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Launch Control

Compact Control over Ableton Live.

Launch Control makes creating electronic music way more fun. Its chunky knobs and multicoloured pads let you play your software like an instrument, by giving you hands-on control over any aspect of your sound that you like.

It may be half the size of its big brother, Launch Control XL, but its 16 banks give you more than enough controls to get as creative as you like with your sound.

Focus on Your Performance

Peering at a screen doesn’t make a good performance. It’s also bad for your eyes. We designed Launch Control to make you way more creative, by putting your controls directly into your hands.

We spent a long time designing these knobs: they're sturdy and full-sized, they feel great to hold and turn and they're all surrounded by multicoloured LED indicators.

The pads are great, too: they're large and rubbery, and they give bright multicoloured LED feedback, which makes them perfect for triggering clips, playing notes and tweaking key mixer controls.

Create Your Own Layouts from 448 Controls

There are 16 knobs and 8 buttons on a Launch Control. If that's not enough for you, you can bank up to 16 times - essentially giving you 256 knobs and 128 buttons. That's 448 controls!

You can assign these controls to whatever you like in Ableton Live, or any other major music software. You can also easily switch between your own mappings and the factory templates.

Enhance Your Live Performance

Combine with Launchpad for total freedom when playing using Ableton Live. Trigger clips, play drum racks, and control your mixer, effects and instruments, all at the same time!

“It's hugely portable, nicely designed and easy to get to grips with.”


“I kept gravitating back to the Control, because of the Ableton Live templates, and its perfect layout for Logic's Smart Controls. "/" Very handy little objects”

Future Music

“A well-made controller that adds an extra degree of creative dexterity to Novation's iPad-based and Ableton Live-using performers”

Music Tech

“The Launch Control is a solid, well-built companion to the Launchpad S, filling in some blind spots and adding useful mixing, editing and performance options.”

Sound on Sound

Easily Carry It Around

Chuck it in your bag and put it through the most demanding live gigs: it’s designed for it. It’s tough, compact and fully USB bus powered, so you can plug in and play without a power supply.

Connect to Just About Anything

Launch Control works on any modern Mac, PC or iOS device, and integrates immediately with Ableton Live and Fruity Loops. It's also simple to set up in any other MIDI-compatible software, even on iOS if you have a Camera Connection Kit (not included).

Best of 2013: Top 10 MIDI Controllers


Platinum Award

Future Music

Key Features

Control Ableton Live

All the controls integrate immediately with Ableton Live and other major music software.

Get Hands-On with Your Mixer

Tweak your sound using 16 chunky, full-sized knobs with multicoloured indicators.

Combine with Launchpad

Trigger clips, play drum racks, and control your mixer, effects and instruments at the same time.

Create Your Own Layouts

Bank up to 16 times and freely reassign up to 448 controls to anything you like.

Take It Anywhere

It’s tough enough to handle any live situation and to chuck in your bag, especially when you keep it in a neoprene sleeve.

Plug Straight In

Plug straight into your Mac, PC or iPad® and start performing without power supplies or drivers.

Eight Versatile Pads

Trigger clips, play notes, get instant track focus and tweak key mixer controls using eight big, multicoloured pads.

Get Started Immediately

Includes Ableton Live Lite music making software and Loopmasters sample collection.

Play with Your iPad

Control all your MIDI-compatible iOS software via a Camera Connection Kit.

Tech Spec

Product Hardware Specifications

  • 16 rotary pots with 300 degree motion
  • 8 square multi-colour backlit Launch pads
  • 6 backlit function buttons
  • USB socket
  • Kensington Security Slot

Software Compatibility

  • Ableton Live Lite 9 is included
    If you already have Ableton Live it must be version 9 or greater to work with Launch Control. We recommend that you update to the latest version as previous versions of Ableton Live do not include the Launch Control integration. Launch Control will also work as a standard MIDI controller.

  • Stand-alone template editor for control assignment

  • 448 controls using 16 on-board templates - 8 factory and 8 user programmable

Power Requirements

  • USB bus powered, including iPad

Product Dimensions

  • 240mm width x 118mm depth x 39mm height