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. If you’re looking for a basic grid controller but don’t need the velocity-sensitive pads and extra controls that the Launchpad Pro offers, the new Launchpad fills that need.
Ableton Live is a flexible digital audio workstation that also doubles as performance software, and the original Launchpad was a favourite for folks who needed a simple grid controller that just worked straight out the box. The Launchpad Mk2 looks to continue that tradition for a whole new generation of bedroom producers and DJs.
• Release date and pricing for the Launchpad are forthcoming. Sign up at the Novation website to be notified of its availability.
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