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Novation MK2 Launchpad Mini Compact USB Grid Controller for Ableton Live

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Over the years, Novation have come to dominate the MIDI controller space, making everything from full-sized MIDI keyboards down to handheld fader-, knob- and button-boxes aimed at composers, performers, DJs and VJs alike. Racks now offer between 1 and 16 Macros, and you can randomize their states with the push of a button. The Launchpad Mini Mk3 is now fully compatible with Live Loops, the cell-based looping playback and performance feature, thanks to Apple releasing Logic Pro version 10.

If you're used to using a Launchpad to control Live, you'll be aware that its support for mixer control is crude at best: a column of eight pads delivers a resolution of 6dB, at best, between successive volume levels (and 9dB between send levels). This tool will get you up and running as quickly as possible, and features step-by-step guides on setting yourself up with Ableton, downloading/installing virtual instruments, and much more besides.Audio-to-MIDI conversion tools: extract harmony, melody or drums from an audio sample and convert it into MIDI. With its hands-on controls, tonnes of sounds in the box and our step-by-step interactive platform to get you set up, we've gone further than ever to make it easy to get started. Akai APC MINI MK2 Ableton Controller The APC Mini Mk2 clip launching controller for Ableton Live is the ultimate compact solution for music creation in any environment. Designed to support a range of Novation devices and act as a settings librarian, the app works either in a browser (Chrome or Opera) or in standalone form.

This app will allow you to plug the Launchpad Mini MK3 directly into your iPad with an externally powered Lightning to USB-3 adapter, and layer DJ-style effects to chop and change your sound as you see fit. Connectivity is via a USB C socket and alongside this there’s also a Kensington MiniSaver security slot. The pads are non-moving and pressure-sensitive, which allows them to send note velocity, but not pressure data or aftertouch. The rubberised orange underside makes you want to hold the device in your hands, and it's certainly of a size that it could be operated handheld, with only a slight stretch of the thumbs, and the minor inconvenience that the main grid area is off-centre to accommodate the rightmost column of mode buttons. You can use Ableton Live to sequence stems while you perform some other live elements, or even use this as a performer itself.

New sound packs: Voice Box for experimental vocal manipulation, Mood Reel for modern narrative-setting, and Drone Lab for sustained tones and textures. Use Novation Components – our online hub for all things Novation – to customise MIDI mappings, and control almost anything; three custom modes mean you can design how this compact grid controller works for you – you're only limited by your imagination. Includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station virtual instrument and 1GB of Loopmasters samples. The warranty period for product purchased on or prior to the 31st December 2017 remains at 24 months from the date of the original purchase.

Please note: The MK2 and Pro have their own listings, for the MK1, Mini, and S use the "Launchpad" option. Ableton Live Lite - quickly organise and arrange your sounds and start making tracks with this staple electronic-music-making software. The Launch Control and Launchpad S make a very effective control system for Live: you'd still use the Launchpad as a clip control surface, especially since it provides scene control which the Launch Control does not, while the Launch Control itself provides accurate mixer control, access to devices, and an independent row of clip control buttons, offering more flexibility when working with the Live Session.Launchpad Mini gives you everything you need to start performing in Ableton Live - and it'll fit in your bag. Even so, on the upside, the Mini Mk3 is a much more customisable MIDI controller, and in many ways offers an overall slicker user experience than its predecessor. All three are finished in a fetching grey-and-orange livery, and as you'd expect, all are USB-connected, bus-powered and MIDI class compliant. Studiocare Professional Audio Limited is acting as a credit broker offering finance products from Omni Capital Retail Finance Limited. It comes with all kinds of effects, instruments, sounds and creative tools – everything you need to make any kind of music.

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