Essential keyboard controller with everything you need to make music, collaborate and jam in Ableton Live
Launchkey is our easy-to-use MIDI keyboard controller. It’s pretty much the quickest and easiest way to produce and perform electronic music, especially in Ableton Live – because we designed it specifically for the purpose. You just plug in via USB and the keys, faders, knobs and pads immediately spring into life, giving you hands-on control of your grid, instruments, effects and mixer.
Of course, if you don’t use Ableton, it’ll automatically map to other major music software too
Everything You Need
All Launchkey controllers come with Loopmasters sounds, Bass Station and V-Station synths from Novation, and your choice of one of Addictive Keys’ pro-grade virtual keyboard instruments. Free lessons from Melodics help you hone your pad drumming and keyboard skills to make you a better player. In addition to Ableton Live Lite 9, this bundle of software gives you loads of inspiration for making new music and jamming out live with your gear.
Play with Feeling
The heart of any MIDI keyboard controller is the keyboard itself. The Launchkey synth-style keyboard is lightweight, fast and very easy to play, but also velocity-sensitive so you can create truly expressive performances. You can choose between 25, 49 and 61-note versions, depending on whether you want portability or practicality.
Take Control of Ableton Live
The less time you spend messing with your mouse, the more time you have for making music. If you want immediate hands-on control of your session grid, instruments and effects, you should use a MIDI keyboard controller that integrates immediately and automatically with Ableton Live. Like this one! That’s what it’s designed for.
Find out more about why Launchkey is the perfect keyboard controller for Ableton Live: click here.
Although designed with Ableton Live in mind, Launchkey also works with any HUI-compatible DAW. The premium quality synth-action keyboard and RGB backlit pads make playing virtual synths, samplers and drum machines a dream, while the rock-solid sliders, knobs and buttons enable tactile mixer control, automatically configured via InControl.
Easily Make Beats and Trigger Loops
Sixteen RGB pads provide clip colour-matched feedback to enhance your workflow, letting you create and launch clips, trigger samples, control FX and loads more; all whilst playing your keys. They’re also velocity-sensitive, so you can really put some feeling into your beats.
Tweak and Mix Your Tracks
Launchkey is designed to let you shape your sound however you like. The eight rotary knobs are rock solid, designed to give you confidence when tweaking your instruments and effects. The 49 and 61-note versions give you hands-on control of your mixer too, with nine dedicated faders. However many controls you opt for, they will all integrate seamlessly and immediately with Ableton Live, and can be reassigned to anything.
Control All Major Music Software
Your choice of music software is crucial to your creativity. Although we designed Launchkey for Ableton Live, its pads, buttons, faders and knobs take control of all other major music software too using InControl.
"Launchkey 25 packs loads of features into a compact size, and the Launchpad is my main session controller. Both are perfect for life on the road."
Keith Harris, Producer - will.i.am
Launchkey is fully USB bus-powered and class compliant, so it works straight away without power supplies or drivers on Mac or PC. It also comes with everything you need to start making electronic music. You can find out how by clicking here.
Helping you find your new sound
Music making is all about the journey, and we’re always looking for new ways to inspire you along the way. That’s why we’ve created the Sound Collective. Receive free versions of the most innovative software instruments and creative FX from developers we admire, as well as discounts to help you make the most of third-party software, exclusive to Novation customers. All you have to do is register your Novation gear, and one offer will be featured in your Novation account every couple of months.
The Addictive Keys virtual instrument from XLN Audio is on the house when you register your controller keyboard or the Launchpad Pro. One full license per account is available for existing and new customers.
Now expanded from 1GB to a whopping 4GB, the Loopmasters sample library included with every Novation Product is packed with professional quality, royalty-free loops and one-shots.
Encompassing all contemporary genres – from blues, funk and hip-hop to bass, techno and all flavours of house – and taking in a huge range of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, it’s everything you need to start making music today!
Play with Feeling
25, 49 or 61 synth-style, velocity-sensitive keys for easily creating performances with feeling.
Designed for Ableton Live
Integrate immediately Ableton Live to quickly and easily produce and perform music.
Make Beats in Glorious RGB Colour
16 RGB velocity-sensitive pads for both colour-matched feedback when launching clips and creating expressive drum beats.
Tweak and Mix your Tracks
Nine faders (49 and 61-note versions) and eight knobs for easy control over mixer, instruments and effects.
Control All Major Software
Get automatic hands-on control of other music software using InControl.
Plug In and Play
USB bus-powered and totally class-compliant, so it works straight away without any drivers on Mac or PC.
Make Music Immediately
Comes with everything you need to start performing your music.
Learn with Melodics
Free keys and pad drumming lessons with Melodics makes you get the most out of your controller straight out of the box.
“Possibly the best controller keyboard in its price bracket” // “a solid and dependable 25-note controller keyboard”
Ableton Live Expert
“it just gets down to business, and especially for live performance, that is a good thing”
Pro Tools Expert
“If you are looking for a new MIDI controller and want a lot of bang for your buck then check out the Novation Launchkey 25, 49, or 61 they represent outstanding value for money.”
“...the Novation Launchkey 49 is our pick for best 49 key MIDI keyboard controller.”
Product Hardware Specifications
- 25, 49 or 61 note velocity sensitive synth style keyboard
- 16 full-colour RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
- 8 knobs
- 9 sliders (49 & 61 note) 1 slider (25 note)
- 6 dedicated transport controls
- Pitch bend and modulation wheels
- 2 octave / transpose buttons
- 7 segment 3 character LED display
- 2 Track / MIDI Channel buttons
- 8 mute / solo buttons plus toggle button (49 & 61 note)
- 3 InControl buttons (49 & 61 note) 2 InControl buttons (25 note)
- 2 full-colour RGB backlit round buttons
- USB socket
- DC power socket
- Sustain pedal 1/4” jack socket
- Kensington security slot
- Ableton Live Lite 9 — Powerful composition and live performance software
- Novation Bass Station software synth — virtual version of Novation’s classic bass synth.
- Novation V-Station software synth — powerful virtual polysynth with tons of great presets.
- Addictive Keys — choose one model from the pro-grade XLN Audio lineup.
- Loopmasters Loops and Samples — 4GB of content spanning multiple genres.
- Free keyboard lessons from Melodics.
If you already have Ableton Live it must be version 9 or greater to work with Launchkey. We recommend that you update to the latest version as previous versions of Ableton Live do not include the Launchkey integration for InControl. Launchkey will also work as a standard MIDI controller.
- Fully USB bus powered on Mac or PC.
- Camera connection kit or USB camera adapter required for use with iOS devices (not included). Power supply must also be used (not included).
- Maximum power consumption 9V DC 250mA
Power supply not included
- Launchkey 25: 450mm length x 270mm depth x 90mm height
- Launchkey 49: 775mm length x 270mm depth x 90mm height
- Launchkey 61: 940mm length x 270mm depth x 90mm height
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