Novation Launchpad Ableton Live Controller

Novation Launchpad Ableton Live Controller

  • Seamless integration of Launchpad and Ableton Live
  • Backlit multi-color 64-button grid provides instant session overview
  • Ideal for launching clips and scenes
  • No additional power supply needed – single lead USB-powered from your computer
  • Supports multi-unit operation – connect up to 6 Launchpads at a time

The new Novation Launchpad has been jointly designed by Novation and Ableton, integrating instantly and seamlessly to provide a powerful and musical way to physically and visually interact with Ableton Live. Whether you’re a DJ, performing musician or studio producer, Launchpad gives you all you need to truly ‘play’ Live. Just load up Live, plug in the Launchpad, and you’re ready to roll. With a multi-color 64-button grid and dedicated scene launch buttons, Launchpad is purpose built for tr


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Novation Launchpad Ableton Live Controller

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  1. 36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Mostly A Great Clip Launcher, March 10, 2010
    By 
    Eponym (Seattle) –

    This review is from: Novation Launchpad Ableton Live Controller (Electronics)

    I have owned one of these for four months and have gotten a good grasp of its relative strengths and weaknesses. The Launchpad is a natural extension for Live’s Session View. There is just enough visual information implanted on the interface for you to identify clips easily. The User1 User2 modes are great for a few MIDI triggers but lack any serious expression as the pads themselves aren’t velocity sensitive. The mixer mode might be useful for some but I never touch it due to the limited resolution of expression and the immediacy required for their proper function (if minimalism is your goal in this department, seek the Korg nanoKONTROL USB Controller, Black). The saving grace, outside of its Session mode, is the user created software. The Launchpad has been transformed into a monome like device, a visual harmonic table, a step sequencer and a few other creative apps that are hard to describe in a concise fashion.

    Physically the device seems sturdy ‘enough’ it has fallen a few feet onto a rug a couple times but I wouldn’t call it ‘road worthy’ since it’s still made of plastic. The pads have a nice soft rubber texture though kinetically clunky when being pressed dead center. There is a decent amount of give on the pads before it triggers but in practice it isn’t a big deal especially without velocity sensitivity. The LED lights aren’t entirely uniform in brightness and color. You might receive a unit with a few slightly brighter pads or ones that display more red but it’s only noticeable when all pads are lit up of the same color.

    I don’t know of any other open grid interface device that comes close to its price. When all said and done, I would buy one again if I had to. There isn’t anything on the market right now at this price for the utility you gain from having it. The Akai APC40 Abelton Performance Controller might be an alternative solution if you don’t have any other control devices for Live and don’t need its alternative functions or its minimalism.

    01/02/13 Update: The Launchpad is still working flawlessly over the years, so I now can confirm its reliability.

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  2. 19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Completely changes the experience of working in Live., October 8, 2010
    By 
    Gringo “Gringo” (Sao Paulo. Brazil) –

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    This review is from: Novation Launchpad Ableton Live Controller (Electronics)

    I make music for fun. I don’t even think I’m very good at it, but I can spend hours and hours making loops, adding layers and sampling stuff on Ableton Live.

    This product allowed me spend a lot less time using the mouse, specially once I get most of my samples down and want to start stitching things together. I love the lights, feel of the buttons and actually focusing on the music, and the flow of things instead of running with the mouse to activate clips.

    I have also tried using it as a step sequencer and it’s a lot of fun. At the price it’s at right now, it’s a great option for people like me.

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