The original Novation Launchpad was an instant success; from affordable grid-based control of Ableton Live to bespoke software monome-like emulation, the Launchpad proved itself to be a versatile controller, as many online videos attest. Now, Novation update the Launchpad and present the Launchpad S.
Choosing not to mess with the tried-and-tested formula that made the Launchpad such a hit, the Launchpad S gives us a series of small, but important upgrades. With brighter LEDs, a faster refresh rate and class-compliancy, the Launchpad S becomes plug-and-play and useable with a range of DAWs, including FL Studio.
Perhaps the most interesting update though, is the iPad compatibility and the new app. The Launchpad S can be connected to the iPad using the camera connection kit, and can be used to trigger samples and loops in the custom iPad application. We look forward to seeing a few videos on YouTube of people getting creative with that…
As with the original Launchpad though, we expect that the Launchpad S will be most at home as a controller for Ableton Live. With the Launchpad S and Ableton Live, you can do this:
And here is how you do it:
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