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Novation LaunchKey for iPad

Novation, manufacturer of the Launchpad and Ultranova hardware synthesizer, have released a synthesizer for iPad!

iTunes Description:

Novation Launchkey is a powerful and unique analogue modelling synthesiser for iPad 2 and above.

Launchkey gives you 60 exciting patches (synth sounds) which you can use straight away to perform or produce music. You can change the sound of each patch with 8 virtual control knobs which each alter a particular element of the patch. This means that you can instantly tweak the sound to get the tone you want.

Launchkey also has a performance area which is an alternative way to bend and warp the sound coming from the synth engine. This consists of a number of 'nodes' and a 'control point'. Grab the control point and move it between the nodes to influence the sound. This results in a fast and super-intuitive way to morph your sound in real time.

Buy Novation Launchkey on iTunes: Free (On Sale, Intro Price)

I've been playing with it a bunch this morning. It is a fun take on "performance" synths, and uses the iPad interface well. Dragging around all the on screen circle-things can make for some very nice morphs. Documentation on Novation's site is limited, and there are no videos for it yet. I can't figure out how to assign what the circle-things are controlling, and it seems like the presets are hiding that from you. This can be annoying because some of the presets have way too much resonance, but none of the knobs will let you change it when resonance is not assigned to a circle-thing... which you also can't assign!

It is fun, sounds quite good for the most part, and is also free for a limited time!

Reader Comments 10

They put the core midi and background audio settings in iOSs settings app, for anyone wondering. Btw, in the second screen there is a save preset button but I can't figure out how to get to that, not that there is much to save at the moment but stil..

December 14, 2012  | person_outline ChrisG

Its color coded. Look at the circles and their colors and then onto the performance knobs. It seems there are different nodes controlling the same parameters but probably there is some sort of gravitiy setting in the background. I love it, only downer is that as of now there is no way to set the tempo for the ARP and the FX's like delays. I am sure that will follow :)

December 14, 2012  | person_outline OliverImseng

Any AudioCopy?

December 14, 2012  | person_outline Mike Grant


Nope. Not much in terms of features like recording, ACP etc.

I noticed they removed the screenshot with the "save preset", so I'm guessing a lot more is coming.

December 14, 2012  | person_outline ChrisG

Well, it's free so it seems churlish to complain about that at this point!

I wonder if devs will start dumping AudioCopy in favour of Audiobus. Is the former a lot of work to implement right now, as the latter seems to be pretty easy because of a really good SDK.

December 14, 2012  | person_outline Mike Grant

Audiocopy allows you to render a 2 min track in a few seconds and paste it into another app/daw so the two are completely different things really, but preferably both should be available in an ideal world. :)

December 14, 2012  | person_outline ChrisG

I agree- as revoltionary as Audiobus is, I'd hate to see audio copy fall by the wayside...

December 14, 2012  | person_outline Zymos

oh man, I really like the sound engine here, and I'm only listening on tinny ipad speaker. I sure hope we get full patch editing ability and some audio export. I think it's a great move to release a slightly under-featured product free, get feedback for improvement then raise the price when you've got it right. a stark contrast to some other recent products!

December 14, 2012  | person_outline RMG

Awesome! I've been wondering if Novation was ever gonna get in on the Mobile game. Having killed off half my iPad's battery obsessing over this thing, I gotta say, I'm glad they did. Oddly enough, I think I enjoy the fact that there is next to no documentation support for this. It makes every element a mystery to try to solve, and it's unexpectedly satisfying to figure out what moving those hypnotic swirly . . . Things does. Can't wait to see where this app goes (Audiobus? Patch saving? A, eerm, manual?)

Welcome to the field, Novation. Let's rock.

December 15, 2012  | person_outline cXeGG

love it but how do you slow down the bpm???

December 16, 2012  | person_outline thomas666

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