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Novation Announces LaunchPad Pro [MK3] at Winter NAMM 2020

Novation Announces LaunchPad Pro [MK3] at Winter NAMM 2020
Say hello to the latest model in Novation’s Launchpad Series: the Launchpad Pro [MK3]. With tons of new features that build on past Launchpad models, including the deepest Ableton Live integration yet, it’s the grid controller for DJs and performers to take creative producing and performing up a notch.

Novation’s Best Ableton Live Integration

Novation designed the Launchpad Pro [MK3] to work seamlessly with Ableton Live 10. Control it all from the powerful performance grid without ever needing to touch a mouse. From the grid, it’s easy to launch clips and scenes or quantize, duplicate and double. Accessing mixer, device and transport controls is also simple. Ableton Live’s Capture MIDI feature will be a favorite tool for players who like to experiment with sounds. With Ableton Live, tracks stay organized, arranged and ready to produce.

Upgraded RGB Pads Respond Instantly

Not only does the Launchpad Pro [MK3] perform great, it feels great, too. Novation upgraded the RGB pads so they’re more responsive, sensitive and, ultimately, playable. These velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads are also a little bigger compared to past models. They easily work with Ableton Live to launch clips. Coordinating LED lights match up with clips in Ableton Live, making it easy to select and play the right track. The LED lights are not only helpful, but also look great when performing live.

Even better, the pads can be customized. With Scale Mode, pads are able to be locked to specific musical keys. Dynamic Note unlocks in-key basslines, melodies, chords and leads, all available at a player’s fingertips. The Launchpad Pro can also sense when a player is drumming, and will display a drum rack on the grid. Top it all off with Chord Mode to create all sorts of harmonies, no matter how complex they are.

Hands-on MIDI Control

Turn the Launchpad Pro [MK3] into an ideal controller for a live setup. Eight Custom Modes transform it into a system compatible with MIDI software or hardware. All a player has to do is drag and drop widgets into Novation Components. It’s ready to drop in to any preexisting setup or studio. Novation’s Easy Start Tool makes setting up the Launchpad easy and provides further customization. It works with or without a computer for expressive MIDI control.

Create Full Songs With the 32-Step Sequencer

Built into the Launchpad Pro [MK3] is the four-track, eight-note polyphonic, 32-step standalone sequencer. Using the sequencer, a player can sequence preferred virtual instruments. With the Ableton Live integration, it’s also easy to print patterns to Clips. The sequencer comes equipped with tools to evolve tracks over time. Change it up with probability, mutation, sync rate and play order controls that can also switch up patterns instantly. Create full songs by chaining patterns together in scenes, or go off-grid entirely with Micro Steps.

More Software to Love

On top of Ableton Live 10 Lite, there’s plenty of other software to take advantage of included with the Launchpad Pro [MK3]. Produce cassette tape sound with reverb and tape deck emulation from Klevgrand R0Verb and DAW Cassette. Build a library of plug-ins with new plug-ins every few months from Sound Collective. The Softube Time and Tone bundle provide even more plug-ins for delay, reverb, distortion and mastering. Back it all up with the core synth sounds of the AAS Session bundle.

For first-time Novation product owners, the included XLN Addictive Keys gives access to a virtual keyboard upon registering. Splice Sounds also offers two months of membership, giving access to a vast library of one-shots, loops and presets.

To use previously owned Ableton Live software with the Launchpad Pro [MK3], the software must be updated to version 10 to work.

With so many great upgrades, the Novation Launchpad Pro [MK3] is ready for DJs and mobile performers to take control of all its features. From seamless Ableton Live integration and hands-on MIDI control, to the 32-step sequencer and RGB pads, it gets creativity sparked. Order one from Guitar Center today.

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