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Novation Launchpad Arcade is Ready To Take Off

I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen videos of somebody going absolutely savage on a grid based controller – finger drumming, launching clips, crazy light shows and all sorts of other audiovisual trickery. I also imagine a lot of people watch on in awe wishing they had just a sliver of the technical prowess required to pull off such feats.

Well, good news everyone (insert Prof. Farnsworth meme here). Novation have devised an interactive website designed to help you hone your skills to become a Launchpad legend and think of ways to implement the Launchpad into your musical and visual creations. Now it’s not just a website where you have to use your mouse or keyboard (although keyboard control is supported), it’s designed to connect to a real Launchpad unit which takes the interaction to a whole new level!

The content will be released in a sequence of steps, the 1st is Launchpad Arcade which gives you access to a load of one-shots and samples from Harry Coade – Found Sound. The next steps will cover everything from rhythm practice, choosing a Launchpad, creating lightshows, building an online presence and getting to know your Launchpad inside out.

Head over to the new site at https://uk.novationmusic.com/launch-6-steps and check out Step 1.

The Novation Mininova goes on special, just in time for Christmas.

Novation Mininova Price Drop

 

In an attempt to get ahead of all the December sales and in perfect time to make it onto your X-mas wish list (it may even fit in a stocking!) Novation drops the price of their small but perfectly formed Mininova synth.

This 37 note controller keyboard with up to 18 voices capable of stacking 5 effects per sound, a built in vocoder and the ability to edit the synth patches from inside of your DAW for ease of use, this special price should put it firmly on the want list this Christmas.

Check out the Mininova in action

Check out the Novation Mininova @ Scan

 

Novation Announce The Launchkey Mini

Novation Launchkey Mini
Novation Launchkey Mini

Fresh from the Novation stable comes their newest addition in the diminutive yet fully featured Launchkey Mini.

The Launchkey Mini is a compact mini-key controller / instrument for iPad, Mac and PC featuring 16 velocity sensitive, three colour illuminated launch pads – use them to launch loops, sounds, effects, transport controls, and more.

Launchkey Mini also features a 25-note mini-keyboard, eight assignable rotary controls, seven function buttons, and a further two performance buttons. Compact and portable, Launchkey Mini is great for producing and performing at home or on stage. Launch your music – anywhere.

Launchkey Mini works immediately with the free-to-download Novation Launchpad and Launchkey iPad apps, and gives you hands-on control of major Mac and Windows based music software including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason, and Logic. Ableton Live Lite is included in the package, along with an extensive Loopmasters sample library, V-Station and Bass Station Soft Synths.

A keyboard and launch pad controller for iPad, Mac and PC

The latest in the growing family of Novation “Launch” products, Launchkey Mini is an instantly accessible mini keyboard and launch pad controller for a wide range of software apps on iPad, Mac and PC. It’s a keyboard / DAW controller with 26 assignable controls, offering fuss-free hands-on control of major music software via Novation’s intuitive “InControl” technology. The 16 launch pads are velocity-sensitive – use them to play drum sounds and samples expressively, as well as launch clips and scenes in Ableton Live.

Powerful iPad Apps transform Launchkey Mini into an instrument

Launchkey Mini integrates seamlessly with powerful music software apps for iPad, which transform it into a production and performance instrument. Use the free-to-download LaunchKey App with Launchkey Mini on your iPad to trigger the included professional sample library and control effects, letting you produce and perform music straight away. Launchpad app upgrades will allow you to import your own samples and share your creation with a growing fan base.

The free-to-download LaunchKey App for iPad is a synth filled with Novation technology, allowing you to control notes with the Launchkey Mini’s keyboard while warping the sound with the knobs or via intuitive multi-touch control on the iPad’s screen. The Launchkey and Launchpad apps sync together perfectly for simultaneous use – set an arpeggiator on the Launchkey app and switch to the Launchpad app to build the beats behind it, for example. Both apps are fully Audiobus compatible.

