Novation Launchkey MIDI controller keyboard: 49-key $100 (Orig. $200), 61-key $140 (Orig. $250)
Justin Kahn - Jun. 3rd 2015 12:36 pm ET
Amazon is offering the Novation Launchkey 49 key USB/iOS MIDI Keyboard Controller for $99.99 shipped (matched at Guitar Center). That’s $100 under its original listing and the best price we can find. It still fetches up to $160 at some trusted retailers.
You’ll also find the Novation Launchkey 61 model for $139.99 shipped today (matched at Guitar Center). That’s more than $100 under the original listing and the best we can find by $60.
They are compatible with Mac, PC and iPad (requires the standard Apple Camera Connection kit, not included), and feature 6 velocity-sensitive multi-color pads, over 50 mappable hardware controllers in total, and seamless integration with your DAW including Logic Pro X, FL Studio and Ableton Live.
The Novation Launchkeys have a 4.1/5 star rating from over 160 Amazon customers, much like the rest of the popular and affordable Novation music production gear.
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More on the Launchkey:
Launchkey is a range of 25, 49 and 61 note keyboard controllers with up to 50 physical controls including 16 velocity-sensitive multi-color launch pads that trigger and stop clips, and launch scenes in Ableton Live. In addition to enabling hands-on control of your DAW’s mixer, instruments and more, Launchkey is an integrated software/hardware instrument. Launchkey includes an entire suite of software for iPad, Mac and PC including a brand new Launchkey synth app, a Launchpad app* for triggering and improvising with loops, and the powerful V-Station and Bass Station soft synths for Mac and PC–not to mention Ableton Live Lite and a huge Loopmasters sample pack.
Launchkey is a controller for all major music software, giving you hands-on control of your mixer, transport and more in Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Logic and Cubase. With 9 faders, 9 buttons, 8 rotary knobs and transport controls, nothing comes close to Launchkey for sheer controllability. 16 multi-color backlit velocity-sensitive launch pads can be used to play drums and trigger loops without being near a computer, perfect for sketching out beats or playing in drum patterns, or triggering clips and scenes in Ableton Live. The velocity-sensitive synth-style keyboard mechanism is accompanied by pitch and mod wheels and octave, track up/down buttons. It recreates the feel of classic synth keyboards with precision, so playing styles can be reflected by the software as accurately as possible.