Novation Launchpad S

The Novation Launchpad is a pretty time honoured piece of production gear in 2013, with some solid years of providing a low cost, high functionality access point for producers who like to mix up live sequencing and pad based composition. In a seemingly small but by no means insignificant update, here’s the Novation Launchpad S…

Novation Launchpad S

Novation Launchpad S

Cosmetically, the Novation Launchpad S is more or less identical to the original Novation Launchpad – even down to the now outdated Ableton logo. The S in the title brings with it three key new features:

  • Brighter LEDs
  • Faster refreshing
  • Class compliant MIDI

The most important thing for most of you will be the class compliant MIDI part; now that the Launchpad S is completely plug and play a whole world of new possibilities open up to to it – and iPad is the obvious contender here, especially with Novation’s own Launchpad iPad app.

You can read an insanely interesting post from one of the minds behind the Novation Launchpad S here; I love reading things by developers themselves!

(Is it just me or is it a little ironic that in order to demonstrate the brighter LEDs in the above video the lights get turned out, when fighting against ambient lights is the key advantage?!)

Head to Novation’s Launchpad S page
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