Launchkey Mini connects directly to your iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit (not included) and it’s powered by the iPad – so there’s no need for batteries or an additional power supply.

Ableton Live Lite, Bass Station, V-Station and Sample Pack for Mac and PC

As well as Ableton Live Lite, Launchkey Mini comes with the V-Station polyphonic soft-synth and the Bass Station software plug-in. You can use these as plug-ins within Ableton, FL Studio or other DAWs. There’s also a sample pack supplied by world leading sample producers – Loopmasters. Get started straight away on your Mac or PC with over one gigabyte of loops including drums, FX and artist content.

Launchkey Mini Key Features

  • 25-note mini-keyboard controller / instrument for iPad, Mac and PC. Fast action synth-style mini keys ideal for modern playing techniques
  • 16 velocity sensitive, three colour launch pads. Launch loops, samples, effects and more and get direct visual feedback.
  • Hands-on control of major Mac and Windows based music software including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason, and Logic via Novation’s intuitive “InControl” technology
  • Launch your music anywhere. Launchkey Mini is fully powered by iPad or USB – no need for power sockets or batteries – and it’s ultra-lightweight and easy to carry
  • Knobs and buttons for total control. Eight knobs, seven function buttons, and two performance buttons to enhance and control your software in real time
  • Free software for iPad, PC, and Mac. Launchkey Mini is a fully-integrated instrument out-of-the-box working seamlessly with the Novation Launchpad and Launchkey apps for iPad. Also Includes Ableton Live Lite, V-Station, Bass Station Soft Synth and Loopmasters sample pack for Mac and PC.
  • Launchkey Mini is a USB class compliant device. It is compatible with any operating system that supports USB MIDI device class 1.0. Launchkey Mini is ‘plug and play’ compatible with most modern computers and the iPad

Officially supported operating systems:

  • MAC – OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7 Lion
  • WINDOWS – Windows 8 and Windows 7 (64 & 32 bit)
  • iPAD – iPad2 or later is recommended. iOS 5 or above is required

Additional Specs

  • Net weight: 675g
  • Dimensions: W: 325mm, L: 175mm, D: 43mm
  • Connectivity: Class compliant USB: works with USB and iPad (using Camera Connection Kit, not supplied)
  • Power: Fully bus powered by USB, including iPad.

The Novation LaunchKey Mini @ Scan

Hey You! It’s Novation Bass Station 2 !!!!

The original Novation Bass Station, was launched in ’93, and its digitally synchronized analogue oscillators became the staple of many ‘90’s dance and electronic hits.

Based on very intuitive layouts like the Wasp or the ARP Odyssey, it became the goto  generator of synth lines that could reproduce analog bass sounds similar to a TB303 , MicroMoog or  Pro One synthesizer.

Well, anyone who remembers those days with fondness, are in for a treat from today………

Yes, Novation have just announced…………….

 

BASSTATION 2!!!!!!!!!!!!

A powerful analogue synth that’s made for bass but equally well adapted to leads. Based on the classic Novation BassStation, Bass Station II has been completely re-worked for the 21st century, with two filters, three oscillators, patch save and a fully-analogue effects section. Plus there’s a step sequencer, arpeggiator, a two octave (25-note) velocity-sensitive keyboard with full-sized keys and a powerful modulation section. There’s even MIDI I/O and USB connectivity.

