Novation recently updated its Launchkey series with new features and a new look. However, the model name remains the same. In the nutshell, the most obvious change would be the design – RGB pad. Of course, the manufacturer will always tell you there are more than just the change of look & feel.
Here are the differences between Launchkey MK l & MK ll :
- The updated Launchkey has RGB pads that provide clip colour-matching feedback to enhance your workflow when creating and launching clips, triggering samples, or controling devices in Ableton Live.
- In addition these pads are velocity sensitive allowing for a more realistic feel when creating midi clips or programming drums, which is a feature that was not available on the original Launchkey.
- The updated Launchkey also brings a greater degree of control over Ableton Live via inControl: previously the inControl knobs could only control devices, however on the newer Launchkey you can easily switch between controlling devices, pans as well as send A/B for each track in your session.
- The Device control function gives you control over all devices and device parameters in your Ableton Live track via inControl.
- The updated Launchkey is not currently supported for FL Studio, although currently it can be used as a basic midi controller. However, future plans have been made for further functionality support with Image Line.
- Although, due to the new features of the updated Launchkey requiring more power, it unfortunately can no longer be powered directly from an iPad. Not to worry as the updated Launchkey can be used with an iPad via a powered USB hub.
- Launchkey MK2 now has four different velocity key curves, including a fixed mode for organ players.
- If a track in Ableton Live uses multiple FX it is now possible to select these directly from Launchkey MK2.
- The eight knobs are now individually secured with a nut to prevent wobble and give an overall better feel.