NovationLaunchkey 61 MK2 USB MIDI Controller


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Novation Launchkey 61 MK2

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.

Launchkey 61 MK2 Features

  • Designed for Ableton Live – All controls work immediately and can be freely reassigned
  • Full color RGB pads match the color of Ableton clips
  • All 16 pads are velocity-sensitive for creating dynamic drum beats
  • Tweak all instruments and effects using eight rock solid knobs
  • The 61-note velocity-sensitive synth-style keyboard is lightweight, fast and very easy to play.
  • Hands-On mixer control using nine full-sized faders
  • Compact and Rugged without the need for a power cable so it can be taken anywhere
  • Get automatic hands-on control of other DAWs using InControl
  • Plug-And-Play – Fully USB bus-powered and class compliant, so it works without drivers or a power cable
  • Make Music Immediately – Includes Ableton Live Lite 9, Novation Bass Station and V-Station virtual instruments and over 1 GB of Loopmasters samples

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7
  • iOS 8, iOS 7 - Camera Connection Kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter required (not included)

Included In The Box

  • Launchkey 61 MK2
  • Green USB cable
  • Getting Started guide
  • Live Lite registration card
  • Ableton Live Lite music making software
  • 1 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
  • Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesizer
  • V Station VST and AU plug-in synthesizer
Novation Launchkey 61 MK2 USB MIDI Controller Reviews