 

bs2

Key Features

Analogue synth: brand new version of the classic BassStation. Bass Station II has a pure analogue audio signal path, reviving the spirit of the original BassStation with an all-new design optimised for bass

Two distinct analogue filters: In addition to the original ‘Classic’ BassStation filter, there’s a brand new ‘Acid’ diode ladder filter for squelchy 303-esque bass sounds

Load and save patches: 64 factory patches on-board with room for 64 more of your own. Save more to your computer via USB

Pattern-based Step Sequencer and Arpeggiator: Bass Station II has an arpeggiator with a programmable step sequencer that enables you to store and call up patterns as well as quickly sketch out ideas

Instant hands-on control: Instant hands-on control of the sound engine via a traditional analogue synth control panel

Two Oscillators plus an additional Sub Oscillator: Bass Station II has two sync-able, tune-able oscillators with four selectable waveforms, plus a third sub-oscillator for generating enormous bass sounds

Analogue effects section: Bass Station II includes fully analogue distortion and filter-modulation effects and a separate filter overdrive to add aggression and crunch

Powerful modulation section featuring two Envelopes and two LFOs: Two ADSR envelopes for amp, filter, pitch and pulse width modulation alongside two LFOs with waveforms including triangle, sawtooth, square and sample & hold

 

Bass Station II

Twenty years ago, Novation released the groundbreaking BassStation: a compact, analogue synth designed for fat bass sounds and bubbly leads. The original BassStation became a classic; now Novation present the new Bass Station II: an analogue monophonic synth but with a total re-design that brings it firmly into the 21st century, bigger and bolder than ever. It’s more than a bass synth; it’s versatile enough to kick out sharp leads and crisp arpeggios.

 

Bass Station II’s signal path is all analogue, including the effects section. It is based on three analogue oscillators (two independent oscillators plus a sub for rich bass sounds) and a noise generator; two discrete filters, Classic and Acid, with built-in overdrive; Distortion and Osc Filter Mod effects; two ADSR envelopes, two LFOs, and an Arpeggiator and programmable Step Sequencer. And that’s just scratching the surface of the synth engine. Bass Station II’s traditional control layout breaks everything into modules with dedicated pots, switches and sliders. Unlike a traditional analogue synth, there’s plenty of storage for your own sounds – there are 64 factory presets plus 64 more slots for your own sounds in the hardware – and you can store more on your computer.

 

About Bass Station II’s Design

The original BassStation was released in 1993, but its heritage goes back a lot further: to the 1970s, thought of by many as the golden era of synthesis. Synth designer Chris Huggett has remained a constant design force for Novation over the years. Huggett has decades of experience in hardware synth design, having pioneered the development of digitally controlled analogue synths including the OSCar. He also designed such classics as the Wasp, released by Electronic Dream Plant in 1978 – and there is a direct line of descent from the Wasp filter to the awesome ‘Classic’ filter in Bass Station

www.youtube.com/embed/utKZJdaNLyE

 

Bass Station II  LN50432

 

 

 

 

Novation Launchpad S – Brighter, Faster, Universal

Novation Launchpad S: It’s Bigger, It’s Brighter, and it’s getting us excited!!!!!

Hear Ye! All you Fleet-fingered Ableton Live users, a new King cometh etc.

Yep, it’s here…….

Novation Launchpad S

The no.1 Live controller: now brighter, faster and universal

Launchpad S is an update to the best-selling grid controller for Ableton Live: the Novation Launchpad. The 64 tri-colour pads can launch loops and clips, trigger drums and samples, and also control effects, volumes, mutes, solos and more. Launchpad S can do all this but has vastly brighter LEDs, a significantly faster refresh rate and is now plug and play with other software such as FL Studio. It also now works with iPad!

lp2For those of you not familiar with the original Launchpad, it was about the most comprehensive way of manipulating Ableton Live’s particular way of working.

It was especially designed for launching loops/clips and triggering effects as well as getting full mixer control including volume, effects sends, pan, mute, solo and track arm. The grid can also trigger drums and one-shot samples. A second user mode allows users to freely assign pads to control other software parameters.

 

So what’s new!!!!

KEY FEATURES

64-button music software controller Launch loops/clips, trigger drums and samples, and control effects and volumes.

Brighter, faster and works with more software Launchpad S is an update to the best selling original Launchpad.

Comes with Ableton Live Launchpad Edition Feature-packed version of Ableton Live lets you create music straight out of the box.

