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NAMM2013: Novation Launchkey Keyboard

Last month hardware manufacturer Novation dropped a surprising, and surprisingly free, app called Launchkey.

This week at NAMM, Novation have introduced a range of keyboards that share this name. Available in 25, 49, and 61 note variants, the Novation Launckey keyboards feature the usual knobs and faders, but also include 16 velocity-sensitive clip launch/drum pads.

They look real pretty too! Novation are perhaps best known from their Launchpad, an Ableton Live controller, which features similar multi-colored buttons. Along with the announcement of the keyboard we're now hearing about a Launchpad app that is in the works, and is being demoed at NAMM along with the keyboards.

The hardware keyboards even have a button for doing fast app-switching between the Launchkey and Launchpad apps.

The 49-key Launchkey will be available in February or March, and the others will follow in April.

  • Launchkey 25 - $149.99 Street / £99.99 inc.vat
  • Launchkey 49 - $199.99 Street / £139.99 inc.vat
  • Launchpad 61 - $249.99 Street / £159.99 inc.vat

Sonic State got a good look at both the keyboard and the upcoming Launchpad app!


a1 commented below to let me know about an update to the Launchkey app this morning, which adds a Virtual MIDI port.

What's new in 1.1:

Fully integrated control with the new Novation Launchkey Hardware! Control every aspect of the app from your hardware.

Added Virtual MIDI port for better integration with other music apps.

Removed MIDI Channel 10 from MIDI input channels (now reserved for control).

Fixed "Aperture" patch to remove resonance noise.

Updated graphics.

Buy Novation Launchkey on iTunes: Free (On Sale)

Reader Comments 4

launchkey updated just this morning to include a virtual midi port

January 25, 2013  | person_outline a1

shame about the aftertouch. Nice looking controllers otherwise.

January 25, 2013  | person_outline Will

" Novation are perhaps best known from their Launchpad, an Ableton Live controller,"

I once heard a rumor that they made synthesizers too....

January 25, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

Ha! Yea, the Novation Base Station line is particularly nice, but I think most people know the name now thanks to the Launchpad.

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