Novation has announced the Launchkey Mini, a compact new mini-key instrument/controller.
Launchkey Mini features 16 velocity sensitive, three colour launch pads – use them to trigger sounds, effects, transport controls, and more. In addition Launchkey Mini features a 25-note keyboard, eight assignable rotary controls plus seven function buttons and a further two performance buttons. Compact and portable, Launchkey Mini is great for producing and performing at home or on stage.
Launchkey Mini works immediately with the new free-to-download Novation Launchpad and Launchkey iPad apps, and gives you hands-on control of major Mac and Windows based music software including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason, and Logic.
Launchkey Mini features
Go anywhere, play anywhere — Launchkey Mini is fully powered by iPad or USB – no need for power sockets or batteries – and it’s ultra-lightweight and easy to carry.
25-note mini-keyboard — Fast action synth-style mini keys ideal for modern playing techniques.
16 velocity sensitive, three colour launch pads — Launch loops, samples, effects and more and get direct visual feedback.
Knobs and buttons for total control — Eight knobs, seven function buttons, and two performance buttons to enhance and control your sounds in real time.
Free software for iPad, PC, and Mac — Launchkey Mini is a fully-integrated instrument with the Novation apps for iPad, and provides hands on control of the included synths and music software for your Mac or PC.
The Launchkey Mini will be available to purchase in September 2013, priced MSRP $124.99 USD / $99.99 USD street.
Serato has announced version 1.3 of its Serato DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac.
Serato DJ is our best feature set for all-in-one controllers. It delivers performance to meet the demands of DJs at the top of their game and sets a new standard for controller DJs.
Changes in Serato DJ v1.3
Serato DJ FX Expansion Packs containing new FX powered by iZotope: The Wolf Pack, available as a free download, and the Back Pack, available to purchase for USD19. The Wolf Pack contains Epic Verb, Bit Crush, Tremolo, Repeater, Braker and Brake Echo, and the Back Pack contains Tape Echo, Looper, Time Stretch, Spiral Echo and Envelope Filter. Both packs contain a large number of Multi FX presets.
Favorite FX allows you to customize the effects select drop down menus that appear in Serato DJ, showing the FX you choose as your favorites.
Slip Mode for all supported Serato DJ controllers. When Slip Mode is activated you can manipulate the audio as normal (e.g scratching, Looping, triggering Cue Points etc), however once you have finished, the playback position is returned to where it would be if you had not manipulated the audio. Slip Mode can also be MIDI mapped to a secondary MIDI controller if your hardware doesn’t have a dedicated Slip Mode button.
Novation TWITCH, Vestax VCI-300 & VFX-1 Support.
Numark NS7 MKII Support.
Fixed Tap tempo lighting on Pioneer DDJ-SX.
Fixed the crossfader curve options being swapped in the Setup screen.
Changed vinyl button lighting on Vestax VCI-400 to make it more clear that you are in slip mode.
Numark MixDeck and MixDeck Express now show correct BPM when a deck is in Sync.
Fixed Play from First Cue Point Setup screen option stability.
Fixed platter scratching on NS7 with motor off and track paused.
Fixed needle-search on VCI-380.
Fixed a bug where Play from First Cue Point option was broken if track configured with first cue point.
Fixed Beatgrid Slip not working with motor off on NS7
Start/Stop time on NS7 is now remembered in software with motor off.
Fixed Slip/Shift mode platter interaction.
Fixed a bug where Shift + Beatgrid Adjust sometimes moved playhead when it shouldn’t.
Fixed deck showing incorrect pitch sometimes after switching layers
MIDI mapping of the Autoloop range shift buttons (< and >) unfortunately has been broken and users will need to remap them.
The Serato DJ v1.3 update is now available to download.
Novation has announced that its Launchkey MIDI controller series is now available worldwide.
Our latest MIDI controller is now available worldwide! Based around a 25, 49 or 61-note keyboard with 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour launch pads, Launchkey features the Launchkey app (an iPad performance synth) as well as a Launchpad app that provides drag-and-drop loop playback from the pads and realtime effects including stutter and filter effects.
InControl technology instantly maps the hardware giving you hands-on control of your mixer, transport and more in Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Logic and Cubase.
The Launchkey is now available to purchase for $149.99 USD (25-key)/$199.99 USD (49-key)/$249.99 USD (61-key).
Novation has announced the release of the Supernova SoundPack, a free collection of 64 patches for the Supernova synthesizer.
Novation’s ground-breaking Supernova set the standard for virtual analogue synthesisers when it was released in 1998. With its comprehensive modelling of traditional analogue subtractive synthesis, powerful multi-effects engine and filter, the award-winning rack-mount Supernova and its successor, Supernova II, were the most powerful synths of their time.
Sound designer Phil McDonald created the iconic sounds of the Supernova that changed the sound of dance music at the turn of the Millennium, powering classics by Orbital, ATB, Jean Michel Jarre and A Guy Called Gerald, plus many more. Now, with the massive revival of interest in the sounds and music of the period, Novation is proud to announce the release of two new soundpacks for the MiniNova and UltraNova, containing sounds from the original Supernova sound banks, by the original sound designer. These soundpacks give you the original classic sounds of the turn of the century – and they’re absolutely free. Listen to the demo on SoundCloud here.
The first of the two soundpacks, with 64 sounds, is available now, as part of Novation’s 21st Anniversary celebrations, with the second pack available later in the year.
The SoundPack is a free download. Requires MiniNova or UltraNova Librarian application (also free).