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Designed by Novation in collaboration with Ableton, the Launchpad’s primary intended function is as a hardware control surface for triggering clips in the latter’s ever-popular Live DAW.
Launchpad S is the controller's latest incarnation, featuring brighter LEDs behind its 64 pads, a faster refresh rate and a plug-and-play option for use with an iPad, via Apple's Camera Connection Kit. The controller works natively with FL Studio too, and will ship with custom control overlays in the box.
Launchpad S is portable and fully bus-powered when hooked up to a USB cable. However, if it's a truly mobile Launchpad you're after, this year also saw the release of Novation Launchpad Mini, which takes the design of the full-sized Launchpad S and sticks it in a smaller, iPad-friendly case.
In fact, the Launchpad Mini integrates seamlessly with the Launchpad iPad app, while also offering direct control of Ableton Live and FL Studio 11 on desktop platforms. As on the standard Launchpad, you get 64 three-colour pads that can be used to trigger loops, samples and events or to control effects.