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I have been playing piano since I was about 5 using an old Yamaha keyboard that my grandparents gave me. When I started producing music, I didn't know how to write melodies very well. I knew music theory but in my opinion it can only help you a little bit when producing. People who know me will tell you that I have a passion for beautiful melodies but when I was making progressive house, I couldn't unleash those melodies. I tried to make them as beautiful as possible without overdoing it but it doesn't work like that. With my Novation, I can create those melodies flying around in my head more easily and more productively than ever before! Though I still use Ableton's piano roll to draw the notes out, the Novation is deffinantly my secret weapon for finding melodies. I have noticed that not very many people use it but in my opinion, be different! You don't have to by really expensive stuff cause in the end it's all about creativity and how wild your imagination can go!
Really great. But a bit complex to learn to use.
Everything so far works well. I won't know for a while how secure all of the equipment is. I hope that the USB port on the back isn't broken in 6 months. I take great care of my gear too, I have just seen the USB female port on other M-Audio midi keyboards break and those are significantly higher in price, too.
I also wish there was a manual (or even a youtube video) that told me 3 things.
- How to easily use the "launch pads" as midi controlled notes (I found out how, thanks to a youtube video)
- How to set up within 10 minutes on Ableton.
- What 5 potential set ups you could use the Launchkeys for in different daws.
I like the look, feel and weight. I did not enjoy troubleshooting for 45 minutes to get my DAW controls to work in Ableton which is a relatively simple DAW I have not had any issues with. I even upgraded to Ableton 11 JUST to have the novation preset in the midi setup tab.
Overall, I enjoy this product. 4 stars. Thank you SO MUCH novation for the plug ins!!
Made me want to continue to purchase from Novation, knowing that they really do want me making music.
Happy with V-Station and BassStation 2.