Novation 25 Mini-Key Controller MK2 - Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
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Novation 25 Mini-Key Controller MK2

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Your Price: $139.00 CDN



Launchkey Mini is Novation's most compact and portable MIDI keyboard controller. It may be small, but it gives you everything you need to create new tunes in Ableton Live without cluttering up your desk.

Novation's Launchkey Mini features 16 velocity sensitive, three colour, illuminated launch pads that can be used to launch loops, sounds, effects, transport controls, and more. You can also easily tweak your instruments using eight high-quality knobs, and sketch out ideas on a 25-note mini keyboard with a fast synth-style action that makes it really nice to play. In addition, Launchkey Mini sports seven function buttons, and a further two performance buttons. Compact and portable, Launchkey Mini is great for producing and performing at home or on stage.

Launchkey Mini includes Novation's InControl mode, which gives you a simple yet powerful way of controlling all your favourite music software applications.

Get Started Immediately
Launchkey Mini integrates immediately with Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase and Logic without any mapping whatsoever. It also comes with everything you need to start making music, including Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station and V-Station virtual instruments, and 1GB of samples from Loopmasters.

Take It Anywhere
Launchkey Mini is compact and tough enough to throw in your bag, so you can use it anywhere. It will work the moment you plug it into your laptop and you won't need any drivers or power cables, because it's class compliant and bus-powered via USB.

Key Features:

• 25-note velocity-sensitive mini keyboard, with fast synth-style action.
• Designed for Ableton Live - all the controls are laid out intuitively and work immediately.
• Play loops and create expressive beats using 16 velocity-sensitive multi-coloured pads.
• Compact and tough enough to throw in your bag without needing a power cable.
• Eight high-quality knobs let you shape your sound.
• Control all major music software, including FL Studio.
• Plug in and Play - USB bus-powered and totally class-compliant, so it works straight away without any drivers.
• Includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments plus 1 GB of Loopmasters samples.

Tech Spec:

Product Hardware Specifications

• 25 note velocity sensitive mini-key keyboard
• 16 multi-colour backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
• 8 knobs
• 2 octave buttons
• 2 track buttons
• 2 navigation buttons
• InControl button
• 2 multi-colour backlit round buttons
• Micro USB socket
• Kensington security slot
• Software Compatibility

Ableton Live Lite 9 is included
If you already have Ableton Live it must be version 9 or greater to work with Launchkey Mini. We recommend that you update to the latest version as previous versions of Ableton Live do not include the Launchkey Mini integration for InControl. Launchkey Mini will also work as a standard MIDI controller.

Novation Launchpad app requires:
• iOS 6 or greater
• iPad 2 or newer
• Camera connection kit or lightning to USB camera adapter (not included)

Power Requirements: Fully USB bus powered, including iPad

Product Dimensions (w x d x h): 325mm x 175mm x 43mm (12.8 x 7.0 x 1.7")

Fantastic for whipping up music on the road!6 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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I bought this initially about 6 months ago to serve as a bare-bones controller for my Ableton Live DAW, following an exhaustive online research of MIDI controller reviews. It has certainly lived up to its billing and high praise, being the epitome of plug-and-play ease and versatility -- a simple USB hook-up to my laptop (no power required, as the USB takes care of that) and BAM, Ableton Live recognized it immediately without any need for lengthy configuration, etc. Knobs work just fine and integrate easily (since this device is apparently designed to work with Ableton to begin with?), but admittedly I haven't tried doing anything with the pads so can't comment on those. Since they're mini-keys, you are of course limited in what you can create from a purely single-track, polyphonic standpoint (i.e., elaborate two-handed piano riffs are tricky/impossible with only 25 keys, for obvious reasons), but it certainly does all you need and more when laying out multiple separate tracks. Key action is what you'd expect for a basic MIDI controller (i.e., no weight), but the keys *are* velocity sensitive, and again, it is clear that this is designed for portability and for creating track-by-track production work as opposed to live performace. I have to travel a lot, and the MK2 has become a permanent staple travel item, essentially allowing me to have a full-on portable music studio using nothing more than the MK2 and my laptop. I have admittedly since bought myself a 49-key full-size key MIDI controller (an Acorn Masterkey 49) for my home studio to handle "piano bits", but the MK2 is still an indispensable music production tool, particularly when I am on the road. MK2 comes packaged with Ableton Lite, which I had used previously when I first bought an audio interface, and Ableton Lite in itself ain't to shabby (especially given its price aka "free") for someone just starting out in the self-recording path. So yeah, nutshell summary: loads of value, features, a free "lite-version" DAW, and portability that cannot be understated, the Launchpad Mini is definitely worth it especially at the price. I know I love it, even if maybe my family and friends on the road don't (since I end up playing with it more than with them?)...
Posted by Damonk on Jun 9, 2016
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