Just ahead of Musikmesse 2015, which starts next week, Novation have announced the new versions of their popular Launchkey MIDI Keyboards (available with 25-, 49- or 61-keys) and Launchpad Mini Grid controller. These new, Mk2 models, will be available from June 2015. Read on to find out more...
Launchkey is Novation's essential keyboard controller range for Ableton Live, and the original models have proved very popular. Now, the Novation Launchkey Mk2 Range is set to take this popularity to new heights, offering even better features.
The 25 / 49 / 61-note USB keyboard controllers for Ableton Live, feature with 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, 8 knobs, dedicated navigation and control buttons, and software for Mac and PC, including Ableton Live Lite.
Like the original range, Mk2 delivers outstanding value for money. Also available from June 2015, the Launchpad Mini Mk2 is another new release that should prove popular, as it has all the functionalities of the original Launchpad but at a much smaller and more affordable package!
What is the difference between Launchkey Mk1 and Launchkey Mk2?
Other than the name the updated Launchkey shares many similarities to the original, however there new features that allow for greater style and more control while creating music:
- The updated Launchkey has RGB pads that provide clip colour-matching feedback to enhance your workflow when creating and launching clips, triggering samples, or controling devices in Ableton Live.
- In addition these pads are velocity sensitive allowing for a more realistic feel when creating midi clips or programming drums, which is a feature that was not available on the original Launchkey.
- The updated Launchkey also brings a greater degree of control over Ableton Live via inControl: previously the inControl knobs could only control devices, however on the newer Launchkey you can easily switch between controlling devices, pans as well as send A/B for each track in your session.
- The Device control function gives you control over all devices and device parameters in your Ableton Live track via inControl.
- The updated Launchkey is not currently supported for FL Studio, although currently it can be used as a basic midi controller. However, future plans have been made for further functionality support with Image Line.
- Although, due to the new features of the updated Launchkey requiring more power, it unfortunately can no longer be powered directly from an iPad. Not to worry as the updated Launchkey can be used with an iPad via a powered USB hub.
- Launchkey MK2 now has four different velocity key curves, including a fixed mode for organ players.
- If a track in Ableton Live uses multiple FX it is now possible to select these directly from Launchkey MK2.
- The eight knobs are now individually secured with a nut to prevent wobble and give an overall better feel.
By Ivan Silva