Novation Launchpad Pro vs. Launchpad Mk2
All Launchpads can be chained together. They all integrate seamlessly with Ableton Live without any setup, and all come with Ableton Live Lite. They're all bus-powered via USB and class compliant, so you can just plug them in and start playing.
For those looking for more features and controls, however, Launchpad Pro and Launchpad Mk2 are the best choices in their price ranges, by far, and also feature RGB pads. In fact, the MK2 is barely more expensive than the S model, making it the best value-for-money out of the bunch!
LAUNCHPAD MK2 OR LAUNCHPAD PRO?
Well, in a way this is not a fair comparison, because what people really want to know is how the new Launchpad Pro compares to Ableton Push, but we'll get into that in a bit.
Which means, of course, that Pro is far superior to the MK2. But, for many people, a Launchpad MK2 may be all they need, so there's no need to spend more money on a Pro if the MK2 does the job you want.
The Launchpad MK2 is the go-to controller to launch clips, play drum racks and control your mixer, all while creating awesome lightshows on the iconic grid instrument for Ableton Live. It's ubiquitous with the evolution of electronic music.
- Integrate seamlessly with Ableton Live without any setup
- Launch multiple clips and control anything else you like
- Play using 64 RGB pads that light up to match the colour of your clips
- Use the grid to play samples and drum racks, and create light shows
- Start and stop loops, arm tracks, and control volumes, pans and sends
It is affordable, very light & portable, and comes with everything you need to get started making music: Ableton Live Lite, 1GB of royalty-free Loopmasters samples, Novation V Station and Bass Station VST and AU plug-ins.
If you think the MK2 does all you need it to do, then just go for it! But if you still fancy even more features, then read on...
Since it was announced, the Launchpad Pro got a lot of people excited about the possibilities it opened, and it's rightfully considered a more affordable option to Ableton Push. Push is still more high-spec'ed and some might prefer it, but Pro is not only more affordable, it's also more portable and designed for live performance in a way that Push isn't. Push focuses on track building in the studio. Launchpad pro focuses on music performance. If you don't want everything that Push does, and also wants to use your grid controller with external hardware, and as an actual live instrument, then Launchpad Pro is the way to go!
But there's much more that makes this new controller so attractive.It lets you do everything that the MK2 does, plus:
- Control a variety of other music software and external hardware
- Create expressive beats using velocity sensitive pads, with drum racks spread across the whole grid
- Easily play notes, melodies and chords on an RGB illuminated, pressure sensitive, chromatic keyboard
- Get immediate slick access to all your mixer controls
- Control your effects and instrument mid-performance
The Launchpad Pro was designed to be used on the fly: less paging around for sounds, less task switching, to easily create tracks and perform live. One of the most innovative features is Fader Glide - basically, you tap to set faders, using velocity to change values. Again, it's something that refocuses Pro as a live performance instrument. The harder you tap, the faster the value changes. So a light tap produces a smooth fade.
Novation are open sourcing the firmware for Launchpad Pro, and doing a programmers reference guide for both Pro and Launchpad (MK2) which allows any software developer or someone with some programming knowledge to customize their Launchpad to do stuff it wasn’t designed for. The programmer's guide for Pro is already available here.
The future of the Launchpad Pro is bright. There's already a strong community of Launchpad enthusiasts, and the open source firmware means exciting things could - and will - happen!
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The original Launchpad transcended it's humble roots, playing a big part in the entire phenomenon of controllerism and freeing up the creative process for loads of producers and DJs. The Launchpad Pro takes things to the next level and allows you to program, write, tweak and perform with one intuitive device. Now offering even greater plug and play potential, as…
If you use Ableton Live, you need a Launchpad. Its 8 x 8 grid of pads has become ubiquitous with the evolution of electronic music, letting you launch clips, play drum racks and control your mixer, all while creating awesome lightshows. Launchpad integrates immediately and seamlessly with Ableton Live, without any setup. The pads are lit by RGB LEDs, which match the colour…
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