What’s the difference between the Novation Launchpad MkII and Launchpad Pro?


Let’s ditch the pre-amble and cut straight to the comparison… you’re on a music gear blog after all. You’re not here to find out if Slenderman is real or if Elon Musk is really going to nuke Mars, you’re wondering if you should buy the slightly pricier full-featured Launchpad Pro or the more cost-effective Launchpad MkII. Let’s take a look at the real differences between the two:


  • Seamless integration with Ableton Live
  • A bright, colourful 8×8 grid with RGB pads, making it easy to identify what’s in your clips from the colours they glow
  • The ability to mix from the grid, allowing you control of volumes, pans and effects sends.
  • A robust, modern classic design that’s seen on stages and in studios around the world.
  • USB bus powered, no need for a separate plug!

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  • Velocity sensitive pads, allowing you to perform with dynamic control of your sounds. That means if you hit the pad gently, it’ll trigger a gentle note, hit it hard and… you get it. NEXT:
  • Built-in note modes for playing drums and instruments. One practical upshot is you can set the key you’re playing in an make it impossible to play a wrong note! Score.
  • Easy to set up and use with other DAWs like Cubase, Logic, Studio One, Pro Tool etc…
  • Can be used with a power supply and MIDI in & out to operate in a stand-alone controller mode for use with outboard synths and samplers.


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Guy Perchard

Digital editor & recording specialist at Red Dog Music
As well as being the marketing man-about-town at Red Dog Music, Guy is a busy, award winning record producer and mixing engineer. He is also partial to a chorizo stromboli for elevenses.

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