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The Novation LaunchKey 61 MK2 is a 61-note USB MIDI controller specifically designed to work with Ableton Live. It features 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, navigation and control buttons, 8 knobs, and software that functions with both Macs and PCs. The controller affords instant control over Ableton Live’s parameters, but can be configured to work with any DAW using InControl; simply connect a USB cable and it’s ready to go.
When used alongside Ableton, the LaunchKey can launch clips, manipulate FX, and create percussive passages. Additionally, the unit’s pads are arranged in two rows of eight, meaning they correspond perfectly to Ableton Live’s session view, with one row launching clips and the other deactivating them. For even more convenience, the LaunchKey’s pads can be color coded in accordance to match that of the corresponding Ableton Live clips. Combine this with the velocity sensitive pads and it’s easy to see why this is one of the most versatile and expressive Ableton controllers on the market.
If all this wasn’t enough, LaunchKey includes Novation’s V-Station synth and Bass Station synth. The former is an analog-modeling synthesizer engine, while the latter is an analog mono-synth plug-in based on its 1994 hardware counterpart.
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