Novation Launchkey 49 MK2 USB Keyboard Controller

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Product Description

The MK2 version of Novation’s essential 49-note USB keyboard controller for Ableton Live, with 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, 8 knobs, dedicated navigation and control buttons, and software for Mac and PC, including Ableton Live Lite.

Novation Launchkey 49 MK2 USB Keyboard Controller Features

  • 49 note velocity sensitive synth style keyboard
  • 16 full-colour RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
  • 8 knobs
  • 9 sliders 
  • 6 dedicated transport controls
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • 2 octave / transpose buttons
  • 7 segment 3 character LED display
  • 2 Track / MIDI Channel buttons
  • 8 mute / solo buttons plus toggle button (49 & 61 note)
  • 3 InControl buttons 
  • 2 full-colour RGB backlit round buttons
  • USB socket
  • DC power socket
  • Sustain pedal 1/4” jack socket
  • Kensington security slot 
This latest generation of Launchkey is our most focused MIDI keyboard controller for Ableton Live. It’s the quickest and easiest way to produce and perform electronic music – because we designed it specifically for the purpose. You just plug in via USB and the keys, faders, knobs and pads immediately give you hands-on control of your grid, instruments, effects and mixer. Of course, if you don’t use Ableton, it will map to other major music software too using InControl.

Designed for Ableton Live:

All controls work immediately and can be freely reassigned.

See your session in full colour:

RGB pads match the colour of your clips.

Create expressive beats:
All 16 pads are velocity-sensitive for creating dynamic drum beats.

Shape your sound:
Tweak your instruments and effects to perfection using eight rock solid knobs

Take it anywhere:
Compact and tough enough to chuck in your bag without needing a power cable

Control all major music software:
Get automatic hands-on control of other DAWs

Plug in and play:
USB bus-powered and totally class compliant, so it works straight away without any drivers

Make music immediately:
Includes Ableton Live Lite, one of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys instruments, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples.

Enjoy two years of warranty:

Rely on our two-year warranty if any Novation hardware needs repairing or replacing due to a manufacturing fault

Practice rhythm:

Use Melodics to improve your keyboard skills and hone your pad drumming skills for free.

Included Software
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • 4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
  • One of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys instruments
  • Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser
  • Novation V Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser 
  • Free Melodics lessons
What’s In The Box
  • Novation Launchkey 49 Mk2
  • USB cable
  • Printed Getting Started Guide
  • Safety information sheet 
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Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-431-2609 Warranty:  As of 12/14/2017: 2 Year

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Software Included
  • Ableton Live Lite 9 — Powerful composition and live performance software
  • Novation Bass Station software synth — virtual version of Novation’s classic bass synth.
  • Novation V-Station software synth — powerful virtual polysynth with tons of great presets.
  • Addictive Keys — choose one model from the pro-grade XLN Audio lineup.
  • Loopmasters Loops and Samples — 4GB of content spanning multiple genres.
  • Free keyboard lessons from Melodics.
Software Compatibility
  • If you already have Ableton Live it must be version 9 or greater to work with Launchkey. We recommend that you update to the latest version as previous versions of Ableton Live do not include the Launchkey integration for InControl. Launchkey will also work as a standard MIDI controller.
Power Requirements
  • Fully USB bus powered on Mac or PC.
  • Camera connection kit or USB camera adapter required for use with iOS devices (sold separately). Power supply must also be used (sold separately).
  • Maximum power consumption 9V DC 250mA 
  • Power supply sold separately
Product Dimensions
  • Launchkey 49: 3.54” x 30.51” x 10.63” (H x W x D), 6.95 lbs
System Requirements
  • Launchkey 49 is class compliant, so will work with any modern Mac, Windows or Linux PC. For further information see the Novation web site.

Customer Reviews

Raileen Sellnow Submitted: 3/5/2019
Product Rating
Absolutely Love It!!
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
I started with a 25 key and desperately wanted to upgrade but thought the 61 might be too big for my desk. The 49 key is absolutely perfect! Being new to a keyboard this really helps me be able to learn how to use both hands before upgrading to a bigger one!
D. Anthony Submitted: 3/5/2019
Product Rating
Awesome !
What is your opinion of this product?
Love this thing. The RGB lights are cool. Super functional if you like to adjust your tracks and busses volume. The keys are semi weighted so it doesn’t feel like a toy. Good buy
Aldrim Castillo Submitted: 2/3/2019
Product Rating
Great Buy!
What is your opinion of this product?
Great product and solid build! Works great with ableton and other DAW! American musical also gets kudos bc they ship out the product quickly!
Dale B Submitted: 12/5/2018
Product Rating
An excellent addition to my home studio
What is your opinion of this product?
I can connect the Novation Launchkey49 directly to my PC DAW (Studio One) or to any number of iPad apps (via CCK). The 49 key layout is a great improvement over the 25 key controllers I have been using. This product comes highly recommended.
Eric Elderkin Submitted: 11/6/2018
Product Rating
Great investment to add to my home studio! Keys sensitivity is wonderful!
What is your opinion of this product?
Wonderful piece of equipment but I wish there were some better instructions on what every thing on the board does and how to activate them. Nevertheless, GREAT INVESTMENT!!!! Highly recommend.
Bee Ramirez Submitted: 8/13/2018
Product Rating
Great Purchase For the Up-and-Coming Composer
What is your opinion of this product?
Solid buy, well crafted. Being the son of musicians, our 12-year-old son wanted to get into composing. His must-haves were pitch and modulation wheels. He grew up using them on Dad's M-Audio keyboard, and loves the sound effects he can create. Needless to say, this isn't the "average" toy for a kid. It's not really a toy at all, but a great beginning piece of gear to carry him many years. A bonus: the trackpads. He's just beginning to see all they can do. Ableton Live Lite was a great bonus, too. We're so impressed with this lil keyboard, we're going to upgrade to the full-size one for ourselves!


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