Novation Launchkey 49 Keyboard Controller

49-note USB/iOS MIDI Keyboard Controller with Synth-weighted Keys, 9 Faders/buttons, 8 Encoders, 16 Pads, Dedicated Transport Controls, and Bundled Software - Mac/PC/iOS
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The 49-key Controller for Ableton

The Novation Launchkey 49 is your quick and easy solution for producing and performing electronic music using Ableton Live. But even if you use another DAW, you'll appreciate the Launchkey's ergonomic layout and just-right feel. Simply plug it into your computer's USB port and the keys, faders, knobs, and velocity-sensitive RGB pads give you complete hands-on control of Ableton's session view, instruments, effects, and mixer. Launch your clips, control your effects, play beats, and more with the Launchkey's 16 pads. They're fitted with full-color RGB LEDs, so they'll precisely match the color of your clips, and their velocity sensitivity means you can pack your beats with expression. The Novation Launchkey 49. Don't launch your DAW without it.

Novation Launchkey 49 at a Glance:
  • Sculpt your sound to perfection
  • Designed for Ableton, works with any DAW
  • Your ideal gigging controller
  • Free XLN Addictive Keys instrument with registration
Sculpt your sound to perfection

Novation's Launchkey 49 lets you sculpt your sound to perfection. Use the Launchkey's eight rock-solid rotary knobs to tweak your instruments and effects, and the nine dedicated faders for hands-on control over your mixer. You'll find the 49-note synth-weighted keybed delightful to play. Of course, it's velocity-sensitive so you can perform your parts expressively.

Designed for Ableton, works with any DAW

Many Sweetwater musicians use Abelton and love the streamlined workflow they get from Novation's Launchkey controllers. That's because Novation designed the Launchkey's controls to integrate immediately and seamlessly with Ableton Live. All the controls are completely assignable, however. And if you do use another major DAW, the Launchkey 49 will instantly map to it via Novation's InControl protocol.

Your ideal gigging controller

The Launchkey 49 is roadworthy enough for you to use anywhere. It's ready-to-rock the second you plug it into your laptop. And you don't need drivers or power cables because it's USB bus-powered and class-compliant. Out of the box, Launchkey comes with everything you need make music, including Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station and V-Station, and a killer 4GB library of session-ready samples from Loopmasters.

Free XLN Addictive Keys instrument with registration!

Your Novation Launchkey 49 also includes your choice of XLN's world-class Addictive Keys virtual instruments. Choose from the following:

  • Modern Upright - A tight, defined Yamaha U3 upright
  • Studio Grand - A remarkably rich Steinway Model D grand
  • Electric Grand - The pop-rock classic Yamaha CP-80 at your fingertips
  • Mark One - A sublime Fender Rhodes through a vintage tube amp

This offer is open to both new and existing customers. To redeem your Addictive Keys license, log in to your Novation account and register your product. You'll find your instrument options under your My Account page.

Novation Launchkey 49 Features:
  • 49-note velocity-sensitive synth-style keyboard
  • 16 full-color RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
  • Eight knobs
  • Nine sliders
  • Six dedicated transport controls
  • Pitch-bend and modulation wheels
  • Two Octave/Transpose buttons
  • 7-segment 3-character LED display
  • Two Track/MIDI Channel buttons
  • Eight Mute/Solo buttons plus toggle button
  • Three InControl buttons
  • Two full-color RGB backlit round buttons
  • USB socket
  • DC power socket
  • Sustain pedal 1/4" jack socket
  • Kensington security slot
  • Included software:
    • Ableton Live Lite 9 (version 9 required for InControl)
    • Novation Bass Station and V-Station
    • 4GB library of session-ready samples from Loopmasters
    • Your choice of XLN Addictive Keys instrument (VST/AU/AAX) with product registration
  • Class compliant and USB bus-powered on Mac or PC
  • iOS 8, iOS 7 Compatible - Camera Connection Kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter required (not included)
Prepare for Launch, with the Novation Launchkey 49!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Velocity-sensitive
Pads 16 x RGB
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Encoders/Pots 8
Faders 9 x 45mm
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain
USB 1 x Type B
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9-10.10
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7, 8
Power Supply Bus Powered
Height 3.54"
Width 30.51"
Depth 10.63"
Manufacturer Part Number AMS-LAUNCHKEY-49-MK2

Customer Reviews

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Always impressed with Sweetwater, and Love this controller!

I have been working with Mark Stein for a number of years for my various needs, and he is always superb. And if there is an issue of any kind with my order, he is right on it. And unless I were buying anything used, I'd be hard pressed to shop anywhere else for gear. Mark got me set up with the Launchkey and the correct power adaptor to work with applications on my iPad, and though I've only had it for a day, I'm already throughly impressed. There will be a learning curve since I'm not used to MIDI controllers, but I have to say, just straight out of the box, many of its functions I learned within a couple hours. It appears to be well made; the keys aren't the greatest in the world, but they're good enough for my needs. The pads are solid, and have a nice velocity sensitive curve. And while MIDI connections with my workstation keyboard did not control all my apps, the Launchkey does. Going from working the iPad with the touchscreen to this, for most of my functions, is a real treat. I would absolutely buy it again...and I will continue to shop Sweetwater. Mark and Sweetwater always keep it sweet for me.
Music background: Hobbyist

Top in class

The Novation Launchkey 49 competes in the crowded mid price midi controller market segment with the Nektar Impulse, Novations upmarket Impulse and a number of M-audio and Akai boards. I spent a fair amount of time researching this purchase and I believe the Launchkey is the best product in this market segment.Pros: -Compact minimal design avoids the "plasticy" visual bloat of other boards -Highly playable synth key action, with no "clacky" key noise or spring "groan". -Pressure sensitive pads with an playable slightly rubbery feel -Sliders and knobs have a nice resistance and lack the cheap feel of other controllers -Daw automation or "inControl" offers very good interaction with Reason and Live and other dawsCons: -Rotary and slider contols daw integration do not "soft update" like Nektar - InControl does not natively support Reason RE's, but programming templates are providedI bought this at Sweetwater because I like the company's philosophy and dedication to assisting customers. The pricing was the lowest I researched and the shipping was free. I would definately recommend this purchase. Finally, thanks to sales engineer Alex for helping me with product questions.

Fine controler

Nice keybord, works great with Ableton

A MIDI Keyboard You Won't Regret

Works as expected. Rock solid feel. I produce in Ableton and the process to sync this keyboard is effortless.

Happy Grandson

This was a birthday present for my grandson on his 16th birthday. He gave every indication of being very pleased with the item upon opening the box and every day since, when using it as part of his music system.
Music background: None
See also: Controller Keyboards, Novation, Novation iPad/iPhone Keyboard Controllers, Novation MIDI Controllers