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Novation Launchpad Ableton Live Controller

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Jointly designed by Ableton and Novation, Launchpad places Ableton Live at your fingertips. Whether you"re a DJ, performing musician or studio producer, Launchpad gives you all you need to truly ‘play' Live. With a multi-colour 64-button grid and dedicated scene launch buttons, Launchpad is purpose built for triggering and manipulating clips in Live, it also offers a totally new way of controlling Ableton Live's mixer. Launchpad's buttons can be used to sketch out beats with drum racks, and they can be assigned to other functions in Live using Ableton's 'Learn' mode.

Launchpad comes with a dedicated ‘Launchpad edition" of Ableton Live 8, but can control almost any other music software using Novation's award-winning 'Automap' control software.

Max for Live

Launchpad and Max for Live

Max is a visual programming environment which allows you to custom build instruments and effects. Ableton announced 'Max for Live' when they launched Live 8. This means that Max and Ableton are now integrated, so you can build your own instruments (or tweak other people's) within Live.

Launchpad can be used to control these instruments. For example, parameters on Max for Live's step sequencer can be triggered using Launchpad's buttons. Launchpad gives you a huge amount of visual feedback. Multiple colours and brightnesses across different buttons display visual information about whether the note is on, the velocity, note length, pitch, and whatever else you want to see!

Novation have created a Max for Live step sequencer patch utlising Launchpad's multi-colour and brightness variations, available to download from:


Physical controls and Indicators

64 (8x8 grid) square multi-colour back-lit buttons
8 round multi-colour back-lit system buttons (assignable)
8 round multi-colour back-lit function buttons (not assignable)


L-shaped USB 1.1 connector.

Minimum Operational Requirements


OS: 10.4, or later recommended
Computer: G4 or faster / Intel Mac
Memory (RAM): 512 MB RAM / 1 GB recommended


OS: Windows XP or Vista
Computer: 1.5 GHz or faster
Memory (RAM): 512 MB RAM / 1 GB recommended


Unit: W = 240 mm / 9.45 ", H = 20 mm / 0.79 ", D = 240 mm / 9.45 "
Box: W = 308 mm / 12.13 ", H = 90 mm / 20.98 ", D = 320 mm / 12.6 "


unit weight: 717gms /unit
boxed weight: 1kg/unit


Novation warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.