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.
Creativity At Your Fingertips!
Launchpad's 64-button grid and dedicated scene launch buttons are ideal for launching and controlling your clips and scenes. You can use it to play drum racks, create beats and trigger samples in real time. You can also control other functions using Ableton's 'Learn' mode, including Ableton's knobs and faders, which can be assigned to rows of buttons on Launchpad.
There really is such innovative control over your mix that you might just be amazed, including volume, pans, sends, track arming, soloing and muting. You can jump to different levels across eight channels at once.
Go Large and Connect 3 Launchpads Together!
Launchpad supports multiple unit operation. Connect up to 3 Launchpads at a time. Expand your grid with multiple Launchpads, or have one Launchpad dedicated to mixer mode, and the other to launching clips.
Expand your Ableton control solution
Novation's Automap-enabled controllers work seamlessly together - a ZeRO SL MkII to control the mix, whilst Launchpad triggers clips!
Launchpad can also be controlled through other DAWs and plug-ins using Novation's Automap control software. Automap can assign controls to software parameters on VST/AU/RTAS/TDM plug-ins by simply clicking on them, and touching a controller! You can go as far as to turn your Launchpad into a MIDI controller! Automap also provides a customizable heads-up transparent display across your computer screen, so you can see what you're triggering.
Automap PRO, an optional upgrade available to purchase online, lets you assign almost any computer keyboard shortcut, and combinations thereof, to Launchpads buttons.
A Useful Visual Feast
Max and Ableton are now integrated, so you can build your own instruments (or tweak other people's) within Live.
Launchpad can be used to control these instruments and gives you a huge amount of visual feedback. Multiple colours and brightnesses across different buttons display visual information about whether the note is on, the velocity, note length, pitch, and whatever else you want to see!
Programmers can utilise variable brightness and multi-colour LED states to their full advantage when designing new and innovative tools in Max MSP and Reaktor.
"The buttons also feel like they would easily withstand the kind of sustained bashing that we musicians love to dish out." - Computer Music Magazine
"We can't imagine that many Live users who take their show on the road will regret buying a launchpad." - MusicRadar.com
"A great, affordable controller for Ableton Live. It offers a minimal set of controls, optimised for working with Live's Session View. The Launchpad is the control surface to beat." - Synthtopia.com
Ableton Live Intro Software
Ableton's Live Intro is a Digital Audio Workstation built for the Live Environment with tons of audio content. Including Instruments, loops and effects in all music genres, built-in tutorials, with free and reliable tech support makes Ableton Live Intro ideal for computer music beginners with, or without experience, including instrumentalists and guitarists.
Producers and users of other DAW's looking for Live's unique features will not be disappointed. Ableton Live Intro offers Rewqire(Slave + master), VST/AU plugin support, instant mapping of MIDI hardware, MIDI Out, Session View and Real-Time audio.
DJ's switching from Vinyl or CD to computer-based performance and users of DJ software like Serato and Traktor will be able to augment their DJ setup: MIDI Sync to other software, creative effects, record your mix and edit it later.
Ultimately Live performers and artists taking their computer to the stage to play their music alone or with their band will get a Session view for non-linear real-time performance, improvisation and remix capabilities.
Novation Launchpad Features and Specifications
Physical controls and Indicators:
- 64 (8x8 grid) square multi-colour back-lit buttons
- 8 round multi-colour back-lit system buttons (assignable)
- 8 round multi-colour back-lit function buttons (not assignable)
- Dimensions: W 240 mm x H 20 mm x D 240 mm
- Weight: 717g
- Connectivity: L-shaped USB 1.1 connector.
Minimum Operational Requirements:
- OS: 10.4, or later recommended
- Computer: G4 or faster / Intel Mac
- Memory (RAM): 512 MB RAM / 1 GB recommended
- OS: Windows XP or Vista
- Computer: 1.5 GHz or faster
- Memory (RAM): 512 MB RAM / 1 GB recommended
Ableton Live Intro Features and Specifications
From Hip Hop to Rock, to Soul, to Techno and everything in between:
- 500 Instruments and Drum Kits
- 300 audio and MIDI racks and effects
- 7Gb of sampled instruments, drum loops, beats and breaks.
- Getting Started Guide
- Detailed PDF manual
- Integrated step-by-step tutorials
- Practical song templates