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Technology Novation launches a Pro version of its popular Launchpad grid controller

18:15  14 january  2020
18:15  14 january  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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Launchpad X is our essential 64- pad MIDI grid controller for Ableton Live. Go deeper and get Launchpad X working the way you want. Use Novation Components to customise MIDI mappings, and control almost anything; four custom modes mean you can design how this essential grid controller

Novation 's Launch pad Pro Grid -based controller is the simplest and best way to create dynamic, expressive performances in Ableton Live, or any music software. Novation have given the Launchpad a total overhaul and it is now enhanced with amongst other things an RGB LED feedback and velocity

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Novation's Launchpad is one of the most popular pad-based MIDI controllers out there, but the company hasn't been resting on its laurels -- it just released its Launchkey Mini keyboard controller that we are big fans of. The Launchpad is getting an upgrade too, with the announcement of a new Pro version of the controller.

For Ableton Live users, the Launchpad Pro has integration features like dedicated controls for launching clips or scenes, duplicating elements, transport and quantising which should make workflow smoother. There's also a Capture MIDI function "for recovering those happy accidents," as well as modes to help keep notes in tune and a chord mode for perfecting harmonies.

The pad also acts as a MIDI sequencer, capable of controlling any MIDI synth, sampler or drum machine, with an option to quickly switch between eight custom modes.

The 64 pads are larger than before, but the entire device is compact so it's portable. It also connects for USB-C to make use of power over USB. The LaunchPad Pro is available from Novation's website for €300 ($333).

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