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Novation Launchkey 49 Keyboard Controller

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Launchkey 49 is a 49-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 int...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Launchkey 49 is a 49-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 moreĀ¦?

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
Launchkey 49
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Manufacturer's Warranty
Warranty Statement
All Novation products are built to the highest standards and should provide reliable performance for many years, subject to reasonable care, use, transportation and storage.

In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident within 12 months from date of purchase Novation undertakes that the product will be repaired or replaced free of charge if the product is returned to the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In these circumstances, or if you need an out-of-warranty repair to your Novation product, please contact Novation at: and you will be advised of the correct return procedure.

Alternatively contact the Novation Reseller from which you purchased the product or the Novation Distributor in your country of residence or business. If you purchase a Novation product outside your country of residence or business you will not be entitled to ask your local Novation Distributor to honour this Limited Warranty, although you may request a chargeable repair.

Alternatively, the unit may be returned at your cost to the dealer you purchased the unit from so that they can organise a Warranty repair with their Novation Distributor.
This Warranty does not include cost of shipping to and from the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In every case it will be necessary to provide the original invoice or store receipt to accompany the defective product to the supplying dealer. This Limited Warranty is offered solely to the first purchaser of the product from an Authorised Novation Reseller (defined as a reseller which has purchased the Product directly from Novation in the UK or its Authorised Distributors outside the U.K,) and is not transferable.

This Warranty is in addition to your Statutory Rights in the country of purchase.

Please note: A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product which may be expected from a reasonable interpretation of the published description and performance specifications as published by Novation. This does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

A significant proportion of products returned under Warranty (which are very few in number compared to numbers sold) are found not to exhibit any fault at all. Please check that the mains voltage is correctly set for your local supply and that your connecting cables are in good order and correctly connected.

If in doubt about the product functions please read the user guide and if necessary contact your dealer for advice before returning the product to the supplying dealer. You can also contact us for general advice.

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NovationLaunchkey 49 Keyboard Controller

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(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Complete and total garbage!!!

By lawrence

from Beaumont Texas

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Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 Keyboard Controller:

If you use Windows 8.1 DO NOT buy this piece of junk. HUGE driver issues and ZERO support from Novation. I tried all night to get this to work with Reaper or Studio One with NO luck at all. Even the DAW software that it came with Abelton did not work right, it would work a minute and then stop and have to be configured all over again. It is SUPPOSED to be automatically recognized and configured by Abelton but it is not because of driver issues that Novation refuses to fix. And then even when you configure it, it doesn't stay that way. On top of that the drum pads do not trigger consistently and the keys feel cheap to the touch. Just all around junk. I will NEVER purchase another Novation product, EVER. Lesson learned. Just for the record, it worked just fine on an old Vista laptop and according to others, it also works well in Windows 7.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


For the budding composer

By Ronni

from columbia, tn

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Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 Keyboard Controller:

Purchased this for my 13 year old grandson who is beginning to compose music on his computer. Is wonderful for a budding beginner to compose and play music. Keys are a bit stiff, must press hard to achieve desired notes, however, for the price its just one step below the more expensive systems.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


best midi controller

By juan

from lawrence ma

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Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 Keyboard Controller:

i love it cant say nothing bad about it this is the best midi controller i have ever used


Became useless in less than a week

By Bardly

from Pittsburgh PA

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      Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 Keyboard Controller:

      Every eighth note sends the MIDI information of a note if you play, say, a low C, it sounds like someone slamming their hand on the piano. I now know that I am not the only purchaser who has had this problem. Avoid this product.

      (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


      EXTREMELY Difficult to set up with Cakewalk SONAR Platinum

      By Ken

      from Decatur, AL

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      Comments about Novation Launchkey 49 Keyboard Controller:

      I'll admit that this rating is partially because SONAR does not recognize the HUI InControl mappings the LaunchKey offers as it's main interface. However, even using straight MIDI, I have ONLY been able to get piano Keyboard to work. You would think that one of the top DAW software packages for a very long time would have been tried out with this product, or at least have a controller mapping example showing how to set-up the LaunchKey using MIDI only.

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