Novation: Launchkey MK2 Mark II 49 Key Controller Keyboard

Publisher: Focusrite

Essential keyboard controller for producing electronic music in Ableton Live

Launchkey is an 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 Novation 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.

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.

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 Novation designed Launchkey for Ableton Live, its pads, buttons, faders and knobs take control of all other major music software too using InControl.

Start Immediately

Launchkey is fully USB bus-powered and class compliant, so it works straight away without power supplies or drivers on Mac or PC.

Technical Specifications:

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

Software Compatibility:

Ableton Live Lite 9 is included.
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.

Power Requirements:

USB bus powered on Mac or PC. Power supply and camera connection kit or USB camera adapter required for use with iOS devices (not included).
Maximum power consumption 9V DC 250mA
Power supply not included.

Product Dimensions:

775mm length x 270mm depth x 90mm height

Published on: 08 June 2015
Catalogue No: NOVLKE49MK2