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How to use the Novation Launchkey MK3 series

How to use the Novation Launchkey MK3 series
How to use the Novation Launchkey MK3 series

How to use the Novation Launchkey MK3 series

On stage, at home, or in the studio. MIDI controllers play an integral part in the way that modern music is played and performed. We’ve compiled everything the Novation Launchkey MK3 series can do for you!

How to use the Novation Launchkey MK3 series

By Daniel Collins | Published 29.10.20

Incredibly versatile, MIDI controllers let you express yourself with virtual instruments, samples and even manipulation of your DAW. The hands-on approach they provide in the digital age is unparalleled. Controllers enable you to feel even more connected to the music that you make, and what better way to do this than with the elite Novation Launchkey MK3 series?

What the Novation Launchkey MK3 series has to offer

The perfect blend of power and performance, the MK3 range is the latest and greatest development in the Novation series. From 25-61 keys. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or student. The versatility and variety within the range ensures that there’s a model for everyone. 

Each MK3 controller comes complete with plug-and-play technology and USB power. This eliminates the need for installation drivers and power sources, allowing you to jump right in and begin making music -however you like, wherever you like.

Thanks to the velocity sensitive nature of the MK3 series’ keys and pads, you can rest assured knowing there’ll be a piece of you in every single performance. Their ability to pick-up on the subtlest of nuances ensures that these MIDI controllers make virtual instruments sound and feel just like the real thing.

Novation Launchkey 49 MK3

You can also push your sound to its limits by taking advantage of the on-board encoders. Featured on each controller in the range, they’re effortless to programme, so you’ll be able to infinitely adjust these parameters on the fly to suit your every need. Whether it’s overloading inputs, adjusting filters or increasing decay - the choice is yours.

Designed to excel in any DAW, you’re getting much more than a standard MIDI controller. Each model within the MK3 range comes complete with Ableton Live Lite, alongside a comprehensive plug-in bundle from brands recognised as being at the forefront of technical innovation. This, in conjunction with the wide range of performance features on offer, will not only streamline and refresh your workflow, but propel your creativity into new realms.

Stay creative on the move: Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 and 25 MK3

The Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 and 25 MK3 are perfect for performance and programming on-the-go.

Thanks to their compact size, you’ll be easily forgiven for forgetting they’re in your bag! When connected to your DAW of choice, both controllers allow you to bring the studio to the stage. The Mini MK3 features a single fixed chord mode, whilst the 25 MK3 offers three and a scale mode for even more harmonic variety! They’re the ideal choice for solo performers or bands who want to add an edge to their performance or simply flesh out an arrangement.

Although they are the smallest controllers in the MK3 series, don’t underestimate their value. Each model features 25 keys and 16 pads. This is excellent for enriching your productions and performances with big beautiful subs, hard-hitting rhythms and the catchiest of hooks.

Cost efficient and powerful, be ready for when creativity strikes.

Mini MK3

Novation Launchkey 25 MK3
  • Features 25 keys, 16 RGB pads, an arpeggiator, and a single fixed chord mode
  • Connect to synths, drum machines and more with MIDI out connection
  • Provides deep integration with Ableton and mapping templates for all other major DAWs
  • Two touch strips ensure pitch bend and modulation
  • New and improved keyboard for the finest playability

25 MK3

  • Features 25 keys, 16 RGB pads, and an arpeggiator with three fixed chord modes
  • Control your session without reaching for the mouse thanks to transport buttons
  • Take control of your virtual instruments via eight encoders
  • Program to play full chords at the press of a single button
  • 16x2 character screen lets you easily see the state of what you’re controlling or selecting

Shop now | Novation Launchkey Mini MK3

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Make masterpieces at home: Novation Launchkey 37 MK3 and 49 MK3

Spanning over three and four octaves, the 37 and 49 MK3 are ideal for songwriters and producers. If you live in cramped conditions but have a relentless creative spark, then this MIDI controller is perfect for you.

You will grow as a musician. Boasting three chord modes and arpeggiator, both MIDI controllers will break your creative habits, forcing you to think outside the box and use alternate harmonic progression. The ability to trigger full chords from one single note opens up a whole word of creative considerations that you may not have thought possible. This is the co-writer who won’t be seeking royalties!

Their on-board arpeggiator is perfect for pushing melodies, harmonies, and rhythms to soaring heights. With all these exciting creative tools in your arsenal there’s nothing stopping you from writing and producing your finest work yet.

37 MK3

  • Features 37 keys, 16 RGB pads, and an arpeggiator with three fixed chord modes
  • Never hit a wrong note – Scale modes transpose keys and pads to notes in the selected scale
  • Tweak instruments and effects to perfection using eight rotary encoders
  • One-touch access to Ableton Live’s Capture MIDI feature means you’ll never lose an idea
  • Free software, including Ableton Live 10 Lite, virtual instruments, plugins and sample packs let you start creating straight away

49 MK3

  • Features 49 keys, 16 RGB pads, and an arpeggiator with three fixed chord modes
  • Extensive tonal manipulation via eight rotary encoders and nine 45mm faders
  • Velocity sensitive nature of keys ensure the finest, dynamic performances
  • Take control of your DAW with powerful transport controls
  • Scale modes transpose keys and pads to notes in the selected scale

Shop now | Novation Launchkey 37 MK3

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Go live or hit the studio: Novation Launchkey 61 MK3

Expanding on the capabilities of the 37 and the 49, The 61 MK3 will be welcomed addition to any live rig or studio set-up. Thanks to its grand size and a seemingly infinite number of possibilities the five octave MIDI controller will be the crown jewel of your creative hub.

Novation Launchkey 61 MK3

The wide range of keys on offer makes the 61 MK3 ideal for musicians who understand the importance of “human” performance in the modern day. You’ll be able to play with both hands, using the left to play bass notes that support the right-hand chords.  You’ll be able to perform any complex piece with absolute conviction.

Both the 49 and 61 MK3 models provide even more tonal manipulation via the inclusion of an additional nine 45 mm faders. Take advantage of the four innovative custom modes to pre-determine instantly recallable set-ups that work for you. Both controllers’ inclusion of transport controls allows you to manipulate your DAW without even having to reach for the mouse. It doesn’t get much easier than this.

61 MK3

  • Features 61 keys, 16 RGB pads, and an arpeggiator with three fixed chord modes
  • Five-pin MIDI output works with any MIDI-compatible device
  • Four Custom Modes enable you to create unique control setups for any occasion
  • Use anywhere via USB bus power
  • Take control of your DAW thanks to transport control

Shop now | Novation Launchkey 61 MK3 

Find out more

Novation Launchkey MIDI Controllers

No matter where you are, or what the task is, Novation has you covered. Check out the full selection of 25, 37, 49 and 61-key variants as well as other products in the Novation range. Give your music the boost it deserves.

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Posted on 29 Oct 2020 13:05 to category : Instruments News

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