Novation has announced the release of its new Launchkey Mini, a mini-key instrument/controller and the latest in Novations family of “Launch” products. It works with the new Novation Launchpad and Launchkey iPad apps, and delivers hands-on control of major Mac and Windows music software including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason, and Logic.

Launchkey Mini features 16 velocity-sensitive, tricolor launch pads – used to trigger sounds, effects, transport controls, and more. In addition, Launchkey Mini also features a 25-note keyboard, eight assignable rotary controls plus seven function buttons and another two performance buttons.

Launchkey Mini Overview:

  • Instrument and controller for iPad, Mac and PC
  • 25-note mini keyboard
  • 26 assignable controls
  • 16 velocity-sensitive, three color launch pads
  • Eight knobs, seven function buttons, two performance buttons
  • Bundled with free software for iPad, PC, and Mac

Launchkey Mini connects directly to the iPad using the Apple Camera Connection Kit, which must be purchased separately. The Launchkey Mini can be powered by the iPad.

In addition, Launchkey Mini comes with a suite of apps for iPad, Mac and PC for using the controller as a production and performance instrument.

Software included with the Novation Launchkey Mini:

  • Novation Launchkey app (for iPad)
  • Novation Launchpad app (for iPad)
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Novation V-Station soft synth
  • Novation Bass Station soft synth
  • Loopmasters sample pack

Pricing and Availability. The Launchkey Mini has begun to ship worldwide this month, and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $124.99 ($99.99 street). For additional information, check out the Novation website.

Via Synthtopia