Novation Launchpad S
Those who felt the vibe from many Youtube performances on the Novation Launchpad have now come to understand that it is harder than it looks. No doubt it was because of these live Launchpad performances that DJs and producers ran out to go buy the latest copy of Ableton in conjunction with their newfound controller. What they have probably discovered is that there is a lot of work that goes into making a live performance, and that it just doesn’t come by adding instruments to a squared controller. I would guess that a small percentage of these people felt the heat and decided to give up before they even start, unloading them into the second hand market.
The Novation Launchpad S also worsened the situation, and those who were thinking about selling off their prize just took the hit. On the bright side of things, the second rendition is a much better looking controller. I guess they took their hints from the Maschine, figuring out that more color equals better. It looks the same and I would guess that the internals are the same as well – but the color scheme will help our eyes organize the visual cues.