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