The Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 MIDI Keyboard Controller for Ableton Live is an intuitive and fully integrated 49-key USB MIDI keyboard controller optimized for portability and tight integration with Ableton Live, which now features a dedicated button for activating the Capture MIDI function, plus a track arm, quantize, click, and loop controls. The 16 improved velocity-sensitive, multicolored, backlit trigger pads provide greater control over dynamics and can be used to launch loops, samples, and more, while the eight knobs enable access to mixer functions and instrument/effect parameters. The USB-powered controller is compatible with a variety of DAWs and apps on Mac/Windows computers and iOS devices (adapter cables available separately).
The MK3 model offers expanded functionality and connectivity not found in the MK2. Pitch and modulation wheels, a flexible arpeggiator, single-finger chord triggering, and transport buttons let you spend more time creating on the controller and less time fiddling with your software. Eight Scale modes allow for deep exploration into a new musical territory, by transposing keys played to notes in the scale selected. Simply choose your root note and your preferred scale, then play. Three Chord modes transform the keys and pads into an interactive surface of musical exploration, where every note played is tonally and harmonically linked. The arpeggiator lets you explore new melodies and find ideas quickly, while the mutate function reconstructs your patterns into exciting new forms.
Custom Modes simplify the relationship between controller and software. Programmable using the Novation Components browser-based tool, Custom Modes let you design the behavior of your Launchkey, with control over control assignments, MIDI routing, pad color, and much more. Utilize the full-sized 5-pin MIDI DIN output to control hardware synthesizers, drum machines, or sound modules from the Launchkey MK3.
Made To Create
Launchkey is our intuitive and fully integrated MIDI keyboard controller for making tracks in Ableton Live, designed to give you everything you need to create and play your music. Made for creators of all abilities, Launchkey gives you inspirational tools to expand your musical vocabulary. Scale and Chord modes and a powerful arpeggiator push your musical creativity and help start new ideas. Custom Modes and a full-size MIDI output transform Launchkey into a powerful centerpiece of any music-making setup.
Ableton Live Integration
Launchkey gives you unrivaled access to Ableton Live’s functions, including Capture MIDI, track arm, quantize, click and loop controls. Not using Ableton Live? No problem, Launchkey also has full integration with Logic, Cubase, and Reason, plus out-of-the-box functionality with other DAWs including Studio One and Pro Tools, via HUI.
Expand Your Musical Vocabulary
Inspirational features include Scale Mode, Chord Modes and a powerful arpeggiator, which together extend your musical capabilities and let you create in new ways. Scale Mode transposes keys and pads played to notes in the scale selected; three chord modes let you trigger complex chords with one finger, while the powerful arpeggiator gets melodies moving, fast. Strum Mode, introduced with firmware v1.1, lets you strum chords, for even more playing potential.
Custom Modes: Control Anything
The full-size five-pin MIDI output works with any MIDI-compatible device. Use Novation Components to configure four Custom Modes, which map Launchkey’s knobs, faders, and pads to software and hardware features.
Launchkey works standalone, so it’s the perfect controller for any music-making setup, with or without a computer. The Scale and Chord Modes, arpeggiator and Custom Modes can all be used to control an all-hardware studio or live rig.
Ableton Live Lite Industry-leading music creation software, with seamless operation with Launchkey.
Spitfire Audio LABS Expressive Strings Exceptional strings samples made by musicians and sampling experts in London, for anyone, anywhere.
XLN Audio Addictive Keys Access one of four virtual keyboards when you register your first piece of Focusrite or Novation hardware.
Klevgrand R0Verb A hybrid between a simple reverb and a very complex delay in an easy-to-use plugin.
Klevgrand DAW Cassette A plugin that emulates the sound of a tape deck, with an accurate recreation of saturation, distortion, noise, and wobble.
AAS Session Bundle Keys, guitar, and synth plugins for music makers, which provide essential sounds for your tracks.
Novation Sound Collective is A constant source of inspiration for Novation users in search of new sounds. Find regular inspiration with frequent new additions to the Collective, to continue your musical journey.
Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 MIDI Keyboard Controller for Ableton Live Key Features
- Seamless Integration with Ableton Live
- 49 Velocity-Sensitive Keys
- 16 Velocity-Sensitive Backlit Color Pads
- 8 Control Knobs + Pitch and Mod Wheels
- Nine 1.8" Faders
- Arpeggiator and Transport Buttons
- Fixed Chord Mode
- DIN MIDI Output, 1/4" Sustain Pedal In
- Mac, Windows, and iOS Compatibility
- Includes Powerful Software Bundle
What's In the Box
- Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller (49-Key)
- USB Cable
- Ableton Live Lite
- Spitfire Audio LABS Expressive Strings
- XLN Audio Addictive Keys
- Klevgrand ROVerb & DAW Cassette
- AAS Session Bundle
- Access to the Novation Sound Collective
- Limited 3-Year Warranty
Brand Novation Manufacture SKU AMS-LAUNCHKEY-37-MK3 Keyboard 49 Full-Size Keys, Synth Action with Velocity MIDI Control Surfaces 1 x Wheel (Pitch-Bend)
1 x Wheel (Modulation)
8 x Rotary Encoder
16 x Pad (Velocity-Sensitive)
9 x Fader Encoder (Assignable)
Performance Functions Arpeggiator, Octave Shift, Transport Controls, Transpose
I/O 1 x USB Type-B Bus-Power/MIDI Output
1 x 1/4" Sustain Input
1 x MIDI 5-Pin MIDI Output
OS Compatibility macOS 10.7 or Later
Windows 7 or Later
*As of June, 2020: check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Wireless Transmission None
Power Options USB Bus Power
Display LED Anti-Theft Features Kensington Security Slot Dimensions (W x D x H) 31.0 x 10.0 x 3.0" / 78.7 x 25.4 x 7.6 cm Weight 6.68 lb / 3.03 kg