Novation MK2 Launchpad Mini Compact USB Grid Controller for Ableton Live

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Novation MK2 Launchpad Mini Compact USB Grid Controller for Ableton Live

Novation MK2 Launchpad Mini Compact USB Grid Controller for Ableton Live

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The latest version of Ableton Live Lite – quickly organise and arrange your sounds and start making tracks with this staple electronic-music-making software. The Launchpad Mini Mk3 is now fully compatible with Live Loops, the cell-based looping playback and performance feature, thanks to Apple releasing Logic Pro version 10. Trigger samples and effects, play on the piano roll and much more – it’s a brand new way to play FL Studio.

Two rows of eight knobs each is a fairly generous provision on a device this size, especially since they are big, chunky and feel pretty solid. Out of the box it’s surprisingly compact (a few mm smaller than the Mk2) and visually at least looks like a scaled-down Launchpad X. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. The Novation Launchpad Mini MK2 is Novation's most compact and affordable Launchpad grid instrument for Ableton Live. All three are finished in a fetching grey-and-orange livery, and as you'd expect, all are USB-connected, bus-powered and MIDI class compliant.

The Launchpad Mini also has the same boot-up key combinations for setting things like display brightness: if you're not powering itfrom an iPad, it looks much better at full intensity. Please note that you will need to install and authorise Ableton Live Lite first and then install and authorise the upgrade software to the full version.

While the precise area of a Launchpad's influence is indicated clearly on screen, the 'position' of the Launch Control is less clear: the current scene is indicated, but the device's horizontal position (ie. The Launchpad and Launch Control line up nicely, and Live is happy to co-operate with both devices at once. The Getting Started Guide in the box does its best to get you to go through a rather tortuous registration process to access any downloads, and while this is necessary for licensing the bundled applications, pretty much all of the documentation and support software can be found directly in the 'support' section of the site. In this review I'm going to concentrate on compatibility with Ableton Live, since many of the controllers' features are aimed at Live, and all three come with a licence for the entry-level (but very capable) Ableton Live Lite.The Launchpad Mini is seriously lightweight and compact – making it the perfect portable MIDI grid controller, no matter where you are! The two rows of eight pads send notes with hard-wired pitches on MIDI channel 10 (the General MIDI standard); if you want to transpose these, perhaps to access different sets of drum sounds, you'll have to do it in software.

RGB pads lead to a whole host of powerful new creative options, resulting in an extremely versatile piece of kit - just check the vid featuring our man KiNK below!

The Launch Control suffers from the usual controller-pickup issues when altering multiple sets of mixer or device parameters. This was more than sufficient to get everything working, although further documentation is available from Novation's web site. Our most compact and portable grid controller gives you everything you need to start performing – and it'll fit in your bag.

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