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Launchkey49 is a Midi keyboard controller by Novation. It is designed for producing electronic music using Ableton Live. However, it’s also possible to produce other music genres using other DAWs in the market. Launchkey series has two more models: Launchkey25 and 61.

It is a class-compliant product. When connecting Launchkey49 to a computer running Ableton Live, it is automatically mapped to most used features, such as clip launch, sample trigger, FX control and more. Launchkey49 buttons, faders and knobs also can be fully assignable.

Lauchkey49 has 49 synth-action velocity-sensitive keys. There are Octave Up/Down buttons, Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels at the left.

The top panel has a 3-digit LED display, which shows the value of the Midi parameter of the current control. Below it left/right buttons to change tracks in the music software.

Next, there are nine sliders and nine buttons to control parameters like levels, track select, mute, and solo track.

The unit comes with eight rotary knobs that will typically control pan but it can also be mapped to receive other Midi CC events. Below it, there are sixteen velocity-sensitive full-colored pads.

The pads can trigger sounds, clips and loops, as well as any other assignable parameter.

The rear panel has the USB port for both power and data. It is compatible with USB 1.1, 2.0 or 3.0. There’s a sustain input to connect a sustain pedal and a Power In jack to connect a 9V DC power adapter (not included).

It’s possible to connect Launchkey to an iPad via Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit or Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (not included). In this case, the external power adapter must be used.


– 49 velocity-sensitive, synth style keys (25 and 61 notes also available);

– 16 full-color RGB backlit velocity-sensitive pads;

– 8 assignable knobs;

– 9 assignable sliders (49 and 61 note);

– Transport control buttons;

– Pitch bend and modulation wheels;

– Octave up/down buttons;

– 8 assignable buttons;

– USB port;

– Sustain pedal input;

– Ableton Live Lite 9 included.

Visit Novation website: www.novationmusic.com

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