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NOVATION LAUNCHKEY 49 MK2 KEYBOARD CONTROLLER
Essential keyboard controller for producing electronic music in Ableton Live
Launchkey is our easy-to-use MIDI keyboard controller. It’s pretty much the quickest and easiest way to produce and perform electronic music, especially in Ableton Live – because we designed it specifically for the purpose. You just plug in via USB and the keys, faders, knobs and pads immediately spring into life, giving you hands-on control of your grid, instruments, effects and mixer.
Of course, if you don’t use Ableton, it’ll automatically map to other major music software too.
Play with Feeling
The heart of any MIDI keyboard controller is the keyboard itself. The Launchkey synth-style keyboard is lightweight, fast and very easy to play, but also velocity-sensitive so you can create truly expressive performances. You can choose between 25, 49 and 61-note versions, depending on whether you want portability or practicality.
Take Control of Ableton Live
The less time you spend messing with your mouse, the more time you have for making music. If you want immediate hands-on control of your session grid, instruments and effects, you should use a MIDI keyboard controller that integrates immediately and automatically with Ableton Live. Like this one! That’s what it’s designed for.
Find out more about why Launchkey is the perfect keyboard controller for Ableton Live: click here.
Ableton Live Controls
Although designed with Ableton Live in mind, Launchkey also works with any HUI-compatible DAW. The premium quality synth-action keyboard and RGB backlit pads make playing virtual synths, samplers and drum machines a dream, while the rock-solid sliders, knobs and buttons enable tactile mixer control, automatically configured via InControl. Find out more
Easily Make Beats and Trigger Loops
Sixteen RGB pads provide clip colour-matched feedback to enhance your workflow, letting you create and launch clips, trigger samples, control FX and loads more; all whilst playing your keys. They’re also velocity-sensitive, so you can really put some feeling into your beats.
Tweak and Mix Your Tracks
Launchkey is designed to let you shape your sound however you like. The eight rotary knobs are rock solid, designed to give you confidence when tweaking your instruments and effects. The 49 and 61-note versions give you hands-on control of your mixer too, with nine dedicated faders. However many controls you opt for, they will all integrate seamlessly and immediately with Ableton Live, and can be reassigned to anything.
Control All Major Music Software
Your choice of music software is crucial to your creativity. Although we designed Launchkey for Ableton Live, its pads, buttons, faders and knobs take control of all other major music software too using InControl.
Launchkey is fully USB bus-powered and class compliant, so it works straight away without power supplies or drivers on Mac or PC. It also comes with everything you need to start making electronic music. You can find out how by clicking here.
Now expanded from 1GB to a whopping 4GB, the Loopmasters sample library included with every Novation Launch, SL and Impulse keyboard is packed with professional quality, royalty-free loops and one-shots, plus three fully multisampled Simpler-based instruments for Ableton Live 9: Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano and Organ.
Encompassing all contemporary genres – from blues, funk and hip-hop to bass, techno and all flavours of house – and taking in a huge range of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, it’s everything you need to start making music today!
- 25, 49 or 61 synth-style, velocity-sensitive keys for easily creating performances with feeling.
- 16 RGB velocity-sensitive pads for both colour-matched feedback when launching clips and creating expressive drum beats.
- Nine faders (49 and 61-note versions) and eight knobs for easy control over mixer, instruments and effects.
- Get automatic hands-on control of other music software using InControl.
- USB bus-powered and totally class-compliant, so it works straight away without any drivers on Mac or PC.
- Includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station and V-Station virtual instruments and 4 GB of Loopmasters samples.
25, 49 or 61 note velocity sensitive synth style keyboard
16 full-colour RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
9 sliders (49 & 61 note) 1 slider (25 note)
6 dedicated transport controls
7 segment 3 character LED display
Pitch bend and modulation wheels
2 octave / transpose buttons
2 Track / MIDI Channel buttons
8 mute / solo buttons plus toggle button (49 & 61 note)
3 InControl buttons (49 & 61 note) 2 InControl buttons (25 note)
2 full-colour RGB backlit round buttons
Fully USB bus powered on Mac or PC.
Camera connection kit or USB camera adapter required for use with iOS devices (not included). Power supply must also be used (not included).
Maximum power consumption 9V DC 250mA
Power supply not included
Sustain pedal 1/4” jack socket
Extra Kensington security slot
Ableton Live Lite 9 is included
If you already have Ableton Live it must be version 9 or greater to work with Launchkey. We recommend that you update to the latest version as previous versions of Ableton Live do not include the Launchkey integration for InControl. Launchkey will also work as a standard MIDI controller.
Launchkey 25: 450mm length x 270mm depth x 90mm height
Launchkey 49: 775mm length x 270mm depth x 90mm height
Launchkey 61: 940mm length x 270mm depth x 90mm height