Step 6: Get To Know Your Launchpad

Launchpad comes in three different flavours: Launchpad Mini, Launchpad MK2 and Launchpad Pro. Once you've decided which is best for you, you're going to want to get started quickly.

Making music with Ableton Live, performing tracks on Launch Arcade and creating lightshows with a Launchpad is super simple. Once you've learned the basics, all you need is some creativity and you can get great results very quickly.

Here, we give you some starting ideas for using and making the most your Launchpad. Share these ideas with your friends, experiment with unusual concepts, and become part of the Launchpad phenomenon.

Meet The Launchpads

Welcome to the Launchpad family.

Launchpad With Ableton Live: Super Simple Setup

It’s really easy to set up your Launchpad. Check it out here.

The Launchpad Methodology

The first thing you need to learn is clip-launching — the straightforward action at the heart of nearly every Launchpad performance. Check it out here.

Playing Expressively With Launchpad Pro

Launchpad Pro has advanced features that let you play more dynamically and expressively. Velocity-sensitive pads and polyphonic aftertouch help to make your performances come alive. Here’s a sneak peek.

Launchpad: Just Add Creativity

Launchpad is the ultimate blank canvas for creative music making. Want to build a drum pad out of found sounds? Go for it.

Control Classic Synths

Not many pad controllers let you plug directly into classic hardware synths. Launchpad Pro does, and with it’s MIDI output and Scale Mode, it can unlock your hardware’s hidden potential.

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