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The Novation LaunchKey 25 is a compact 25-note MIDI controller with 50 controls comprised of 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads, eight rotary knobs, and the traditional pitch bend and modulation wheels. The controller grants users instant control over their DAW’s mixer, effects, and instruments. Even more, the LaunchKey was specifically designed to work alongside two iPad apps: the LaunchPad and LaunchKey apps, as well as the V-Station plug-in.
The LaunchKey comes bundled with a software suite that is compatible with both iPad, Mac, and PC. The aforementioned apps can be used to trigger and create loops, and work extremely well with Ableton Live. Additionally, the controller’s 16 velocity-sensitive pads are great for playing drums, and triggering clips and scenes without slaving over a screen.
If all this wasn’t enough, LaunchKey includes Novation’s V-Station synth and Bass Station synth. The former is an analog-modeling synthesizer engine, while the latter is an analog mono-synth plug-in based on its 1994 hardware counterpart.