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Novation Launchkey 49 Reviews

4.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
  • Ken B.
    from Los Angeles, CA April 9, 2014

    Does everything I need

    Prior to this, I was using the 49 Key Axiom, which worked great.
    I sold it, and wanted to get a new one, so I asked my sales rep if he'd recommend the Novation Launchkey over the Axiom, and sure enough, he said yes.

    The Launchkey is way lighter than the Axiom (Which works great for me, but I can see why some people would say that it feels "cheaper"), and plus you have access to the In-Control button which is very handy!

    With the compatibility of iOS devices, it's one of the best/affordable controllers out there in my opinion. I might even get the smaller one for when I'm on the go!

  • Jadon Cramer
    from Somerset, Pa December 6, 2013Music Background:
    Worship leader

    Hard to beat for the price!

    I know there are better controllers out there but they generally cost a lot more. This thing works great and does what it says. Its my first product from novation and wont be my last.

  • Javier
    from Evanston, IL August 6, 2013Music Background:
    Sound Engineer, Composer

    Has everything one needs.

    I used the 61 keys and it was a bit too big then. Now with 49 keys this controller and its light weight gives you the mobility and the possibilities needed to write, arrange, jam, etc.

    Great, great machine. I do like the feeling of the keys in the IMPULSE version but, this machine with everything it has is made to serve anyone well. The pads seem to do a great job. I have not explore them yet.

  • Vincent Palou
    from San Diego, CA August 1, 2013Music Background:

    Great for Ableton

    In this price range there really isn't anything that is comparable to the Launchkey 49. The build is decent, it is light but like I said for the price it is sturdy enough. Buttons are gummy but I personally prefer them to be a bit more stiff.

    It did have a bit of setting up to do. Make sure that you have the latest update of Ableton.

    Once everything is set up though, this thing is so awesome. You can literally control almost everything for performance and production. Easily maps itself to the most important parameters for whatever effect or instrument you are controlling.

    Keys feel good and so does the mod/pitch wheels. Faders are more solid than they look.


    To say that you would drum on these pads for performance or production is absolutely ridiculous. A couple pads need to be pressed very hard and slowly. There is no way you're going to be doing any live drumming on this thing. I've used MASHINE, MPD26, AXIOM 49 and an actual MPC and these by far are THE WORST PADS I have touched for live drumming.

    They are really good for triggering clips though.


    For the price I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS KEYBOARD FOR ABLETON USERS looking for a 49-key with very useful bells and whistles. Pair this with an MPD26/32 and you are pretty much set.

  • Melvin
    from United States April 19, 2015Music Background:

    Using with iPad

    I bought this to use as a controller for my iPad, not for Ableton or any desktop computer software. I have numerous music apps, including the Arturia synths, the ims-20, Fl Studio, Music Studio 2, and the Novation apps. I chose to buy this controller over any other because it is marketed to go hand in hand with the Novation apps.

    If you watch videos on YouTube you can see both of Novation's apps being controlled with the Launchkey simultaneously by turning off the In Control. However, the Launchkey doesn't work like this anymore. I spent a couple of weeks trying to figure out why the In Control buttons would not work on my Launchkey as the videos suggest. I even had a controller exchanged, thinking that it was defective. After receiving an email from Novation, it turns out the controller was not defective. They informed me that the newest app updates ( version 1.12 of the Launchpad, and version 1.6 of the Launchkey) doesn't allow control of the parameters of the apps simultaneously anymore because the developers "increased In Control integration for the Launchkey and Launchpad apps," which now requires the In Control to be on at all times, and the app on the iPad screen to control any parameters. I thought I should throw this out there if you're planning on using this the same way the videos advertise. Now let me say a few things about the controller itself.

    The build quality isn't the best, but it's not the worse; everything is a bit wobbly. The pads feel great. Better than expected. The keyboard has velocity sensitivity, which I honestly didn't expect. The keyboard actually feels pretty good, in my opinion. It's easy to map controls on the Arturia apps, but other than those, I haven't figured out how to assign controls. Maybe you can't on the iPad, I don't know. Having the physical keyboard is very pleasant when playing in the two DAW apps. The body has a sleek metallic look, which I expected a cheap looking flat gray, so that was a nice surprise.

    All in all, I'm fairly happy with the Launchkey. Hopefully Novation's developers will rethink this whole In Control integration with their apps, so parameters can be controlled simultaneously again.

  • yitzchok green
    from United States September 17, 2014Music Background:
    mixing engineer


    it dos a good job.

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