Novation LaunchPad: What is it about this piece of gear that I absolutely love so much? Is it the lights I wonder? I swear I haven’t been in love with any piece of hardware in a very long time! Ok, before the LaunchPad it was probably the Access Virus. But before that it was probably my Ensoniq ASR10. I found that sampler to be very freeing, very creative. And most of all fun to play with. VERY much like the LaunchPad! It’s so damn flexible! And I love how it keeps me away from my Apple trackpad at a gig! I have played with “touchABLE” which is designed for Ableton control on the iPad. Amazing control and flexibility! Blew me away the first time I played with it. And as much as I am a longtime Apple fan, since 1980’s w/the Mac SE with a single 800k floppy drive, $3500.00…if you can believe that! And a BIG TIME iPhone lover…it never leaves my hands! But in my opinion I don’t care for the non-tactile feedback the iPad gives in use for me. I am not putting it down in at all. It’s really something and I’m excited to see development in this area. Besides I move around a lot on stage and perspiration can cause issues when trying to perform a filter sweep etc. I would find myself going to the appropriate area on the iPad only to miss the moment, wipe my fingers on my shirt and quickly try again. I don’t have this problem with the LaunchPad at all! Hit a button, lights, action done!
I previously owned the Novation XStation (also used on the gig) and it’s proven to be a really nice all around everything (desert island) kind of workstation really. So after my wife surprised me with a LPad birthday gift last year I’ve been addicted to this thing! So much so I’ve recently been getting into the Novation AutoMap software deeper and recently purchased the Nocturn 49key controller. For me those two controllers are limitless! I am also thinking of getting a second LPad for more control so I don’t have to worry about switching modes on the fly. Having each unit dedicated to specifics.
Also so many amazing third party software additions available on the web. If you are interested in any of this further functionality check out:
I am really looking forward getting deeper into the LPC Control software over the holidays. Oh and make sure you watch this video it’s at the end of the demo but this guy jams on 6 LPads!!!! Make sure you watch it until the end here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gABOBTxMSrI
And here is the explanation:
But who thought that a plastic box with rubber backlight LEDs based on the MIDI spec from the 80’s would be soooo much damn fun?
It really is a instrument in itself!
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