The Novation Launchkey is Novation's latest product of the ever-expanding 'launch' range. If you're not already familiar with the Launchpad (with a new 'S' Version now available) The MIDI controller revolutionised live computer-based music performance and production.
With 64 back-lit led buttons the Launchpad is capable of controlling all aspects of production and live performance including launching samples / loops and editing effects and many aspects of the mix process. Earlier this year Novation announced the Launchkey Range (now in stock available in 25, 49 and 61 key models) combining Launchpad control with a full size midi keyboard and now have introduced a compact version; the Launchkey Mini.
Launchkey Mini Overview
The compact midi keyboard controller has 25 mini keys with 16 pads. All controls are velocity-sensitive, whilst the pads have Novation's trademark 3 colour led display corresponding to your DAW control. Ontop of the keys and pads, there's an additional 8 rotary controls to assign to your hearts desire.
Originally manufactured for Ableton Live, all of the Launch range work seamlessly with all major DAWs including FL Studio, Cubase, Logic, and Reason. For those new to production, all Launchpad and Launchkey products come with Ableton Live Lite to get you started. Also included is Bass Station, V-station and a Loopmasters sample pack.
Free iPad Apps
Connect the Launchkey Mini to your iPad via the Apple Camera Connection Kit and use with the free Launchpad App. You can even load in sound packs and your own samples meaning your not limited by factory sounds like other iPad production and performance apps.
The Launchkey Mini is £79.99 and will be available this month. Pre-order yours here.