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Jointly designed by Ableton and Novation, Launchpad places Ableton Live at your fingertips. Whether you’re a DJ, performing musician or studio producer, Launchpad gives you all you need to truly ‘Play Live’.
With its multi-colour 64-button grid and dedicated scene launch buttons, Launchpad is purpose-built for triggering and manipulating clips in Live. Each button has three colour states so you can see at a glance what's loaded (amber), what's playing (green), and what's being recorded (red). Similarly, Live's interface tells you what section of the Session View the Launchpad is currently controlling. This two-way communication ensures that Launchpad and Ableton Live are always perfectly in sync.
Launchpad features a dedicated ‘Launchpad edition’ of Ableton Live 8, providing all you need to start performing and composing in Ableton Live. Live 7 and 8 are both fully compatible with Launchpad.
Launchpad doesn’t just launch clips. Switch to ‘mixer mode’ and the same button grid offers a unique way to control Ableton Live’s mixer. Volume, pans, sends, track arming, soloing and muting can all be controlled via the grid. Using buttons instead of dials, Launchpad lets you jump to different levels across eight channels at once – great for controlling multiple effects sends.
Launchpad is also great for sketching out beats — switch to ‘user mode 1’ and the 64 buttons become drum pad triggers with a direct line to Ableton Live’s Drum Racks. However, Launchpad has two 'user' modes, and both are fully customizable. Using Live’s own learn function, they let you create your own control setup, exactly the way you want it.
Launchpad is not exclusive to Ableton Live. Outside of Live, Novation’s Automap software gives Launchpad the power to control almost any other music software; all automatable plug-ins, every major sequencer, and all MIDI compatible standalone software applications.
Launchpad is also the ideal controller for Max for Live. The customizable user modes are flexible enough to deal with even the most detailed Max for Live devices and can handle generic parameters and controls with ease. Programmers can utilise variable brightness and multi-colour (eleven) LED states to their full advantage when designing new and innovative tools in Max for Live. The possibilities for devices are limitless.
Want more buttons? Launchpads are designed to work together, with up six units at once! That’s 432 assignable buttons! Need faders, keys, drum pads and more? Launchpad works seamlessly alongside all of Novation’s other controllers, including the SL MkII with its dedicated co-designed Ableton control layout. Launchpad can also operate as a grid expansion for the Akai APC40.
Ableton Live is known as the DAW that can be played like an instrument. Now, with Launchpad, you have all you need to truly ‘Play Live’.