Review & Video: Novation Launchpad Pro

Ableton Live is a digital audio workstation that has changed the way producers and DJs create and perform electronic music. In this review, we take a look at the Launchpad Pro and see if it’s easy enough for a beginner who wants to DJ or gig with Ableton Live to get into.

Ableton Push 2 Controller & Live 9.5 Now Available

Ableton has just released an update to its Push controller. The Ableton Push 2 builds on the features of the original Push, which includes a new colour display and graphics for even easier tweaking without having to glance at your laptop’s screen, as well as improved buttons and pads.

5 Beginner-Friendly Ableton Live Controllers Under $160

Ableton Live’s a unique piece of software: You can make music with it, you can DJ with it, and you can even perform your songs live, all just using your laptop. These days a lot of fantastic, budget controllers are out in the market that come pre-mapped and good to go with Live. We list our five favourites in this article.

Does Your Gear Support OSX 10.11? Our Compatibility List

Apple released its latest operating system OSX 10.11 El Capitan this week, and DJ manufacturers have warned users not to perform the update because of incompatibilities with current hardware and software. Here’s a compatibility status list of DJ software and hardware, which we’ll be updating as the patches roll out.

Launchpad Controller For Ableton Gets Coloured Pads

Novation just announced an update to its popular Launchpad grid controller for Ableton Live. The Launchpad Mk2 gets a cosmetic upgrade, borrowing the aesthetics of Novation’s Launchpad Pro, including backlit RGB pads that change colour depending on the colour of your clips in Ableton.

Musikmesse 2015: Akai Midimix Controller

Akai has released a new “faders and knobs” controller here at Musikmesse 2015. The Akai Midimix sports nine faders, 24 knobs, and 20 buttons, all Midi-mappable for control in DAW software like Ableton Live. It’s bus-powered, so you just need to connect it to your laptop’s USB port for control whether at home or on the road.

Musikmesse 2015: Novation Launchkey Midi Controller

Novation has just announced a refresh of its Launchkey series of Midi keyboard controllers here at Musikmesse 2015. The new Novation Launchkey builds on the success of the original, this time with velocity-sensitive, 16 colour RGB pads onboard. You get transport buttons and up to nine faders and eight knobs for hands-on control.