We recently came across this excellent video, which showcases the main features of the Novation Launchpad Mini, Launch Control and Launchkey Mini, whilst also demonstrating how they can be used together. The video comes courtesy of MojaxxVDJ and is well worth a watch if you're wanting to find out more about any of these products.
Amongst other things, Novation are famed for making high-quality MIDI controllers that integrate flawlessy into the modern studio or live set-up, thanks to their superb automatic mapping software. This probably explains why Novation keyboards are so popular, with plenty of professionals and home studio owners favouring their products over competitors'.
If you're in the market for a MIDI controller keyboard, then you're probably considering a Novation, but with SL MkII, Impulse and Launchkey ranges to choose from, what's the difference between them and which will best suit your requirements? As I've used all of them before, I've decided to compile this article in order to help answer these questions and hopefully help you in your quest to find your perfect controller.
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Novation's hugely popular FREE Launchpad iPad App has now been updated, with a number of bug fixes and a brand new Audio Import function! This is something that users have been asking for since the release of the Launchpad App and it now means that you aren't limited by the sounds that come with it. If you've got some of your own WAV or AIFF samples and loops then you can now import them into the App using Dropbox (free Dropbox account required), assign them to pads of your choice and then trigger them with the App. The Launchpad App also features time-stretching so that all your loops will stay in perfect time with each other.
Novation have just announced a brand new MIDI controller for anyone that likes to perform and produce on-the-move. Introducing the Launchkey Mini, a compact 25-note keyboard with mini velocity-sensitive keys; 16 velocity-sensitive, multi-coloured pads; 8 assignable knobs; 7 function buttons (e.g. octave up/down, bank up/down, etc.) and 2 performance buttons (e.g. for quickly triggering whole lanes of clips).
The Launchkey Mini is compatible with both Mac and PC computers and it even works with an iPad using the appropriate Apple adapter, so it's perfect for getting more hands-on with applications such as Novation's free Launchpad or Launchkey apps! Of course, if you're using it with a desktop or laptop computer then the Launchkey Mini will work with all major music software such as Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason and Logic, making use of Novation's automatic mapping InControl technology.