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Novation Launchkey 25 Keyboard Controller  

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Launchkey 25 is a 25-note keyboard controller with up to 50 physical controls including 16 velocity-sensitive multi-color trigger-pads. As well as enabling hands-on controller of your DAW's mixer, ins... Read More

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Launchkey 25 is a 25-note keyboard controller with up to 50 physical controls including 16 velocity-sensitive multi-color trigger-pads. As well as enabling hands-on controller of your DAW's mixer, instruments and effects, Launchkey is an integrated software/hardware instrument. The control surface has been designed to work tightly alongside two intuitive apps for iPad: the Launckey app and the Launchpad app - plus the powerful V-Station synth plug-in for Mac and Windows.

Not just a controller keyboard - fully integrated instrument for Mac, PC & iPad
Launchkey includes an entire suite of software for iPad, Mac and PC including a brand new stand-alone synth app, a Launchpad app for triggering and improvising with loops, and the powerful V-Station and Bass Station soft synths for Mac and PC - not to mention Ableton Live Lite and a huge Loopmasters sample pack.

'InControl' technology instantly maps to all major DAWs and music software
Launchkey is a full-scale DAW controller for all major digital audio workstations, bringing mixer, transport and direct plug-in control to Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Logic, Cubase and more. With nine faders, up to nine buttons, eight rotary knobs and transport controls, you're in complete control with Launchkey.

16 velocity-sensitive multi-color launch pads - trigger loops and play drums
16 dual-color-backlit velocity-sensing Launchpad panels can be used to play drums, or trigger clips and scenes without having to go near the computer. Whatever software you use, the 16 launch pads are perfect for sketching out beats or playing in drum lines. If you use grid-based software such as Ableton Live or FL Studio, the launch pads will put loop control right at your fingertips.

Professional synth-styled keyboard (with over 50 hardware controls)
The velocity-sensitive synth-style keyboard mechanism is accompanied by pitch and mod wheels and octave track up/down buttons. It recreates the feel of classic synth keyboards with precision, so playing styles can be reflected by the software as accurately as possible.

Launchkey comes with a suite of synth and Launchpad apps for iPad as well as the powerful Novation V-Station synth plug-in for Mac and PC - and more¦ƒ

iPad Applications

Launchkey Application
Launchkey comes with a powerful and uniquely intuitive graphic sound synthesiser for iPad. Position and move sound-producing elements around the screen at the touch of a finger - location, proximity and characteristics change the sound in real time. The knobs and faders on the hardware can also be used to edit and tweak sounds within the app.

Launchpad Application
Second is a Launchpad styled application providing drag-and-drop clip playback from the pads, plus realtime FX manipulation such as beat repeat and stutter. The Launchpad app turns your iPad and Launchkey into a unique hardware/software loopstation.

Mac and PC software

Novation V-Station synth
V-Station is one of Novation's powerful analogue-modelling synth engines in software form. V-Station is a plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) so you can open it within your music software and get hands-on control with Launchkey hardware.

Novation Bass Station synth
The classic Bass Station analogue mono-synth first appeared in 1994 and has found its way onto countless records. Launchkey comes with a plug-in version of the synth which can be opened within your DAW and played / tweaked with the hardware controls.

Ableton Live Lite
Music production software used by countless top artists to produce and perform their music. Launchkey integrates with Ableton Live: as well as controlling mixer, transport and plug-in effects, the 16 launch pads work to trigger sounds using Ableton's unique "session view".

Loopmasters sample pack
Launchkey comes with over one gigabyte of samples from Loopmasters; everything you need to start creating and performing music straight away - including artist packs, drum samples and sound FX.

  • Integrated software/hardware instrument with apps for Mac, PC and iPad
  • 'InControl' technology connects hardware controls directly to all major DAWs
  • Quick, hands-on control of mixer, transport, plug-in instruments and effects
  • 16 velocity-sensitive multi-color launch pads
  • Professional synth-styled keyboard with over 50 hardware controls
  • Instant access to major DAW control parameters
  • Fully bus-powered, even with iPad
  • Ships with 1GB of Loopmasters sample content
  • Includes a copy of Ableton Live Lite

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Great starter keyboard

By Jaden

from Milwaukee, QI

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Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 Keyboard Controller:

I bought this along with a copy of FL Studio. Its all pretty user friendly and easy to use. I've had zero problems.

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Does not have full compatibility with FL Studio 11

By Parker Rowland

from Fredericksburg, VA

Comments about Novation Launchkey 25 Keyboard Controller:

I purchased the Launchkey 25 because of its price, combination of midi controllers (keys, pads, and knobs), and since I needed a controller for FL Studio's performance mode. I am very disappointed in this product because the full functionality of the launch pads are not supported by FL Studio, despite what the packaging and product description led me to believe. The pads can trigger samples and clips in FL Studio's performance mode, but they do not have multicolor functionality (like on the box). The "In control" feature also does not work in FL Studio, which I would have liked to know before purchasing this now mostly useless controller. But the worst problem is that since the controller is packaged with software, you cannot return it to Guitar Center if you don't like it; if it doesn't work for your setup you run the risk of wasting your money. If you use FL Studio as your primary DAW, stay far away from the Launchkey series of controllers.

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