Novation At The Heart Of Gotye Rig

Wed, 2013-02-13 18:04

Like many musical sensations, Gotye (aka. Wally De Backer), got his big break with a little help from YouTube. It was the imaginative music video for his single 'Somebody That I Used To Know' featuring Kiwi singer Kimbra that first boosted his profile to near-astronomical levels. With over 377 million YouTube views and the single going six times Platinum, it's no surprise that Gotye took Record of the Year at the Grammy's for “Someone That I Used To Know" as well as (2) additional Grammy's for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Alternative Album. Anyone lucky enough to catch Gotye's live show will attest that the large scale animations projected in the background combined with the band's luscious melodies are an experience not to be missed. And if you happen to get a glimpse of the live rig, you'll notice half a dozen Launchpads controlling the entire performance.

GotyeA key part to the Gotye live show is Novation’s Launchpad, three of which take their place among a host of other gear on stage. The band travels with five Launchpads in total, with Wally and band member Tim Shiel using them to control Ableton Live. Wally describes the setup, "Tim and I play a Launchpad each in the show, triggering various samples in each song. Tim makes his display lots of coloured lights in User mode, receiving MIDI feedback information from Ableton." Novation's classic Bass Station synth also features prominently in the live setup, played by bass player Lucas Taranto, who says, simply, “the Bass Station rocks!”

Launchpad was co-designed by Novation and Ableton to provide completely flexible control of Ableton Live. Gotye’s show, plus dozens of other shows that feature virtual instrumentation, is indicative of just how adaptable Launchpad is to different situations. Whether in the studio or live — triggering clips or playing virtual instruments — Launchpad is the perfect fit. The Bass Station, though no longer manufactured, form, is still available as a virtual instrument. To find out more, head to