"I’ve tried many controllers with [Reason](http://equipboard.com/items/propellerhead-reason-8) but most of them didn’t work all the functions within the program, and that has brought me a lot of frustration. With the [Novation Launchkey 49](http://equipboard.com/items/novation-launchkey-49-keyboard-controller) I’m able to control every function in Reason with the controller. Diagnosis: no longer frustrated." From [Attack Magazine](http://www.attackmagazine.com/)more
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!
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.
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.
I needed a smaller masterkeyboard because I was moving to London and rent prices for small flats cost a fortune. This keyboard does this very well for me. I am not so much a controller guy, so the Native keyboard would be overkill, but I have mapped the faders and buttons to a few of my favourite soft synths, and it works just well, especially at that price point.
I can't believe how much a MIDI controller improves your work. This is such a high quality MIDI controller for such a low price, it was also on sale at guitar center so I couldn't pass it up.
been using this for almost my entire musical journey. although mine is specifically filled up with various stickers, the design, size, and optimization is perfect. you'll never need another mixer/keyboard again
Loads of useful features that works with most DAWS, not incredible but very handy and useful. light and very easy to travel with for live performances. Works best with ableton
I only use this keyboard cuz it’s got enough controllers integrated into one. The beat pad, I use mostly for hip hop, and midi record using the keyboard mostly on hip hop. For EDM, I might play back a song from other producers that I know such as Martin Garrix, Alan Walker, etc.
This controller is made to be used with Ableton, but you can easily use it to control every other DAW (I use it with Logic Pro X). The thing that I don't like about it is the key feeling: it's not smooth, you can really feel that is cheap plastic. It's not a pleasure to play that keyboard at all. But anyway, is a controller, you just use it for simple chords and controls. I only disencourage the people who want to buy it and use it as a master keyboard. You deserve better for your home studio... check out other brands ;)