3 ways to use Novation’s Launchpad X

Novation just released their new flagship controller, Launchpad X.

It features velocity sensitivity, a slim form factor, colorful lighting, and larger pads made for more expressive performances. In the video below, we demo Launchpad X and break down how to use its three main modes.

1. Note mode

This mode can detect if you’re on a drum rack or a melodic instrument, and will adjust its layout accordingly. It features 16 preset scales, which is very helpful for anyone who’s not an expert at music theory.

To hear this mode in action, check out 1:57 of the tutorial video.

2. Session mode

This mode controls Ableton’s session view, and is very useful for triggering scenes and clips. It also doubles as a mixer mode and can control panning, volume, sends, and mute, solo, and arm buttons. This mode is great for DJing and live performances in general.

To hear this mode in action, check out 7:38 of the tutorial video.

3. Custom mode

You can create custom layouts using Novation’s Components software. This unlocks Launchpad X to any workflow you can imagine, and also makes it a great controller for any DAW. You can save up to four different custom modes locally on Launchpad X. That said, you can create as many as you want in the Components app.

To hear this mode in action, check out 11:20 of the tutorial video.

Do you have any questions on how to use Launchpad X? Let us know in the comments below.

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October 22, 2019

Nick Chen Content Marketing @ Splice. Nick Chen is a producer, performer, and educator under the aliases "nickthechen" and "Enix."