Novation Launchpad Pro MIDI Controller and Grid Instrument

Novation Launchpad Pro MIDI Controller and Grid Instrument

Novation Launchpad Pro MIDI Controller and Grid Instrument

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  • 64 RGB Backlit Pads
  • Velocity- and Pressure-Sensitive Pads
  • Session, Note, Device, and User Modes
  • Dedicated Mixer & Function Controls
  • Scale Function with 32 Keys and Modes
  • 1/8" to 5-Pin DIN MIDI Cables Included
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite + XLN VST
  • 4GB of Loopmasters Sounds & Samples
  • Free Plug-Ins from Sound Collective
  • Performance Lessons from Melodics
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Novation LAUNCHPAD-PRO overview

  • 1Description

The Launchpad Pro from Novation is a MIDI controller and grid instrument that creates dynamic, expressive musical performances. Designed for Ableton Live, the Launchpad will work equally as well with any DAW or hardware MIDI device. The enhanced RGB LED backlit pads are velocity- and pressure-sensitive and provide fluid expression and creativity to production and performance. The layout is designed to keep your focus on the performance by easily and immediately applying effects, changing between mixer controls, and switching between four key modes including Session, Note, Device, and User.

The Session mode gives direct access to triggering clips, while the Note mode allows for the creation of dynamic beats and offers the ability to play the grid as an instrument with its chromatic keyboard display. The device mode provides access to any instrument or device parameters for easy real-time control and performance. The User mode is designed for custom performance layouts for software and hardware alike. There are dedicated buttons to control record arm, track select, mute, solo, volume, pan, sends, and stop clips.  Additionally, there are dedicated function controls including click, undo, delete, quantize, duplicate, and double.

The mixer offers control of all volume, pan, and effects sends and is velocity sensitive, allowing for smooth transitions or instantaneous changes depending how hard a pad is played. There is MIDI in and out provided by the included 1/8" / 3.5mm to 5-pin DIN cables, which connect to any MIDI hardware device such as a synthesizer or drum machine. The Launchpad is bus powered, but may also be powered by the included AC adapter for stand-alone operation. The Launchpad Pro ships with Ableton Live Lite, 4 GB of Loopmaster sounds & samples, and the Novation Bass Station & V-Station plug-in synthesizers.

Note: Register your Novation hardware to access innovative software every couple of months courtesy of the Sound Collective.

Free XLN Addictive Keys Virtual Instrument
  • Available for existing and new customers, the Addictive Keys virtual instrument from XLN Audio is "on the house" when you register your Launchpad Pro. One full license per account gives you one Addictive Keys instrument
  • Pick from:
    • Modern Upright
    • Studio Grand
    • Electric Grand
    • Mark One
4GB Loop Library from Loopmasters
  • A 4GB Loopmasters sample library is included with every Novation product and is packed with professional-quality, royalty-free loops and one-shots. The library offers a huge range of electronic and acoustic instrumentation and encompasses all contemporary genres, from blues, funk, and hip-hop to bass, techno, and all flavors of house. It's everything you need to start making music
Scale Function
  • Choose from a roster of 32 keys and modes, from major and minor, through phrygian, whole tone, bebop minor, iwato, and more. Once selected, Launchpad Pro's 64 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads will assign themselves contiguously to only the notes of the selected scale, removing all the rest. Never hit a wrong note again
Enhanced Performance
  • Take hands-on control of your music with seamless Ableton Live integration
Control Anything
  • Use the grid to control any music software and external hardware
Focus On the Music
  • RGB pads match the color of your clips in Ableton Live's session view
Make Dynamic Beats
  • Create expressive drum performances using velocity-sensitive pads
Play It Like An Instrument
  • Easily play notes, melodies and chords on a chromatic keyboard layout
Mix Without Losing Focus
  • Get immediate access to all your mixer controls mid-performance
Easily Apply Effects
  • Get creative by controlling effects, instrument devices and plug-ins mid-performance
Build Your Own Creations
  • Download and control a growing library of Max for Live devices
Take It Anywhere
  • Compact, lightweight and bus-powered, tough enough to survive the roughest gigs
Make Music Immediately
  • Comes with everything you need to start performing your music
Sound Collective
  • The Sound Collective is a platform that will provide a free third-party software instrument or creative effect to all of their registered Novation hardware users every two months
  • Register your Novation hardware to access innovative software every couple of months courtesy of the Sound Collective
  • Free and discounted synthesizers and effects available every two months, when you purchase and register any Novation product
Learn with Melodics
  • Free keys and pad drumming lessons with Melodics help you get the most out of your controller straight out of the box
UPC: 815301000938
In the Box
Novation Launchpad Pro MIDI Controller and Grid Instrument
  • Orange USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • 2 x Orange MIDI Breakout Cables: 1/8" / 3.5 mm to Female 5-Pin DIN
  • Ableton Live Lite Software
  • 4 GB of Loopmasters Sounds and Samples
  • Novation Bass Station VST/AU Plug-in Synthesizer
  • Novation V Station VST/AU Plug-in Synthesizer
  • Free XLN Addictive Keys Virtual Instrument
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Novation LAUNCHPAD-PRO specs

