Novation just announced two new Launchpad grid controllers: Launchpad X and Launchpad Mini Mk3. Meant to be used with Ableton Live running on a laptop, both devices come with 64 RGB backlit pads, and controls to navigate Ableton Live’s Session View and to launch rows of clips. The main differences between the two are size and pad sensitivity: the Launchpad X is a full-sized grid controller (similar to the Launchpad Pro) with velocity and pressure-sensitive pads, while the Launchpad Mini Mk3 has a smaller build and smaller pads without the sensitivities.
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Apart from the aforementioned controls, both Launchpads have the ability to toggle between Note and Drum modes for the grid, letting you use the pads for creating melodies / chords, or for playing drum grooves respectively. Both come with a copy of Ableton Live Lite to get you started making and performing music straight away.
Novation’s Launchpad has been around since 2009 and has been used by countless electronic music producers and performers. We reviewed the Launchpad Pro a few years back and gave it top marks for its deep integration with Ableton Live surpassed only by Ableton’s own Push 2 (which, to be fair, has an OLED screen and more controls onboard as well as a higher price tag).
The Launchpad X and Launchpad Mini Mk3 are for new DJ/producers who want to use Live onstage and want hands on clip launch control, or for those who want to replace their ageing or beat up grid pad controllers.
Check out the promo videos below.
• The Novation Launchpad X and Launchpad Mini Mk3 are available now for €199 and €109 respectively. Check the Novation site for more details.
What are your thoughts on these new Launchpad models? Want to add one of them to your music production or live performance set-up? Let us know below.