Made to Create.
Launchkey is our intuitive and fully integrated MIDI keyboard controller for making tracks in Ableton Live and with your external equipment. The Launchkey experience is designed for players of all types and abilities. With Launchkey, regardless of experience, you can create and play your music like never before. With its various musical creation features, all of which can be used standalone, Launchkey removes barriers to creativity, and expands the musical vocabulary of even the most talented keyboardists.
Designed for Ableton Live – Immediate access to all the controls you need.
Create and play with feeling – Velocity-sensitive keyboard and 16 velocity-sensitive pads enable expressive and dynamic performance.
Get creative with chords – Three chord modes (fixed, scale and user) let you trigger chords with one finger.
Never hit a wrong note – Scale modes transpose keys and pads to notes in the selected scale.
Capture MIDI – One-touch access to Ableton Live’s Capture MIDI feature means you’ll never lose an idea.
Get melodies moving – Powerful arpeggiator takes you to new melodic, harmonic and rhythmic places.
Control anything MIDI – Five-pin MIDI output works with any MIDI-compatible device.
Easy-to-read screen – 16x2 character screen lets you easily see the state of what you’re controlling or selecting.
Choose from four model sizes – 25-, 37-, 49- and 61-key variants let you pick the perfect controller for your setup.
Make music immediately – Free software, including Ableton Live 10 Lite, virtual instruments, plugins and sample packs let you start creating straight away.
Shape your sound – Tweak instruments and effects to perfection using eight rotary encoders and (on 49- and 61-key models) nine 45mm faders.
Make Launchkey your own – Four Custom Modes enable you to create unique control setups for any performance or studio rig, using Novation Components.
Eight Scale modes guide you into new musical territory, by transposing keys played to notes in the scale selected. Simply choose your root note and your preferred scale, then play. Three Chord modes transform the keys and pads into an interactive surface of musical exploration, where every note played is tonally and harmonically linked. The arpeggiator lets you explore new melodies and find ideas quickly, while the mutate function reconstructs your patterns into exciting new forms.
Custom Modes simplify the relationship between controller and software, with more power than ever in your hands. Programmable using the Novation Components browser-based tool, Custom Modes let you design the behaviour of your Launchkey, with control over control assignments, MIDI routing, pad colour and much more.
Launchkey 49 [MK3] is equipped with a full-size five-pin MIDI DIN output, enabling simple connection to the universe of MIDI devices - new and old. Coupled with its immense standalone potential, Launchkey is now the centrepiece to your live or studio rig - computer or not.
The Launchkey platform has always been about flexibility, and the MK3 revision carries this mantra at its core. Larger, improved velocity-sensitive pads provide greater control over dynamics, and eight fixed rotary knobs bring your software to life at your fingertips. The integration with Ableton Live is truly seamless, with a dedicated button for activating the Capture MIDI function, plus track arm, quantise, click and loop controls, for flying around your Session faster than ever.
Not an Ableton Live user? No problem, Launchkey also has full integration with Logic and Reason, plus out of the box functionality with other DAWs including Studio One, Cubase and Pro Tools, via HUI.
Whether starting out or locked in a groove, Launchkey is the controller keyboard to take you further on your musical journey. With a collection of software instruments, including Ableton Live 10 Lite, Serato Sample LE, Spitfire Audio LABS Expressive Strings, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Klevgrand R0Verb and DAW Cassette, AAS Session Bundle, a two-month Splice Sounds membership and the Novation Sound Collective, Launchkey 49 equips you with an amazing bundle of sounds.
Ableton Live Lite – Quickly organise and arrange your sounds and start making tracks with this staple electronic-music-making software.
Serato Sample LE – Slice, rearrange and manipulate samples in real time using Serato's legendary Pitch 'n' Time time-stretching/pitch-shifting algorithm.
Two months Splice Sounds membership – Offering millions of high-quality, royalty-free one-shots, loops, and presets, with new releases daily
Spitfire Audio LABS-Expressive Strings – Made exclusively for Launchkey MK3 owners, Spitfire Audio have taken their world-class strings samples and created an instantly playable, highly reactive instrument, designed to spark your creativity.
XLN Addictive Keys – Access one of four virtual keyboards when you register your first piece of Novation or Focusrite hardware.
Klevgrand R0Verb and DAW Cassette – High quality reverb and tape deck emulation plug-ins, to add some space or take your sound back to the golden age of cassette tapes.
AAS Session Bundle – Three synths for music makers, providing staple sounds for your tracks.
Sound Collective – Bringing Novation hardware owners a new free plug-in every couple of months.
Product Hardware Specifications
49 velocity sensitive keys
16x2 char screen
16 RGB backlit velocity sensitive pads
Pitch bend and modulation wheels
5 pin MIDI out socket
Arp/scale/fixed chord buttons
Octave up/down buttons
Track navigation buttons
Capture MIDI/quantise/click/undo buttons
Scene launch button
Device select/device lock buttons
USB B socket
Sustain pedal 1/4” jack socket
Kensington security slot
USB bus powered
Power supply not included