Novation Launchpad Mini
No matter how complex the next controller might seem, there is always a demand for something simple and basic. Adding touch strips and alternate screens to a MIDI controller might make it seem easier to use, but ultimately we can do just fine without them. It is sort of like the BPM counters that you see sitting on the edge of a Numark turntable. They are useful to many, but a DJ with DVS would find them redundant. For reasons like this, the Novation Launchpad is still one of the best deals any sort of producer can find who is also on a budget.
What is better than a square pad with many square pads – how about a smaller square pad with many smaller square pads? They have already ported their hardware into software while creating a way for both hardware and software to be used together at the same time. Their newest Launchpad Mini does not do away with any of the core features of the original controller – it keeps them all, but shrinks them down into a more usable size. The cost of the controller has also shrunk with it, which will keep the controller crowd happy.