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Novation Launchpad S - Ableton Live Controller

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Novation Launchpad S - Ableton Live Controller

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Product Highlights

  • 64 Multi-Color Buttons in 8x8 Grid
  • 8 System and 8 Function Buttons
  • Supports Ableton Live
  • Supports Other Grid Music Applications
  • Launchpad iPad App
  • Ableton Live Launchpad Edition Software
  • Novation Bass Station Plug-In
  • 1GB Loopmasters Samples
  • USB Bus or iPad Powered
  • Mac OS X and Windows 7/8
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The Launchpad S from Novation is a multi-color button controller for use with grid-based music applications such as Ableton Live and FL Studio. For the DJ, performing musician, or studio producer, the controller provides everything needed to "play" the software straight out of the box, using the 64-button grid to launch and manipulate clips, trigger loops, fire off effects, control a mixer, and more.

The unit ships with Ableton Live Launchpad Edition music software, but can also be used to trigger loops and effects in the Launchpad app for the iPad. The app for the iPad is a totally self-contained music making and performance application, not just a software control app. It hosts its own sounds and allows for triggering loops with the hardware. It is also contains a whole range of effects, including filters, stutters and drum roll-styled effects. The optional Apple Camera Connection Kit is required to use an iPad with the Launchpad S.

The controller is lightweight and portable, and fully USB bus powered from a computer, or when connected to an iPad. Full MIDI Class Compliance means it will work "plug-and-play" with virtually any Mac- or Windows-based music software using the company's Automap control software. The buttons are brighter than the previous model, along with a significantly faster refresh rate. In addition to the Ableton software, the controller comes with the Novation Bass Station plug-in and over 1GB of loops, including drums, FX and artist content, from Loopmasters.

Sixty-four-button grid music controller with all the features of the original but with much brighter buttons, faster refresh and expanded app/system support
Supports Ableton Live and other grid music applications, including FL Studio, with no additional drivers needed
Control a mix including volume, pans, sends, track arming, soloing and muting
Jump to different levels across eight channels at once
Trigger loops and effects using the Launchpad app for the iPad
Controller can be plugged into an iPad and fully powered using the optional Apple Camera Connection Kit
Fully USB bus-powered
Lightweight and easy to carry
Includes Ableton Live Launchpad Edition software
Includes Novation Bass Station synthesizer plug-in and over 1GB of Loopmasters samples
Controls 64 x Square tri-colour buttons (8 x 8 grid)
8 x Round multi-colour system buttons (assignable)
8 x Round multi-colour function buttons (non-assignable)
System Requirements Mac - OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7 Lion
PC - Windows 8 and Windows 7 (64- and 32-bit)
iPad - iPad2 or later recommended, iOS 5 or above is required
Novation Launchpad S - Ableton Live Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live Launchpad Edition Software
  • Novation Bass Station Plug-In
  • 1GB Loopmasters Samples
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    NovationLaunchpad S - Ableton Live Controller
     
    4.5

    (based on 8 reviews)

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          5.0

          Makes Ableton Live Awesome

          By psychobaka

          from Christiansburg, VA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Integrates With Ableton
          • Pretty lights
          • Solidly Built
          • Standalone Midi Control

          Cons

          • Button Light Cfg Is Odd
          • No Blue Leds In Buttons
          • Not Touch Sensitive

          Best Uses

          • Ableton Live Composition
          • Ableton Live Performance

          Comments about Novation Launchpad S - Ableton Live Controller:

          I use this controller primarily with Ableton Live, but I have tried out the Automap software for Reaper and it works though not much better than what you could achieve from a bit of your own configuration work in the Reaper Actions/Shortcuts window.

          This controller is an absolute must for anyone working with Ableton Live as it really does complete the software and give it the workflow that makes it such a good DAW. Without it, I actually find Ableton Live to be quite frustrating to use!

          Two downsides to this controller. One, it doesn't have the level of interactivity offered by the Push controller. Of course, it doesn't have all the DAW controls, but even simpler than that it doesn't have scales configuration. You can use MIDI scale mappers within Ableton to achieve the same effect, but you won't get the nice highlighting of octaves that you get on the Push. Getting ANY lights to show up in User Mode 1 (the MIDI keyboard) requires special routing of MIDI messages to the controller. Not hard to set up, and of course they give you the freedom to script the button lights like crazy, but I would have expected Ableton Live to engage with the lights more by default. No biggie, though.

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          5.0

          sweet

          By teej

          from santa monica, CA

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                Comments about Novation Launchpad S - Ableton Live Controller:

                exactly what i expected, awesome controller

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                5.0

                Great addition to live performance!

                By Greg

                from Fort Worth, TX

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                Pros

                • Endless Live Applications

                Cons

                • Pads Not Veloc Sensitive

                Best Uses

                • Clips Scenes Overdubs

                Comments about Novation Launchpad S - Ableton Live Controller:

                This product comes with the code to download Ableton Live 9 Lite. I've only done a few songs, but so far the playability and options seem endless. Not only can you use it for playing clips, but also for recording, looping, overdubbing and the 3 color LEDs can be used as a functional light "show".

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                4.0

                Awesome sound

                By cerebralnet

                from austin texas

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                      Comments about Novation Launchpad S - Ableton Live Controller:

                      The possibilities are almost endless. Definitely a must have

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                      4.0

                      Excellent as expected

                      By mikuluk

                      from ottawa ON

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                            Comments about Novation Launchpad S - Ableton Live Controller:

                            Works very well with my Live 8.14 standard version, but there was a problem with running the Live 9 Lite that came bundled. After back and forth emails with Abelton and Novation, I discovered that Abelton does not make a "Launchpad Edition" of Live 9 and has discontinued the Live 8 Launch Pad edition, so the Novation Launch pad S demo set won't play on any Lite version now available. Otherwise it works fine with the full versions of both live 8 & 9.

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                            4.0

                            Awesome

                            By Peacock

                            from Brooklyn

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                                  Comments about Novation Launchpad S - Ableton Live Controller:

                                  Great tool. I'm a beginner and still learning Adium, but once you get the hang of it -
                                  It's pretty simple. It's going to take a lot of practice though, so don't kid yourself. There are videos on the Internet to get you started but most of what I learned was from me messing around.

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                                  4.0

                                  Pretty Awesome

                                  By Big B

                                  from Midvale, UT

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                                  Pros

                                  • fun to play with
                                  • Good Button Responce
                                  • Well built

                                  Cons

                                  • Big learning curve

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Novation Launchpad S - Ableton Live Controller:

                                    I Bought this product because I have been wanting something that would help me in creating music. It is Well built and solid works great! A little hard to understand Abbleton Live and they make it look so easy in the You Tube Videos! But once you learn you can create some fun groove and beats.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent Product

                                    By CousinDave

                                    from Dallas, TX

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                                    Pros

                                    • plug-and-play

                                    Cons

                                    • Stiff Buttons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Launching Loops
                                    • Live Play

                                    Comments about Novation Launchpad S - Ableton Live Controller:

                                    I've had my eye on this for some time now, so I knew exactly what I was buying when I purchased it. The ONLY surprise I had was how stiff the buttons are. It's not a killer by any means, just not what I expected. The new S version makes setup easy with plug and play support. Overall this is an excellent controller and more than worth it's price.

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