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Novation Launchkey Mini mk3 Keyboard Controller
Novation Launchkey Mini mk3 Keyboard Controller

Let’s Do Launch

When a musical idea pops into one’s head while one is out to tea, does one upend the cucumber sandwiches and run home before the muse departs? Not if one is equipped with a portable keyboard and a laptop! Designed as a front end for Ableton Live software (though compatible with most leading DAWs), the USB bus-powered Novation Launchkey Mini mk3 Keyboard Controller has 25 synth-action keys and 16 backlit velocity-sensitive pads for playing parts and triggering loops. A fixed chord option makes for easy harmonization, while eight rotary knobs—along with pitch and mod wheels—offer plenty of expressive and tone control. Find more in-depth information at!

$139.99 MSRP

Originally Published

Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.