New York, NY (January 17, 2013)—Novation has introduced Launchkey, a hardware/software instrument combo based around a keyboard/DAW controller, Launchkey iPad performance synth app, and a variety of included software such as V-Station and Bass Station.
The Launchkey 25-, 49- or 61-note keyboard controller is a DAW control surface with more than 50 hardware controls (33 on the 25-note version). The 16 dual-color backlit launch pads are velocity-sensitive and can be used to play drums and trigger loops. They also launch clips and scenes in Ableton Live. In addition to the integrated instrument functionality, standard MIDI control is also provided, providing users with control of track volumes, panning, sends and other settings with Novation’s InControl software integration system.
The Launchkey synth app runs on iPad 2 or later and uses Novation synth engine technology with the touchscreen interface. Multiple synth parameters can be controlled at once to create effects, while keyboard knobs tie directly into synth controls. The Launchpad app uses the buttons to trigger loops and a range of performance effects, including stutter and synced filter effects.
Three Launchkey models are available, with 25-, 49- or 61-key velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboards. All feature 16 launch pads, two Launchpad control buttons and eight rotary controls. They also each have a 3-digit LED display, transport controls, pitch and mod wheels, sustain pedal input, transpose buttons, and more.