Novation Launchkey 61 Keyboard Controller

61-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 61-key Controller for Ableton

The Novation Launchkey 61 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 61. Don't launch your DAW without it.

Sculpt your sound to perfection

Novation's Launchkey 61 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 61-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 61 will instantly map to it via Novation's InControl protocol.

Your ideal gigging controller

The Launchkey 61 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 61 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

Novation Launchkey 61 Features:

  • 61-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
  • 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)

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

Tech Specs

Pads 16 x RGB
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Velocity-sensitive
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Encoders/Pots 8
Faders 9 x 45mm
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain
MIDI I/O USB
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 37"
Depth 10.63"
Manufacturer Part Number AMS-LAUNCHKEY-61-MK2

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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4.5/5

Great MIDI Keyboard

This is a great MIDI Keyboard that does exactly what it supposed to do. The best review a product can receive is just that it works as advertised and this one does exactly that.
4/5

It works.

I think a fairer price would be around $150-$200. But like the other reviewer said, it gets the job done. Mod wheels, sliders and knobs are of nice quality. Keybed itself feels fine though it's not the most consistent. Very lightweight. I've had some fun hours with it for sure. Drum pads are nothing special. Works pretty well with Reason.
Music background: Long time musician, hobbyist.
See also: Controller Keyboards, Novation, Novation iPad/iPhone Keyboard Controllers, Novation MIDI Controllers