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Stunning Live Performance With A Novation Launchpad

Published: Mon April 15, 2013  News Feed

Stunning Live Performance With A Novation Launchpad

By Hugh McKenna

Novation Laucnhpad

Picture courtesy of Alex Wire

There are some simply staggering Launchpad performances out there at the moment, with Jack Conte getting in on the action most recently with this great Daft Punk & Skillrex mashup. Bright LED controllers help you keep an eye on things on stage.

Not long ago we had M4SONIC applying classical piano technique with both hands on 2 Launchpads simultaneously. While it might take just a little bit of practice to get this good yourself it's clear how useful the Launchpad can be for making arrangements on the fly. If you use Ableton Live or FL Studio the grid controller works right out the box and lets you arrange, mix and edit on the fly.

An early pioneer showing off just what can be done with a Launchpad and a bit of creative spark is Madeon with a hugely popular mashup of a few of his favourite songs.

While all of the above can be a little humbling for us mere mortals it certainly shows just how much the Launchpad really can be treated as an instrument. Combine it with a MIDI controller and you suddenly have a whole world of possibilities in a setup that can fit in your backpack. If you're after an even more compact setup the Launchpad Mini is portable and has the same operation and build quality as the full Launchpad S. Even better it works right out the box with your iPad, with the Launchpad App available on Novation's website.

Best of all the Launchpad combines brilliantly with other MIDI devices to work as a modular controller setup. Whether you're triggering and tweaking in Ableton Live or need simple iPad inspiration in the studio there's a setup to suit.

Launchpad Bundles
Launchpad Nocturn Bundle

Launchpad & Nocturn MIDI Control

Use the Launchpad with a Nocturn as a crossfader DJ MIDI controller while triggering clips. Imagine sweeping a filter with one hand and triggering a scene with the other, then crossfading the elements of your new scene while tapping out an improvised melody.
Launchpad Akai Keyboard Bundle

Launchpad & Akai Mini MIDI Keyboard

Can be squeezed into the smallest of setups. Compose on keys and arrange on the Launchpad.
Novation Launchpad with ZeRO SL Mk II

Launchpad With Zero SL

Beats, tweaks and clips can all be composed on the fly with this complete setup. The SL is a professional controller hub.
Launchpad & Launchkey Mini Controllers
Launchpad & Launchkey Mini Controllers


The ultimate compact controller bundle, affordable USB keyboard and the iconic Launchpad for under £200. Launch scenes in Ableton while playing and melody and tweaking the mix.
Launchpad S & Launch Control
Launchpad S & Launch Control


If you've already got a master keyboard but want access to the unique capabilities of the Launch family.
Launchkey 25
Novation Launchkey 25
- Novations's Best Reason Keyboard Controller

Ok so this one isn't technically a bundle but add an iPad and you've got a portable production package. However it's the Launchkey's integration with Reason where things really shine. Just plug and play, an affordable master keyboard and among the most feature packed at this price.

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