Launchpad S

The iconic 64-pad grid instrument for Ableton Live.

If you use Ableton Live, you need a Launchpad. Its 8 x 8 grid has become ubiquitous with the evolution of electronic music, letting you launch clips, play drum racks and control your mixer, all while creating awesome lightshows.

“The new, revamped Launchpad S hold onto everything that made the original Launchpad so successful, while adding some welcome tweaks and upgrades to really bring this device to its full potential.”

Crossfadr

“The Launchpad S holds on to what made the original a hit with live performers and DJ's, while making solid improvements in aesthetics and physical design.”

Earmilk

“With its combination of integration, simplicity, and affordability, it's o surprise that Novation's Launchpad S is the top-selling clip controller for Ableton Live.”

Keyboard Mag

“Every one of Novation's Launch controllers is a winner in its own right, and pairing the Launchpad S with the Launch Control results in a particularly potent live performance setup.”

Music Radar

Get Creative

Launchpad's 64 pads integrate immediately with Ableton Live. They're also lit by multicoloured LEDs, so you can see at a glance what is loaded, recording and playing.

As well as using your pads to launch clips and create entire songs, you can also use them to control your mixer: start and stop loops, arm tracks, and control volumes, pans and sends.

Control Your Music Software

Launchpad integrates immediately and seamlessly with Ableton Live, without any setup whatsoever. Just plug in and start making music. It also controls FL Studio’s performance mode, to let you play drum racks, launch clips and build songs, or assign your pads to any other function to create your own instrument.

Throw It in Your Bag

Launchpad is totally portable: lightweight, easy to pack and carry around, and fully USB bus powered - so there's no need for power sockets. You can also link it up with more Launchpads or other Launch products to build yourself a fully hands-on Ableton Live studio, by combining Launch Control, Launch Control XL or Launchkey.

Make Music Straight Away

Complete with Ableton Live Lite, 1GB of pro-quality Loopmasters samples and the Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser, Launchpad comes with everything you need to start making great music. It also supports Novation Launchpad App, so you can use its pads with your iPad® too.

“Launchpad S is certainly more than a cosmetic upgrade with a decent number of enhancements and extras. It represents a great way to control Live (and others) for less outlay.”

Music Tech

“A tangible example of when less truly is more...It does what it does very well and leaves it at that.”

Sonic Scoop

“It's super-fast and super-bright, while remaining as simplar, portable and affordable as the original. There's a lot to be said for conservative enhancement, and I think this particular controller sequel deserves to do rather well.”

Sound on Sound

“Launchpad S's ease of use, great price, and flawless integration with Ableton makes it our number one pick as a MIDI controller for Live.”

Worship Leader

Key Features

Get Hands-On Control

Launch multiple clips at once and control anything else in your mixer, all from your grid.

Control Ableton Live

Integrates immediately and seamlessly with Ableton Live, without any setup whatsoever. Just plug in and start making music.

Focus On Your Music

All 64 multicoloured pads light up to show you which clips are loaded, recording and playing.

Play Drums

Use the grid to play drum racks and create the awesome Launchpad light show videos that are all over YouTube.

Mix From Your Grid

Start and stop loops, arm tracks, and control volumes, pans and sends – all from your grid. Stay in constant control.

Control FL Studio

Use your grid to control FL Studio’s performance mode. Create beats on drum racks, launch clips and build songs, or assign your pads to any other function to create your own instrument.

Throw It in Your Bag

Sleek, tough and lightweight, Launchpad is fully USB bus powered so you’ll never need to carry a power supply.

Get Experimental

Link up more Launchpads or other Launch products to build yourself a fully hands-on Ableton Live studio, by combining Launch Control, Launch Control XL or Launchkey.

Make Music Straight Away

Comes with Ableton Live Lite, 1GB of Loopmasters samples, Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser and support for Novation Launchpad App.

Tech Spec

Product Hardware Specifications

  • 64 (8x8 grid) square multi-colour backlit buttons
  • 8 round multi-colour backlit system buttons (assignable)
  • 8 round multi-colour backlit function buttons (not assignable)
  • USB socket

Software Compatibility

  • Ableton Live Lite 9 is included
    If you already have Ableton Live it must be version 8 or greater to work with Launchpad S. We recommend that you update to the latest version as previous versions of Ableton Live do not include the Launchpad S integration.

Power Requirements

  • Fully USB bus powered

Product Dimensions

  • 240mm (9.45”) width x 240mm (9.45”) depth x 20mm (0.79”) height

OS Compatibility

Mac OSX 10.10
Yes
Mac OSX 10.9
Yes
Mac OSX 10.8
Yes
Mac OSX 10.7
Yes
Windows 8
Yes
Windows 7
Yes
iOS
Yes