Novation Launchkey Mini Keyboard Controller

25-mini-key USB Controller Keyboard with 16 Tricolor Performance Pads, 8 Knobs, Dedicated Navigation and Control Buttons, and Bundled Software
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Ableton Control, To Go

Take it from Sweetwater, the Novation Launchkey Mini packs more functionality into less real estate than just about any other keyboard you can get your hands on. A set of 25 synth-action mini keys gives you two octaves to play with at a time, and you can use the 16 tri-color pads to trigger loops, launch samples, tap out drums, or even play instruments. The Launchkey Mini's controls integrate immediately and seamlessly with Ableton Live. Use another major DAW? The Mini will instantly map to it via Novation's InControl protocol. And it works with Novation's iPad apps, too! Any way you use it, you've got a winner with the Novation Launchkey Mini.

Free XLN Addictive Keys instrument with registration!

Your Novation Launchkey Mini 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 Mini Features:
  • 25-note velocity-sensitive mini-key keyboard
  • 16 multicolor backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
  • Eight knobs
  • Two Octave buttons
  • Two Track buttons
  • Two Navigation buttons
  • InControl button
  • Two multicolor backlit round buttons
  • Micro USB 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
  • iOS 8, iOS 7 Compatible - Camera Connection Kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter required (not included)
Go mobile, with the Novation Launchkey Mini!

Tech Specs

Pads 16 x Multicolor
Number of Keys 25
Type of Keys Velocity-sensitive
Encoders/Pots 8
USB Micro-B
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9-10.10
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7, 8
Power Supply Bus Powered
Height 1.69"
Width 12.79"
Depth 6.89"
Manufacturer Part Number AMS-LAUNCHKEY-MINI-MK2

Customer Reviews

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A true inNovation of a keyboard

From the moment I plugged this keyboard in, I was amazed at how many features were at my finger tips. I began by operating Ableton Live and using a combination of both the midi keyboard and the switches for music composition. Instantly, I was inspired. The Launchkey Mini made it so easy to sequence my playlists and effects. The launch key mini was also used on my online podcast to sequence effects, music playlists, and segways into the podcast. On top of using the Launchkey Mini on Ableton, I was easily able to use the Launchkey Mini on Pro-Tools' midi function. As a composer, engineer, and educator I believe that the Launchkey Mini is a vital multi-tool for today and tomorrows DAW.
Music background: Engineer/composer/educator

A Desktop Marvel

The Launchkey Mini was one of the choices among controllers that have a small enough foot print for using at my desk and, although it lacks modulation and pitch bending wheels, it provides plenty of control options for my DAW plugins and my standalones (such as Reaktor). While the unit is perfect for using at my desk, I can also envision using it to augment the much more sophisticated setup in my home studio.The keyboard action provides adequate performance nuance for getting my ideas into a DAW session and the pads are very responsive and tactile. I have had no trouble linking the Mini to either REAPER or Pro Tools and in fact the unit seems to be right at home in either environment. The ease at which I can change midi channels, tracks and presets is a nice feature and the "In Control" function works better than I expected. The included USB cable is high quality and unit itself seems to be very well made and durable. The included software synths are an excellent bonus and I am certain I will be using them on future productions.
Music background: Composer and musician, mainly guitar and keyboards

Creating Sounds With Controller Keyboard

The Novation Launchkey Mini does everything it is said to do. It's nice to be able to play music through your computer with software. All you need is a USB plug for the controller keyboard to get it working. You can plug it right in to your computer. Once it works, you can create your very own sounds.
See also: Controller Keyboards, Novation, Novation iPad/iPhone Keyboard Controllers, Novation MIDI Controllers