Novation has announce a new addition to the Launchkey series of MIDI keyboard controllers. Designed for the player, Launchkey 88 elevates musical performance and song writing with unique inspirational features, 16 velocity-sensitive pads and an 88-key semi-weighted keybed designed to capture every detail of the player’s expression.

The highly successful Launchkey range has garnered a dedicated community of creators of all abilities thanks to its unmatched deep integration with Ableton and sizes including the portable Launchkey Mini, 25-, 37-, 49- and 61-key models. As an 88-key MIDI keyboard has often been requested by the Novation community, Launchkey 88 fulfils this need and brings a premium 88-key keybed created with Novation’s 30-year history of innovative MIDI keyboard design.

Launchkey 88’s premium semi-weighted keybed sets it apart from the rest of the Launchkey range. Launchkey 88 features Novation’s best feeling keymech to date, the result of meticulous refinement and testing.

Launchkey 88 features

  • USB MIDI keyboard controller with 88 semi-weighted full-size keys.
  • Adjustable dynamics curves.
  • 16 RGB illuminated velocity-sensitive pads.
  • 8 knobs.
  • 9 faders 45 mm.
  • Transport control.
  • Pitch and Mod Wheel.
  • Built-in arpeggiator with strum mode.
  • Scale and chord modes: fixed, scale and user.
  • One-touch access to “Capture MIDI” in Ableton, “Capture Recording” in Logic and “Retrospective MIDI Record” in Cubase.
  • 2 x 16-character display.
  • Connections: USB, MIDI out, Sustain pedal input 6.3 mm jack.
  • USB bus-powered.
  • Includes USB cable plus Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys (1 of 4 virtual keyboards selectable), AAS Session Bundle, Spitfire Audio Expressive Strings, Klevgrand DAW Cassette and Klevgrand Reverb.

The Launchkey 88 is priced £379.99 GBP (incl. VAT) / 369.74 EUR (excl. VAT) / $399.99 USD. It is available to pre-order at Thomann (in stock within 9-12 weeks).

More information: Novation