Novation's mission to make working with software as hands-on as possible has just made another giant leap with the announcement of the Launch Control XL!
The Launch Control XL is fully integrated with Ableton Live, giving you hands-on control over your mixer, effects and EQ, with 24 LED-enhanced knobs, eight 60mm faders and 16 multi-colour buttons. The Launch Control XL lines up perfectly with Novation's hugely popular Launchpad S controller, giving you intuitive access to the Launch matrix and mixer parameters of each track in your project when used together... a powerful team indeed!
The Arturia SparkLE is a hybrid drum machine that makes creating beats extremely fun, hands-on and intuitive. By connecting it to your computer and booting up the included software, you gain access to a range of pro-quality sounds, all of which can be sequenced and manipulated with the hardware controller.
Between 1st May and 30th June 2014, you'll be able to grab Arturia's SparkLE hybrid drum machine with the brand new Spark 2 software (worth €169) for just £169 all-in!
We were recently lucky enough to be joined by superstar DJs/producers, Huxley, Tom Demac, Urulu and Zoo Look in our pro-music superstore in Bournemouth (CLICK HERE to find us). The occasion? Roland's new AIRA TB-3 and TR-8 units were all set up and ready to demo! Check out what they thought of them in the video below.
The Numark Orbit is a revolutionary performance controller. Using wireless MIDI, you can map it to control your choice of parameters in your favourite MIDI-compatible software. For example, you can use it to launch clips in Ableton, set loops in Traktor, control effects in Serato and much more! You can even use it to control live visuals.
However, that's not all, because the Orbit also responds to your movements, allowing you to control parameters simply by tilting the controller. This means that you can take creative control over your performances like never before.
While stocks last, you can grab a Numark Orbit for just £49... usually £99!
There are savings to be had on the Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk2 and S4 Mk2 throughout April or while stocks last. These professional DJ controllers feature two great-feeling jog wheels, effects controls, cue buttons, loop controls and much more. Both also ship with the full version of the industry-standard Traktor Pro 2 software.
The Traktor Kontrol S2 allows you to control two virtual decks within the software, whereas the S4's expanded mixer section means that you can get hands-on with 4 virtual decks, for even more creative performances. The S4 also features more dedicated controls, as well as built-in inputs for connecting additional hardware, such as turntables or CD decks.
Got a spare 17 minutes and into your synths? Grab a cuppa and check out this mini-documentary, which charts the rise of British synth and pro-audio company, Novation.
The documentary features dialogue from Novation co-founder Ian Jannoway, synth designer Chris Huggett, Sneaker Pimps and Lana Del Rey producer Liam How, Gus Unger-Hamilton of Alt-J (∆) and product manager Matt Derbyshire. Enjoy!
The Novation Launchpad S is an extremely popular studio and performance device, allowing you to get hands on with various aspects of software such as Ableton and FL Studio. Using a multi-coloured matrix design, the Launchpad allows you to launch clips, adjust track levels, pan positions, send levels and much more.
However, third party developers have also taken it upon themselves to create freely downloadable patches that can unlock a number of awesome hidden features of the Launchpad. One such patch is called Launchpad95 (CLICK HERE for more information or to download it). Check it out in the video below...
In the wake of the new Launchpad S Control Pack, the guys at Novation have released two more handy tutorial videos to add to their already extensive library of handy tips and tricks. The first video examines the performance side of things while the other concentrates on production.
We were recently joined by Chris from Novation, who gave us an in-depth demonstration of the Novation Launch Control. Check it out in the video below.
The Launch Control is a compact MIDI controller, which is designed to work with software such as Ableton and FL Studio. It features 16 assignable dials and 8 launchpads, allowing you to launch clips, toggle effects, control your mixer and get hands-on with your instruments and effects. Although the Launch Control can work as a standalone piece of kit (if connected to your computer), it is also the perfect partner for any Launchpad, allowing you to expand the hands-on experience for more intricate performances.