    Hardware Specifications 64 RGB backlit velocity and pressure sensitive button grid
    32 RGB backlit round mode buttons
    One setup button
    Front LED strip
    Orange rubber base mat
    High retention USB connector
    Two MIDI sockets (3.5 mm jack sockets with MIDI din break-out cables)
    Power supply connector
    Power switch
    Kensington Security Slot
    Product Compatibility Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    Windows 8.1, 8, 7
    iOS 8, iOS 7
    Launchpad Pro is class compliant, so will work on any modern Mac, Windows or Linux PC
    Power Requirements USB bus powered
    12 VDC
    Maximum Power Consumption: 12 VDC, 1 A
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 10.2 x 10.2 x 1.1" / 26.0 x 26.0 x 2.9 cm
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.6 x 12.6 x 4.0"

    Novation LAUNCHPAD-PRO reviews

    Launchpad Pro MIDI Controller and Grid Instrument is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This thing is awesome The Launchpad Pro is amazing. For a very reasonable price, it is solidly built, and works great. The learning curve is steep for someone who has never used a midi device before, but the outcome is great. I was able to make a full set of samples after using this for a few hours, and now in my third day of using it I am doing even more complex things such as programming lights and user mode. I would highly recommend this for anyone who is looking to have some fun and even perform live with a super flexible midi controller.
    Date published: 2015-12-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended Great build quality. Much improved over the original Launchpad series. Great alternative to the Ableton Push 2.
    Date published: 2017-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like it It's a really amazing product, i think that the price is compatible with the advantages that the product offers. I would recommend it, especeally for someone who uses Live from abletom
    Date published: 2016-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from And incredible instrument for any style of music I've been using Ableton for at least 10 years and have owned the old Launchpad S since around 2013. It was a fun addition to the Ableton Live workflow, but I didn't find myself using it much as it was best for just triggering clips. You could use it to actually lay down notes and rhythms, but the buttons didn't feel that great, there was no velocity or aftertouch, and the visual feedback was lacking. Basically, my 88-key keyboard was better for that, so the Launchpad S got little use as an actual instrument. The Launchpad Pro improves on the original Launchpad exponentially. When I first hooked it up and loaded a grand piano VST, I was seriously amazed at the velocity sensitivity and overall feel of the pads. I can play piano on this and it's as dynamic as if I had played in on my keyboard controller. There are no unexpectedly loud or quiet notes - it just reacts exactly as it should, with a nice wide dynamic range. The first thing I though was "this may actually replace my keyboard controller completely." The other standout feature is the scales mode. A lot of people view this as a way for people with little theory knowledge to "cheat", and I would have to disagree with that. I have an in-depth understanding of music theory, and that really lets me take full advantage of the scales mode. With 32 scales built in, you've got easy access to all 7 modes as well as a large palette of more exotic scales. The adjustable overlap lets you set it up exactly like an Ableton Push, if that's what you want. Cutting out the out-of-key notes and displaying the in-key notes in a grid format is just immensely powerful and inspiring. With the addition of the RGB lights and the additional function buttons, this thing is (dare I say it) BETTER than a Push, and at less than half the price. It cuts out all of the unneeded complexity of the Push, gives you what you need to get the job done, and is a truly inspiring device. As a musician, I couldn't ask for more.
    Date published: 2018-02-23
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