Plug and play with FL Studio and other software Now including custom software control overlays in the box.

Now supports iPad Launchpad S connects to iPad® with the Apple Camera Connection Kit — no drivers required!

New #1 iPad music app Trigger loops and remix on the fly with just a Launchpad S and your iPad

Create and perform anywhere Launchpad S is bus powered, even from an iPad, so you don’t need to connect it to mains power!

Launchpad S comes with the Launchpad Edition of Ableton Live, so you can start making music straight away. It also comes with custom overlays for using other grid-based music software such as FL Studio.

 

PLUS:

Novation has developed a Launchpad iPad app that enables loop triggering and effects from your iPad, independent of Ableton Live. Launchpad S can be connected to, and powered by, an iPad using a standard Camera Connection Kit. The app features a 1GB sample pack of brand new hand-picked loops curated by Loopmasters, ranging from drum samples to artist packs across a variety of modern genres……

This superb little box of tricks will retail at £149.99 and should be available from the middle of April………

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/novation-launchpad-s-controller

http://uk.novationmusic.com/midi-controllers-digital-dj/launchpad

 

Win Focusrite, Novation & KRK Gear In The 50 Days Of Spring Give Away.

Focusrite Spring Giveaway.

Everytime the Focusrite team come up with a new giveaway, they seem to get bigger and better with this time certainly being no exception. If you purchase a piece of kit from Focusrite or partner companies Novation & KRK over the coming weeks, it will then qualify you for entry into the huge spring giveaway where the is £10,000 worth of studio gear to be won!

If you purchase any product from these three brands and then visit http://uk.focusrite.com/spring to complete the form and answer the question, you’ll then be entered into all the draws from then until 10th May 2013. The are 50 days of draws starting from the 22nd of March, so the sooner you enter the higher the chance of winning one of these great prize vouchers which can then be used towards the purchase of any further Focusrite, Novation or KRK that would surely look and sound great in any studio!

To find out more on the competition check out the link here.

Click on the respective brand name below to see the qualifying kit we carry here at Scan.

Focusrite Gear @ Scan

Novation Gear @ Scan

KRK Gear @ Scan

To see the prize winners as they are announced click here.

Full T&C’s for the comperition can be found here.

Novation Launchkey Announcement

Novation have announced their new range of controller keyboards today called the Launchkey 25, 49 & 61 editions. Normally we wouldn’t have all that much to say about another entry into the already crowded midi keyboard controller market but this time around we appear to have some interesting added functionality that should raise these controllers above the rest of the products out there.

Novation Launchkey Features

So what is it that has our interest here? Well apart from the rather impressive amount of hands on controls for the price point which total 34 knobs, sliders and pads on the 25 key edition and over 50 on the larger models! Plenty of hands on tweakability going on here which is something we approve of greatly!

But that ain’t all. Along with the keyboard for anyone owning an iPad comes a pair of interesting apps called Launchkey and Launchpad. The first of these Launchkey is a synth app capable of running on the iPad 2 or later and uses one of the extremely well regarded Novation synth engines to enable this modest midi controller to make some huge noise. Along with that is Launchpad which appears to let you configure the built in controller pads into a launchpad style set up using the pad to trigger loops & samples as well as apply effects and general mash things up… very, very impressive for what is essentially a budget controller range and should be great for getting your creative juices running.

Launchkey 49

Launchkey at a glance

  • Fully integrated instrument controller for Mac, PC & iPad
  • InControl technology instantly maps the hardware to all major music software
  • 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour launch pads – launch clips and scenes in Ableton Live
  • Synth-action keyboard with over 50 hardware controls (34 on 25 key version)

Included Software with Launchkey 25, 49 and 61

  • Novation Launchkey app (for iPad)
  • Novation Launchpad app (for iPad)
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Novation V-Station soft-synth
  • Novation Bass Station soft-synth
  • Loopmasters sample pack

 

We’re informed that the Launchkey 49 should be available in March with the Launchkey 25 & 61 editions folllowing on in April.

