NAMM 2013 - Novation Launchkey Series

Novation's introduces the new Launchkey Series of keyboard controllers, their centerpiece at the coming 2013 NAMM Show.

Novation Launchkey Series

The Launchkey series comes in 3 different sizes - 25, 49 and 61 note keyboard controllers with up to 50 physical controls that include 16 velocity sensitive multi-color trigger pads that will let you launch scenes in Ableton Live and give you hands-on control over your DAW.

Aside from letting you control your virtual instruments, mixers and other music production software, the Launchkey series keyboards give you real instrument feel and control.

You can use it to easily syncs with your favorite app or software, or you can utilize the two Novation iPad apps that work seamlessly with this hardware. The control surface is designed to work tightly alongside the Launckey and the Launchpad iPad apps, and it also works well with the powerful V-Station & Bass Station synth plug-ins for Mac and Windows.

All the Launchkey models are meant to be great controllers for all major music software, giving you hands-on control of your mixer, transport and more in Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Logic and Cubase. You are provided with a huge array of controls, to give you the freedom to get the sound in your head, heard. Controls include nine faders, nine buttons, eight rotary knobs and transport controls, this keyboard controller offers a wide array of control options.

The defining feature of the Launchkey series is its 16 velocity-sensitive multi-color launch pads. This turns the keyboard controller into a full pledged electronic music machine, letting you play dynamic drums and trigger loops all within the keyboard interface.

Novation designed the Launchkey series to have the same velocity sensitive synth style mechanism as the popular keyboards of today. The velocity-sensitive synth-style keyboard mechanism is accompanied by pitch and mod wheels and octave, track up/down buttons. It recreates the feel of classic synth keyboards, and reproduces the nuances of your playing styles, resulting in a more personal and unique live sound.

If the hardware features are not enough, you should know know that each Launchkey controller ships with great and useful software. It comes with Ableton Live Lite, Novation's V-Station and Bass Station instruments and a pack of Loopmasters samples. Finally, although they integrate really quickly with Ableton, these new controllers are capable of easily mapping with other major music applications.

The midsized Launchkey 49, is expected to come out this March with a price tag of $249.99. The Launchkey 25 and Launchkey 61 will come a bit later bearing a tag price of $149.99 and$249.99 respectively. You can visit Novation Music for more information.

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