Launchpad S is a powerful 64-button music controller that lets you make music or mix tracks using a super-intuitive grid of multi-colored buttons. Launchpad S comes with Ableton Live music software (Launchpad Edition), used by some of the world's ...
From an interview with savant: "’I’ve got some synthesizers over the years, but my love is mostly for MIDI controllers. I got a Mini Moog Voyager (old school), a Roland AX Keytar, a Korg Keytar, two Akai MPK controllers, a Novation Launchpad, a Korg Triton Extreme and a Korg Trinity. And lots of other weird kids stuff and Casio stuff, etc "more
A photo from his facebook page, with a comment explaining his use of 2 Novation Launchpads together with Ableton Live and an MFB-522. "I have 128+ midi channels in ableton that i use to sequence it. the 2 launch pads are used to make a 1 bar sequence of the 8 different sounds. i love the sounds it makes.... you can, as i do, run it through ableton if you wish you process it..."more
Launchpad S is a powerful 64-button music controller that lets you make music or mix tracks using a super-intuitive grid of multi-colored buttons. Launchpad S comes with Ableton Live music software (Launchpad Edition), used by some of the world's top DJs and producers--plus it supports other grid-based music applications such as FL Studio. Whether you're a DJ, performing musician or studio producer, Launchpad gives you all you need to "play" your software straight out of the box. Use the 64-button grid to launch and manipulate clips, trigger loops, fire off effects, control your mixer--and much more. Launchpad S also triggers loops and effects in the new Novation Launchpad app for iPad; a totally self-standing music performance app that hosts sounds and effects. Launchpad is totally portable. Hooked up to your computer or iPad via USB, it's fully bus powered (no need for power sockets), and it's lightweight and easy to carry anywhere.
The launchpad is a nice little feature in my studio, incredibly useful for producing with Ableton as it allows me to control many different aspects of the software from the pads themselves. I love the mixer section as it allows me to control every section of the mixer on the fly, which is also very handy when using it live. The user 1 page is automatically mapped to control the keys of your samplers and VSTs, so you can play it like an MPC or as a keyboard controller with your favourite Synths. Once again, incredibly handy in both live and studio situations. The launchpad can be slightly overlooked from time to time but is actually a fantastic little piece of kit, especially if you are travelling or on tour and want to keep your setup fully fledged in functionality, but streamlined in terms of baggage restrictions, overhead compartments or what have you. I definitely recommend this little gem, super affordable and super versatile, whilst also maintaining perfect portability. What more could you want for less than £100?
Since I began playing live and DJ Sets, the Novation Launchpad has been one of the best companion. I don't really feel comfortable using is for production, but when it comes to live, it just allows me to do wonderful things when used with Ableton Live.
Ok, let it be said.. I have the original. I have never gotten much use out of it.. Didn't really use it that much for clip firing. Never used it for mixing (channel faders in Live), and am still looking for a way to fit this into my setup. I know some people use it and swear by it for simple finger drumming.. But it's way too cramped for me and the amount of colors it uses is pretty drab comparatively. Also.. The Automap software is terrible. I have had so many issues and non-starts with it, sometimes it feels infuriating.
Ok, with all that out of the way.. I have to admit that I would never get rid of it and it is built very solid and the buttons and the plug are still fine after like.. 6 years.. Actually I think mine is older than that. I just have a terrible memory.