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Why do I need a Launchpad?

Launchpad Comparison

You need a controller if you want to play instruments in your DAW, and really feel what you're playing. A mouse if ok for making music but if you want to do multiple things at once you need a controller.

A grid's laid out like Ableton Live's clips and scenes. 

You can perform your Ableton session using loops and clips in real time, and easily see where everything is. You can play scenes - rows of clips or loops all at once, maybe for whole sections of a track, e.g. intros, drops etc.

Which one should I get?

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Launchpad Mini
Launchpad
Launchpad Pro
Logos
Launchpad Mini logo
Launchpad logo
Launchpad Pro logo
Overview

The three-quarter-sized pad that’s perfect as an introduction to Launchpad, as a studio upgrade, or for making music on the go.

The evolution of the original Launchpad. Full-size pads, with easy to use navigation buttons, and bright, fast multi-colour LEDs. The lightshow maker’s go-to!

The ultimate Launchpad, complete with automatic LED feedback, MIDI I/O and advanced control over software parameters.

What comes in the box
Includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station virtual instrument and 4GB of Loopmaster samples.
Includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station virtual instrument and 4GB of Loopmaster samples.
Includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station virtual instrument and 4GB of Loopmaster samples.
Pads
8x8 Grid (64 pads).
8x8 Grid (64 pads).
8x8 Grid (64 pads).
Pad size
¾ size
Full size
Full size
Scale mode
No
No
Yes
RGB
No
No
Yes – 64,000 colours
Velocity and Pressure Sensitivity
No
No
Yes
Dedicated Note and Drum Rack Modes
No
No
Yes
Play Instruments and Drums
Yes - No automatic LED feedback
Yes - No automatic LED feedback
Yes - Full automatic LED feedback and added expression from velocity and pressure sensitivity.
Scene Launch Buttons
8
8
8
Function buttons
8 (4 Navigation, Session, User 1, User 2 and Mixer)
8 (4 Navigation, Session, User 1, User 2 and Mixer)
24 (4 Navigation, Session, User, Device and Note. 8 workflow buttons. 8 quick access mixer buttons)
Standalone Mode
No
No
Yes
MIDI I/O
No
No
Yes
USB-MIDI
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mixer
Mix with the grid
Mix with the grid in RGB
Mix with the grid in RGB and velocity sensitive fades
Open-source Firmware
No
No
Yes. ‘Hackable’ open source firmware
Connections
Micro USB
Full size USB
Full size USB, MIDI Input Jack, MIDI Output Jack
Power
USB Bus-powered
USB Bus-powered
USB Bus-powered. PSU for standalone use.
Dimensions
185 x 185 x 16mm
(7.28 x 7.28 x 0.63”)
Weight: 420g
240 x 240 x 25mm
(9.45 x 9.45 x 0.98”)
Weight: 800g
260 x 260 x 29mm
(10.24 x 10.24 x 1.14”)
Weight: 1.22kg
Weight
420g
800g
1.22kg
Price
£84.99
£174.99
£259.99