The Novation Launchkey range have been one of our best sellers for a few years now as they offer high quality keyboards and a comprehensive range of control options, all packaged in sleek, easy to use, lightweight designs.
Although we’re looking at the 61 note version here, it’s also available in either 25 or 49 note models, in case you’re looking for something a little more compact and portable, but all of them features the same great feeling, full size, velocity sensitive keys and 16 responsive velocity sensitive drum pads, which are multi colour and backlit, so they can easily be seen on a dark stage.
There’s a large range of assignable controller options, without things getting too overwhelming, and these including 8 knobs and 9 sliders, or one 1 slider if you buy the 25 note model, and although they can be assigned to almost any MIDI parameter, straight out of the box these controls are designed to integrate perfectly with Ableton Live, and the keyboard itself comes bundled with a copy of Ableton Live Lite.
Other controls include a pair of very smooth feeling pitch bend and modulation wheels, DAW transport controls, octave shift buttons and there’s also a handy 3 character LED display so you can see patch numbers and parameters at a glance.
On the rear of the keyboard there’s a sustain pedal input and a USB socket to connect to your computer or device, and the keyboard can either be powered via the USB, or with an optional 9v power supply, which you’ll need to use if you want to connect the keyboard to something like an iPad.
So if you’re looking for a great quality, versatile MIDI keyboard with plenty of control options without getting too expensive, it’s definitely worth checking out the Novation Launchkey range…