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Taylor

Taylor
July 3, 2014

Novation Launchpad S & Novation Launch Control Review

Before Ableton Push and Livid’s line of controllers, the APC 40 and the Launchpad were the go to controller solutions for performers using Ableton Live on the stage. They are arguably still the best controllers for the job when you consider how Push is built best for crafting and arranging your productions before hitting the stage. At NAMM 2014 Novation brought us two new solutions for performers using Ableton Live with the Launchpad S and the Launch Control. These devices work great for controlling Ableton Live but they are also able to connect to your iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit which will also power the Novation controller.

These are all redundant talking points if you have been watching these Novation controllers from afar, so it should be noted that there is some pretty fantastic integration between the controller and Ableton Live. Let’s take a look at how …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 25, 2013

Novation Launchpad S Demo

I believe we are at a limit as to how many controllers we find to be useful in a production setting.  There are geardos out there who buy gear simply because they like to buy new gear – but what about the ones who have weeded out the necessary from the unnecessary?  I would think that they may have spent a year churning gear in and out the factor before they find something they actually use in their setup.  The problem with controllers is that they are either not modular enough, or they are too specific.  Few people have the money to use a different controller for each specific task, so they end up using what is best for all situations as a compromise.

The traditional “monome” layout is preferred for multiple reasons.  The symmetry it provides helps you organize your sessions and tracks with great ease, and the idea …

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Taylor

Taylor
January 17, 2013

Novation Twitch: A Retrospective

The world of DJ controllers really opened up to new possibilites with the release of the Novation Twitch DJ Controller. Sure DJ’s were already using control surfaces that did not reflect a traditional DJ setup, but this was the first time we saw the replacement of jog wheels with touch strips, and a DJ controller that seemed designed specifically for the new breed of controllerist. This of course sparked debate amongst DJs and controllerists as to what constitutes a proper DJ setup or the proper way to DJ. But the truly creative and innovative controller connoisseurs saw this as an exciting prospect for the future of digital DJing. It was also one of the first DJ controllers to offer 8 pads on both decks which could be used to setup hot cues, launch one shots, or control FX and their parameters. With controllers like the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1 and the latest …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 17, 2012

Live Launchpad Mashup – M4SONIC’s Weapon

The Novation Launchpad has had its share of publicity; and probably the best type of publicity as well – user-submitted, unsolicited performances.  Madeon racked up the YouTube views when he put together a memorable mashup of top40 and pop songs, using nothing else except for a Novation Launchpad, Ableton to trigger his samples.

It really sold us on the idea that a simple setup and some time behind your equipment was all you really needed to put on a good show.  M4SONIC followed suit and submitted his own Launchpad show, where he samples Skrillex clips to create his own little masterpiece. …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
November 25, 2011

Holiday Buying Guide: Remix and Production Bundles

Remix and Production controllers are a great way to work out your ideas in production software. Mapping triggers and sounds into the pads allows you to creatively plot out your music all while giving your fingers a work out. There are a number of controllers on the market, and they come in a variety of ways. Some of them are empty shells, ready to be filled with sounds and commands of your choosing. Others are pre-filled with an array of sounds to choose from so you can start making beats immediately. Either way, these are great products for those that are looking to begin creating music or remixing tracks. Here are a few bundles we put together to get you started, check them out.

STARTER PACKAGE – Novation Launchpad with Samson HP-10 Headphones

Getting started is even more awesome if it’s at a very budget friendly price.

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