A producer's DAW is rarely a simple machine - usually it's a combination of libraries, sounds, plug-ins, and instruments. When starting a new track it isn't always as simple as grabbing a guitar or drumming out a beat on a drum set and becomes more technical, it's almost too much. Since just playing around with the music isn't as simple in the electronic world as traditional instruments, Novation has tackled this by announcing the Circuit, a brand new type of groove box.
Novation had enormous success with the original Launchpad thanks in large part to viral Youtube performances from artists like M4SONIC and Madeon. However the Launchpad started to show it's age with the release of AKAI APC40 MK2 and Ableton Push. Novation released the true successor to the original launchpad, the Launchpad Pro with RGB velocity sensitive pads, note mode, and several new mode buttons for extra control. Is it worth the upgrade? Mad Zach puts the Launchpad Pro to the test.
This year's NAMM show saw the teasing of the Launchpad Pro, which got a bunch of awesome features including full RGB pads, velocity sensitivity, and MIDI in/out. But this week Novation is announcing a brand new base model of the Launchpad series, the Launchpad Mk2, which rocks an almost identical design to the classic but sports new RGB pads.
Novation has been building Launchpads for the better part of decade, and it's fair to say the controller has launched careers, pushed controllerism into the mainstream, and been an integral part of thousands of DJ and producer setups both onstage and in the studio. Today Novation is announcing a professional version, the Launchpad Pro, which brings long-requested features to the product line.
Any producer or DJ knows that once your set-up grows into multiple devices there also comes the task of finding a way to connect everything into a computer. There are multiple audio interfaces out there and USB hubs to test but there are many factors to consider. (Latency, Sound Quality, Pre-amps, ect.) Novation announced today a new audio interface, the Audiohub 2x4, which is a combined audio interface and USB hub with Focusrite sound quality. Read more inside about how this soundcard could be a solution for producers and DJs.
The much-lesser-known Summer NAMM is in full effect and today Novation announced their latest addition to their Ableton Live devices. The LaunchControlXL has less pads but more knobs, faders, and a wider range of control
The almost-released new entrant in the DAW world, Bitwig Studio, is finally announcing a real release date, March 26, 2014. After nearly two years of development, the software will arrive on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Bitwig’s team will be on the NAMM convention floor this week showing off near-final versions of the software, […]
Novation just finished adding two other products to their controller line – but now they’ve gone and shrunk down their biggest hit, the Launchpad, into the Launchpad Mini. The new miniature version of the controller aims to be “the Launchpad for the iPad generation”, with a scaled-down size that makes portability the number-one priority. The […]