effects to them!
Watch this video for an introduction to making music with Launchpad:
The Ableton Live Controller
Jointly designed by Ableton and Novation, Launchpad places Ableton Live at your fingertips. Whether you’re a DJ, performing musician or studio producer, Launchpad gives you all you need to truly ‘play’ Live.
Launchpad is ultra-portable. It is USB bus powered (no need for power sockets), and weighs in at just 717gms (one third the weight of a macbook!).
With a multi-colour 64-button grid and dedicated scene launch buttons, Launchpad is purpose built for triggering and manipulating clips in Live, it also offers a totally new way of controlling Ableton Live’s mixer. Launchpad’s buttons can be used to sketch out beats with drum racks, and they can be assigned to other functions in Live using Ableton’s ‘Learn’ mode.
Launchpad ships with a dedicated ‘Launchpad edition’ of Ableton Live 8, but can control almost any other music software using Novation’s award-winning ‘Automap’ control software
Horror Disco Launchpad Review
I’ve been lucky enough to have been using the launchpad myself for some time. I must admit if you learn to use it well you will really enjoy this controller. For me it works well in the studio as a drum machine and for smashing out ideas really quickly. It crosses over to live sets so simply I’ve only had the chance to use it to trigger accapellas & samples currently due to the nature of my dj sets but I’ve tested it at home remixing a track on the fly which worked seamlessly.
With this controller I think a lot of how well it’s used is in your set up. If you get your set up right in live, ie: cutting samples correctly, a tidy layout and track warping, you are going to love this once you get it in front of people.
Such a powerful controller and it’s so cheap too. I’ve done some scouting and found some decent prices below.
Feel free to ask any questions about the controller below. Enjoy.