Posted on January 21st, by Graeme in News.

Novation’s new Launchkey is a hardware/software instrument based around a 25, 49 or 61-note keyboard controller with 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour “launch pads”. Launchkey features the Launchkey app (an iPad performance synth) as well as a Launchpad app that provides drag-and-drop loop playback from the pads and realtime effects including stutter and filter effects. It also ships with a suite of software for Mac and PC including Novation’s V-Station and Bass Station soft-synth plug-ins and Ableton Live Lite. Launchkey’s 16 launch pads will also trigger clips and scenes in Ableton Live. Launchkey is a fully featured DAW control surface with over 50 hardware controls (33 on the 25-note version). The result is more than a USB controller keyboard; it’s an integrated instrument, too. Standard MIDI control is also provided, making it suitable for any digital audio workstation, giving you control of track volumes, panning, sends and other settings with Novation’s InControl software integration system. All models feature the 16 pads, two Launchpad control buttons and eight rotary controls. They also all have a 3-digit LED display, transport controls, pitch and mod wheels, sustain pedal input, transpose buttons, and more. The main difference is the 25-key Launchkey includes a single assignable fader, while the 49- and 61-key versions feature nine, with a backlit mode button and eight mute/solo buttons. The Launchkey 49 should be available at the end of February, the 25 & 61 key models will arrive April. RRP will be $249.99, $299.99 and $359.99 for the 25, 49 and 61 key models respectively. More info at