All user reviews for the Novation Launchpad
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Novation Launchpad Gear Review - Novation Launchpad: Who's Pad?
Novation surprised everyone by bringing out an Ableton Live dedicated control surface. Like Akai's APC? Not really, and obviously not at the same price.
It does come with a manual, that I don’t think was very good. I learned how to use it and all of the functions basically on my own and from watching tutorials online. The manual was very confusing and to “wordy”. I will say that if you don’t already use Ableton and love it then don’t buy this. That is the mistake that I made, I purchased this because I wanted to use it, and not Ableton. You can not use this without using it in Ableton.
The price of it is very affordable and it is a great device and I can see why anyone who is an Ableton lover would buy it. But it just wasn’t for me. It was very difficult to set up and understand and the manual was horrible. It would be better if it had some fader sliders and some sort of transport controls. Also if they could make it a more versatile device that can be used in multiple software programs that would change everything for me. I think the Novation Launchpad is a must have for someone who loves Ableton, its just not for me.
BeyondR's review"Buy it if you're an Ableton user."
The price overall is quite great for the product, those 64 pads can make a huge difference in your mixing, they can really boost your creativity on a whole new level.
This pad controller works pretty great in launching clips and samples on time, it has the possibility to connect up to 6 Launchpads at a time (which is completely great and unique).
The reason why this pad is so great it's because how well it fits with Ableton Live program, it doesn't require a source supply, only a usb connection.
Also you can work in Session View either Arrangement View, which is quite handy, the
multi-color 64-button grid provide instant session overview.
This pad can be used to create grooves, racks, creating beats and triggering samples in real time, you can even make it work as a midi controller,creating custom MIDI maps with 72 of its buttons transmitting either CC or MIDI note data, so you can basically play with this pad and create melodies.
Connectivity type: USB, it doesn't require a power supply.
It's compatible with Windows XP or Vista, Mac OS X .
Another great thing you can do with Novation LaunchPad is to control the volume, paning, amount of sends, muting, and many other cool features.
Without a doubt, this pad makes the musical process seem much more fun and creative, with its use you can create some great trance groove and even melodies.
I really like the feeling of the buttons and the way they respond to the command.
I would buy and rebuy this product, I really think it makes a huge difference for Ableton users like me.
johnrae's review"I LOVE THIS THING!!!!!!!"
James...'s review"Not quite as simple as it looks"
First of all, this unit is not as easy to learn or use as some of the youtube vids you've probably seen will have you think. I feel like I need to get that out there for anyone who's in the same boat as I was before I bought it. I have used tons of devices and have a lot of DAW and midi experience so I know it's not me. Perhaps I'm just used to keyboard style controllers but in my mind, this unit has nothing in common with anything I've ever used. It's like learning a new instrument. However, once the (steep) learning curve is over, it makes perfect sense and becomes arguably one of the most useful tools you will ever have at your desk. There are other more expensive controllers with a much easier learning phase, but I think this ones is ultimately more useful and more compact than the others. Obviously if you need sliders and don't like the way the Novation's "sliders" feel, look elsewhere. Maybe an Akai unit or something.
The launchpad probably won't replace your keyboard if you're a keyboard guy. It's not really meant to do that anyway. I actually use this more as a DJ or producer than I do as a musician. It's not an instrument in the classical sense. What's special about it is how flexible it can be. I think everyone uses it differently. Some guys use it as a songwriting tool, others use it to keep themselves on their toes creatively, and some guys just like to use one live. I like it for all these things. But it isn't the end all be all. Just a great and original unit.
What I don't like most about this unit is that for some reason (and I can't understand why) when you a pad down, it will "double-click." What I mean is that you push it down and it will "click" once, then you push a little harder and it will "click" again. Every trigger reacts on the first click, so the second click is completely unnecessary. In reality, its not a big deal, it just feels weird and is a little annoying. As for my opinion on the price, I paid $180 for a brand new one shipped to my door. Overall, its functions make it worth every penny. But, when I first got it, it was smaller than I imagined (the person in the photo must have very small hands) and its made of very light weight plastic. For around $200 bucks, they could have used some cheap metal or something, that would have made this thing feel like a real professional piece of gear instead of a cheap toy. No sound quality from this device, only midi operation. I have a couple of M-audio boards that I was using to trigger clips in ableton, but they don't even compare to this device, mainly because of the "light up" buttons. Yes, I do wish it was made of stronger/heavier material, but I would definitely make the same choice again.
Pierre-M's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Automap ...."
Potential in reserve ...
I have no doubt that it serves a lot to others, but it does not come I my needs.
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DJ Posh's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Really limited"
It allows the Clip Launch the rest of the functions is not really usable.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I see it as a necessary extension of Live which allows you to completely disregard the computer when I play.