Novation Launchkey 61


Novation Launchkey 61 is the perfect midi keyboard for musicians and producers of all skill levels, featuring a semi-weighted keyboard, comprehensive control surface and seamless integration with most DAWs.



The Novation Launchkey 61 MIDI device is a highly versatile MIDI controller designed for musicians, producers, and DJs who want to unlock their creativity and explore new musical horizons. With its 61 full-size keys, 16 backlit drum pads, eight assignable knobs, and nine faders, the Launchkey 61 puts a massive range of musical possibilities at your fingertips.

One of the standout features of the Launchkey is its seamless integration with popular DAWs (digital audio workstations) like Ableton Live, FL Studio, and Logic Pro, thanks to the included USB cable and Novation’s InControl software. This powerful combination allows you to control virtually every aspect of your music production from the Launchkey, including software instruments, effects, and mixer parameters.

The Launchkey 61 also supports MIDI out, allowing you to control external hardware synthesizers and samplers with ease. The device is class-compliant, meaning that it works with most music software and hardware without the need for additional drivers or software installations.

One of the most unique features of the Launchkey 61 is its RGB velocity-sensitive drum pads, which provide instant feedback and visual cues for your drum programming. You can easily switch between drum modes, and the pads light up to show you which drums are currently active. The Launchkey also includes a comprehensive arpeggiator, which can be easily synced to your DAW and used to create complex rhythms and beats.

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned musician, the Novation Launchkey 61 MIDI device offers an unparalleled opportunity to take your music production to the next level. Its exceptional build quality, intuitive interface, and versatile features make it a must-have for anyone looking to create music in a more exciting and dynamic way.

Novation Launchkey 61 properties

Product name Launchkey 61
Brand Novation
Type Keyboard Instruments
Keyboard Instrument MIDI Keyboard
Drawbars/Sliders Yes
Pads Yes
Rotary Controls Yes
Colour Black

Additional information


Product type

Keyboard Instrument



Rotary Controls



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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I properly connect and configure a Novation Launchkey 61 MIDI keyboard to my computer's DAW software for optimal performance?

Here are the general steps for connecting and configuring a Novation Launchkey 61 MIDI keyboard with your computer's DAW software:

1. Connect the keyboard:
- First, ensure that both your computer and the Launchkey 61 are powered on. Use the USB cable included with the keyboard to connect it to a USB port on your computer. If you want to use external power, connect the AC adapter (sold separately) to the power input on the back of the keyboard. Install the driver:
- Go to the Novation website and download the latest drivers for your operating system from the support section. Double-click the downloaded file to install the driver software. Follow the prompts to complete the installation process. Launch your DAW software:
- Open your preferred DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, such as Ableton Live or Logic Pro X. Make sure that your DAW is set up to recognize MIDI input from external devices. Assign the MIDI channel:
- On the Launchkey 61, press and hold the "SHIFT" button and then press the "CHAN" button to access the MIDI channel selection menu. Use the numbered buttons to select the desired MIDI channel for your keyboard. Press the "SHIFT" button again to save your selection. Map the functions:
- In your DAW software, open the MIDI mapping or automation section. Assign each knob, fader, and button on the Launchkey 61 to its corresponding function in your DAW software. You can also customize the behavior of each control by adjusting parameters such as range, curve, and value. Test the connection:
- Play a note or chord on the keyboard to confirm that it's sending MIDI data to your DAW software. Adjust the volume, panning, or effects using the faders, knobs, and buttons on the Launchkey 61 to verify that they're working correctly. Save your settings:
- Once you're satisfied with the mapping and configuration, save your DAW project and exit the software. You can also save your MIDI mapping presets within your DAW software for future use. Cleaning and maintenance:
- Regularly clean the keyboard using a soft, dry cloth to prevent dust and debris from accumulating. Avoid exposing the keyboard to extreme temperatures or humidity, as this can damage the internal components. Store the keyboard in a safe and secure location when not in use to prevent accidental damage or theft.

How can I adjust the velocity sensitivity settings on my Novation Launchkey 61 keyboard?

To adjust the velocity sensitivity settings on your Novation Launchkey 61 keyboard, follow these steps:

1. Connect your Launchkey 61 to your computer using a USB cable. Open the "Novation Components" application that should have installed automatically when you connected your device for the first time. In the top left corner of the Novation Components window, click on the "Device" drop-down menu and select "Launchkey 61". In the center panel, under "MIDI", click on the "Velocity Sensitivity" drop-down menu and choose a setting between 5 (minimum) and 127 (maximum). Click "Apply" in the bottom right corner to save your changes. Note: If you don't see the Novation Components application on your computer, it may have been blocked by your antivirus software or firewall. In this case, add an exception for "Novation Components.