By PSW Staff • January 19, 2010 The new Novation Launchpad (larger image below) At the 2010 Winter NAMM show, Novation released the Launchpad, a hands-on, interactive controller for Ableton Live. Launchpad is a compact controller designed to provide the most interactive experience possible in Ableton Live. It communicates bi-directionally with the software to give users real-time session feedback. Launchpad has been jointly designed by Novation and Ableton to bring the features of Live to the fingertips of the modern musician. The 8 x 8 grid of backlit buttons addresses a multitude of functions, with the help of mode selectors that transport the user around the Live interface. Flip from launching clips to tweaking mixer settings in a stroke. Launch your song into a heavy build-up, then switch to a synth or a drum machine for an impromptu solo at the touch of a button. It’s all possible on Launchpad, and all without touching the mouse or keyboard. The device itself is bus-powered from a single USB connection, and has a ten-inch square desktop footprint. Rubber feet ensure Launchpad stays secure on the surface on which it’s placed, and an optional padded neoprene travel sleeve is available. It ships with a USB cable, plus a DVD ROM with Mac and PC installers for a special ‘Launchpad Version’ of Ableton Live 8, as well as 1GB of sample content from Loopmasters and Mike The Drummer. It also comes Automap enabled. Key features: • Launch Clips and Scenes Launchpad’s raison d’être: launch, pause and flip between clips at the touch of a button. Each clip has its own button, with a multi-color, variable-brightness LED to display its status: an amber button tells the user that a clip is loaded, green means it’s playing, and red means it’s recording. • Dedicated Ableton Live Modes Dedicated buttons provide shortcuts to the different areas of Ableton’s control window, including the Session View, the Mixer and the Instrument racks. • Session Overview A feature that allows the user to jump around eight-channel sections of the Live session, allowing for easy navigation of larger configurations. • Max for Live control Launchpad is the ideal controller for Max for Live, the extension of Ableton’s software that “puts the power of Cycling 74’s Max/MSP inside Live”. • Launchpads work seamlessly in a team Up to six Launchpads can work together on the same system. What’s more, a Launchpad will provide additional functionality alongside any other MIDI controller, such as one from Novation’s SL MkII series. Use a Zero SL MkII to control the mix, with a Launchpad to trigger clips. • Works with any DAW software Although it’s designed for the ultimate control of Ableton Live, Launchpad can be used to control any music application, as a standard MIDI controller. Launchpad is now shipping and widely available, at a U.S. MAP price of $199. It is distributed in the U.S. by American Music and Sound. Novation Website American Music and Sound Website Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tagged with: Ableton Controllers Novation · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound. Subscribe Today!