NAMM 2020 VIDEO: Novation’s new Launchpad Pro comes with a MIDI sequencer for controlling your plugins and hardware

NAMM 2020: Having released the Launchpad X and updated Launchpad Mini MIDI pad controllers in 2019, Novation has now turned its attention to the flagship Launchpad Pro, announcing a Mk3 edition.

As before, this is great for working with Ableton Live: it offers dedicated controls for clip and scene launching, transport, quantising and duplicating, while access to the tap tempo, Print To Clip and Capture MIDI features is now onboard, too. There’s also a Chord Mode that lets you build and play chords straight from the grid.

But there’s more: Launchpad Pro now contains a powerful MIDI sequencer that can be used to drive both your plugins and hardware gear. Setups can be configured in Novation’s Components software, and there are eight Custom Modes to work with.

Connectivity comes via MIDI In, Out 1 and Out 2/Thru ports, while the polyphonic sequencer has four tracks and 32 steps. Patterns can be chained to create complete songs, while Probability and Mutation features enable you to add variation. You can adjust the sync rate and play order when you’re performing, and work with Micro Steps when you want to get away from the grid.

Novation Launchpad Pro mkIII

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The new Launchpad Pro is bus-powered over USB-C (it can also be used standalone via USB power) and comes with 64 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads that are larger than those on its predecessor. However, the device also manages to be more compact and portable.

The included software bundle, meanwhile, features Ableton Live Lite and plugins from XLN, Softube, Klevgrand and AAS. You also get a free two-month Splice Sounds subscription and membership of Sound Collective, Novation’s ongoing programme of free plugin sharing. Novation’s new Easy Start Tool can be called on to get you up and running quickly.

We’ll bring you a price and release date when we have them. Find out more on the Novation website.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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