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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

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.