Launchkey 25 @ Scan : £99

Launchkey 49 @ Scan : £139

Launchkey 61 @ Scan : £159

The Launchkey homepage @ Novation.

Novation MiniNova – New 37 Mini-key Synthesizer

The Novation MiniNova is a brand new compact, 37 Mini-Key synthesizer, built using the same engine as it’s flagship “Ultranova” model.

Since the introduction of the Supernova synth, the first of the Nova range in 1998, Novation has always innovated with each model.
The MiniNova has many brand new features inclusing “Animate” controls and “VocalTune” voice effect.

The 8 back-lit “Animate” buttons trigger synth engine “mods” to twist and warp the sounds as you play. Novation have also included a large filter cutoff knob and an arpeggiator, where you can use the 8 buttons to create brand new realtime sequences.

VocalTune does exactly what you are expecting it to, replicating the psudo vocoder Auto-TunMininova blacke vocals that have (somewhat annoyingly, at least to a professional producer!) dominated urban music for the past decade. It does amaze me that it’s taken this long for someone to add this to a hardware synth, respect to Novation for giving the people what they want! The mic input is mounted on the top of the synth, so you are free to use your own choice of microphone.
There is also an instrument input, so you can also put your guitar through the effects engine.

The synth engine has an impressively powerful synth, with 14 standard waveforms, such as Sine, Square, Pulse & Triangle, 20 Digital waveforms and 36 Wavetables.
There are 3 oscillators per voice which can either be individually tuned or synced and a “Hardness” setting which can act as an extra low pass filter.
Talking of filters, there are 14 different types, out of which 2 can be run at the same time. There are also 3 LFO’s, 6 Envelope Generators and 20 modulation slots where you can link modules inside the synth engine to create your custom shaped sound. Up to 5 effects can be put on each voice including reverb, delays, choruses and their own Gator effect.

The bundled editing software actually runs as a plugin inside your DAW program, but as with any decent analogue synth, every parameter is actually editable from the synth itself.

The Scan team are due to visit the Novation factory next week and will report on thier return once they’ve got thier eager, (not quite so) little hands on this little monster!

MiniNova features include:

  • Hugely powerful mini-synth with UltraNova’s sound engine
  • Classic vocoder and brand new VocalTune effects
  • Realtime ability to warp and tweak your sounds
  • 256 awesome onboard sounds – instantly searchable
  • Up to 18 available voices
  • Up to five layers of effects per voice
  • Includes patch librarian and editing software for Windows PC and Mac
  • Run guitars and other instruments though the vocoder and effects
  • 37 key keyboard with hardware MIDI I/O

MiniNova will be released in October, priced at £299.99

Pre-order from Scan :   http://www.scan.co.uk/products/novation-mininova-synthesizer

Focusrite & Novation Launch their "17 Days Of Prizes" Summer Contest

Whilst the great British weather remains ever changable, our friends over at Focusrite & Novation have a further way to possibly brighten up your Summer. They have 51 prizes to be won over the next 17 days by anyone who purchases and registers a new Focuserite or Novation device during this period.

“So whats the deal” we hear you say:

The Prizes:

Gold: £200 Voucher towards any Focusrite or Novation product

Silver: £100 Voucher towards any Focusrite or Novation product

Bronze: £50 Voucher towards any Focusrite or Novation product

Here’s how it works:

• Anyone who purchases a Focusrite or Novation product between 27 July and 12 August, 2012 is eligible to enter.

• To enter the competition, you must register their product as soon as it arrives at www.novationmusic.com/17days

• One set of vouchers (1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze) will be awarded for each day of the competition.

• Winners will be notified within 5 days of their competition entry and all winners will be contacted directly by Focusrite with details about how to claim their prize.

 

For more info on entering you can check out our infomation page.

For a list of all qualifying Focusrite products at Scan.

For a list of all qualifying Novation products at Scan.