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Novation Launchkey 25

USB MIDI Controller

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Novation Launchkey 25
Novation Launchkey 25
150.00 street price

Launchkey 25 by Novation was released in 2013. The MIDI controller has 3 main features that are designed to win your attention: the introduction of popular pads on the surface of the instrument, a new InControl system for automatic display, and the control via special iPad applications.

The structure quality of the device is quite impressive. The top part is gray, while the base is orange. Launchkey 25 has 8 rotary encoders, 1 slider, 16 pads, modulation/pitch wheels, an input for the sustain pedal and a semi-weighted 25-note keyboard.

Launchkey 25 comes with a small part of the accompanying software and iPad applications. The Launchpad application is a virtual version of the controller, which delivers a grid of virtual pads with the ability to play loops and one-shots. Unfortunately, this application doesn’t allow you to import your own loops; anyway, it is an inspiring feature with a good number of loop collections.

The instrument interacts with PC/Mac via USB, or via the "Apple Camera Connection Kit" (when connected to iPad). The instrument keys are ideal for performance, and mod/pitch wheels, pads are touch sensitive and of high quality. Transport controls correspond to controls featured in any digital workstation (DAW) (playback, stop, recording, fast forward/backward, on/off loop).

The culmination of all basic functionality is the new InControl system. It displays all the key functions of the sequencer, with no need of customization. For example, it's enough to launch Ableton Live, and you can use the pads straight away to start "clips/scenes", as well as switch between instruments. The pads have bright multi-colored LEDs. They get colored when the InControl System is running, while in the basic mode they can be only red.

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Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Digital (D) 
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Number of Keys25
Pads Matrix
Pads Count16
Multicolor Pads 
Display type LED
Resolution: Symbols Count3
Built-in controllers
Assignable Wheel8
Pitch Bend Wheel 
Modulation Wheel 
Slider/ Drawbar9
External controllers
Sustain foot pedal 
Computer Interfaces
Power Supply External, USB
Height89 mm
Width939 mm
Depth254 mm
Production start2013

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