Novation Launchpad Ableton Live Controller


Novation Launchpad Ableton Live Controller


Price: $128.16

An in-depth review of the Novation Launchpad Ableton Live Controller

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Novation Launchpad  is a USB controller designed by Novation and Ableton. It features a multi-color 8×8 64-button grid and dedicated scene launch buttons, which provide easy manipulation and triggering of your Live clips. It works great with Ableton Live, since you can see which section of the Session View is currently being controlled by the Launchpad. This way both Ableton Live and Launchpad are always perfectly in sync. Each button has three different colour states: green for what is being played, orange for what is loaded and red for what is being recorded. Another mode offered by the Launchpad is the Mixer Mode. Mixer mode provides an innovative way of controlling the Ableton Live’s mixer. Using the same button grid you have the full control of the  volume, sends, pans, track arming, muting and soloing. Launchpad is great for controlling multiple effects sends, since you can jump to different levels across 8 channels at the same time.

The Novation Launchpad is also perfect for sketching out beats. It features 2 fully customizable user modes. This way you can trigger the Ableton Live’s Drum Racks in a completely new way. Live’s learn function also provides a way to create your own control setup, any way you want.


Novation Launchpad is not meant to be used exclusively with Ableton Live. It is also an  ideal controller for Max for Live, since the fully customizable user modes offer great flexibility. Novation Launchpad can easily handle all the generic controls and parameters of the Max for Live devices. On top of that it offers 11 multi-color LED states with variable brightness, which are great for people who are creating innovative new tools in Max for Live.


Whether you’re a DJ, performing musician or a studio producer, Novation Launchpad is a great innovative controller, that can help you expand your musical horizons.



Features: With Ableton

Seamless integration with Ableton – just start up your Ableton Live, plug-in the Launchpad and start making music

Constant two-way communication between Ableton Live and Launchpad.

Launchpad’s 64-button grid and dedicated scene launch buttons are ideal for launching and controlling your clips and scenes

64 button back-lit multi-color grid, that gives instant feedback on your session view – this way you can see what’s loaded, what’s playing, and what’s being recorded

Innovative control over your mix, including volume, pans, sends, track arming, soloing and muting Launchpad lets you jump to different levels across eight channels at once

Expand your Ableton control solution – Novation’s Automap-enabled controllers work seamlessly together – a ZeRO SL MkII to control the mix, while Launchpad triggers clips

Launchpad comes with “Ableton Live 8 Launchpad Edition”, fully functional for performance and production. For existing users, Ableton Live 7 and 8 are Launchpad ready

USB-powered with no need for an additional power supply

You can connect up to 6 Launchpads at a time – this way you can expand your grid with multiple Launchpads, or have one Launchpad dedicated to launching clips, and the other to mixer mode

Using simple page buttons and a “Session Overview”, Launchpad gives you an overview of the clips you have loaded across your entire Live set

Large rubber grips hold the Launchpad steady in the desired position


Outside Ableton


Utilising Automap, Launchpad can operate as a standard MIDI controller, creating custom MIDI maps with 72 of its buttons transmitting either CC or MIDI note data

Automap offers instant, intelligent control over VST, Audio Units, RTAS and TDM plug-ins and an increasing number of standalone samplers and step-sequencers

Automap provides a customizable heads-up transparent display across your computer screen – ideal for seeing at a glance samples that you’re about to trigger

Automap lets you create, customize and delete button assignments directly from your computer screen using lightning-fast “click” and “tap” facilities – click a parameter and then tap a button to assign it

Control maps are automatically placed into categories depending on type (instrument, effects, custom etc.)

Quick and easy browsing and selection via Launchpad

Flexible trigger platform for Max MSP and REAKTOR programmers – programmers can utilise variable multi-colour LED states and brightness to their full advantage when designing new and innovative tools in Max MSP and REAKTOR


Minimum Operational Requirements:



OS: 10.4, or later recommended

Computer: G4 or faster / Intel Mac

Memory (RAM): 512 MB RAM / 1 GB recommended



OS: Windows XP or Vista

Computer: 1.5 GHz or faster

Memory (RAM): 512 MB RAM / 1 GB recommended



Unit: W = 240 mm / 9.45 “, H = 20 mm / 0.79 “, D = 240 mm / 9.45 “

Box: W = 308 mm / 12.13 “, H = 90 mm / 20.98 “, D = 320 mm / 12.6 “



unit weight: 717gms /unit

boxed weight: 1kg/unit

Conclusion Rating
Novation Launchpad Ableton Live Controller is currently one of the hottest MIDI controllers on the market
5 stars

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