Novation Launchkey 25 MK2 Controller Keyboard
Novation Launchkey 25 MK2 Controller Keyboard Overview By GAK
The Novation Launchkey 25 MK2 is a 25 note USB controller keyboard for use with Ableton Live. The Novation Launchkey 25 MK2 features 16 velocity sensitive RGB pads, dedicated control and navigation buttons, 8 knobs and software for both PC and MAC including Ableton Live Lite. The Launchkey 25 MK2 makes it incredibly easy to gain access to Ableton's features, just plug in via USB and the keys, knobs and-velocity-sensitive RGB-pads give you-immediate-hands-on control of your session view, instruments,effects-and mixer. All the controls integrate seamlessly and immediately with Ableton Live, and can be reassigned to anything. Of course, if you do not use Ableton, it will map to other major music software using InControl.
- Novation Launchkey (MK2) is the quickest and easiest way to produce and perform electronic music using Ableton Live. Just plug in via USB and the keys, knobs and velocity-sensitive RGB pads give you immediate hands-on control of your session view, instruments,effects and mixer.
- Launch clips, control FX, play beats and much more using 16 pads laid out in two rows of eight, to match your Ableton Live session view; one row to launch clips, and one row to stop them. Full colour RGB LEDs mean they'll match the colour of your clips too, while velocity-sensitivity lets you really put some feeling into your beats.
- Launchkey is designed to let you shape your sound however you like, using eight rock solid rotary knobs for tweaking your instruments and effects. If you need even more control of your mixer the Novation Launchkey 49 and 61 also include nine dedicated faders.
- The 25-note synth-style keyboard is lightweight, fast and very easy to play, but also velocity-sensitive so you can create truly expressive performances.
- All the controls integrate seamlessly and immediately with Ableton Live, and can be reassigned to anything. It also integrates with FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase, Studio One and Logic. We call this InControl technology, because it puts you in control immediately without any manual mapping.
- Launchkey 25 is compact and tough enough to throw in your bag, so you can take it anywhere. It will work the moment you plug it into your laptop and you won't need any drivers or power cables, because it's class compliant and bus-powered via USB.
- Launchkey comes with absolutely everything you need to start making music: Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station and V-Station virtual instruments, plus a comprehensive 4GB collection of production-ready samples from world-leading sample store Loopmasters.
- Designed for Ableton Live - All controls work immediately and can be freely reassigned.
- See Your Session - Full colour RGB pads match the colour of your clips.
- Create Expressive Beats - All 16 pads are velocity-sensitive for creating dynamic drum beats.
- Shape Your Sound - Tweak your instruments and effects using eight rock solid knobs.
- Create Expressive Performances - The 25-note velocity-sensitive synth-style keyboard is lightweight, fast and very easy to play.
- Take It Anywhere - Compact and tough enough to throw in your bag without needing a power cable.
- Control All Major Music Software - Get automatic hands-on control of other DAWs using InControl.
- Plug In and Play - Fully USB bus-powered and class compliant, so it works without drivers or a power cable.
- Make Music Immediately - Includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples.
- New, adjustable velocity curves on keys
- New internal Novation firmware designed and supported in-house
- New additional Ableton controls: Device, Pan, Send A, Send B.
- New RGB Launchpad buttons
- New, stronger and better built knobs attached to chassis.
- Access to the Sound Collective
- Ableton Live Lite
- 4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
- One of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys instruments
- Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser
- Novation V Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser
- Free Melodics lessons
- Novation Launchkey 25 Mk2
- USB cable
- Printed Getting Started Guide
- Safety information sheet
No upgrades available
We are novices with a midi. Seems great so far though downloading the free software has so far not worked. We are using it with limited functionality with GarageBand. Hopefully we will unpack the issues in time.
Fantastic all good. Exellent
A new toy! I love it! I used to own lots of outboard gear in the 80s and 90s. I fancied getting back into it but don't have the space. This keyboard is perfect for my use. The software included in great too - Ableton Live Lite, Bass Station & V Station. It's all new to me so can't give you much of a comparison review, although one reason I bought this was for the full size keys compared to other 2 octave keyboards I looked at.