Novation Launchkey 88 MK3


Discover the limitless possibilities of music creation with the seamless integration and intuitive control of the Novation Launchkey 88 MK3 MIDI device.



The Novation Launchkey 88 MK3 MIDI device is a professional-grade keyboard controller designed specifically for musicians, producers, and live performers. With its robust build quality, intuitive layout, and powerful features, it’s the perfect tool for creating all kinds of electronic music and controlling your favorite software instruments and effects.

At the heart of the Launchkey 88 MK3 is a fully-weighted, velocity-sensitive keybed that feels incredibly responsive and natural to play. With 88 keys to work with, you have plenty of range to explore and perform with, whether you’re playing live or creating in the studio. The keys themselves are also backlit with RGB lighting, making it easy to see in low-light situations.

The Launchkey 88 MK3 also features a wealth of controls for creating and shaping your music. There are nine faders, eight rotary knobs, and eight pads, each of which can be assigned to control various functions in your software of choice. Whether you want to adjust the volume of a track, tweak a filter cutoff, or trigger a drum sample, these controls make it easy to do so on the fly.

One standout feature of the Launchkey 88 MK3 is its integration with Ableton Live, a popular DAW for electronic musicians. With a dedicated button for switching modes, you can easily switch between controlling your software instruments and effects, and navigating your Live set. The device also comes with a suite of software, including Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation’s Bass Station and V Station synth plugins, and more, so you can get started creating right out of the box.

Another powerful feature of the Launchkey 88 MK3 is its arpeggiator and chord mode. With the press of a button, you can quickly generate complex arpeggiations or play chords with just one finger, making it easy to create complex, harmonically-rich patterns. The device also features a scale mode, which restricts the notes you can play to a specific key and scale, helping you stay in key and creating great-sounding melodies.

Overall, the Novation Launchkey 88 MK3 is an impressive device that offers a lot of functionality for musicians, producers, and live performers. With its robust build quality, intuitive layout, and powerful features, it’s a great investment for anyone looking to take their electronic music creation to the next level.

Novation Launchkey 88 MK3 properties

Product name Novation Launchkey 88 MK3
Brand Novation
Type MIDI Keyboards
Keys Yes
Number of Keys 88 pcs
Drawbars/Sliders Yes
Pads Yes
Rotary Controls Yes
Modulation Wheel Yes
Pre-Programmed Rythms No
Pre-Programmed Songs No
Pre-Programmed Sounds No
Pre-Programmed Drumset No
Pre-Programmed Effects No
Built-In Tuner No
Connections MIDI, USB
Colour Black
Power Supply USB

Additional information


Product type


Number of Keys



Rotary Controls

Modulation Wheel

Pre-Programmed Rythms

Pre-Programmed Songs

Pre-Programmed Sounds

Pre-Programmed Drumset

Pre-Programmed Effects

Built-in Tuner




Power Supply


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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I properly connect and map the Novation Launchkey 88 MK3 MIDI keyboard to my digital audio workstation software for seamless integration of its keys, pads, and knobs?

Firstly, ensure that your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software is compatible with the Novation Launchkey 88 MK3. Most popular DAWs like Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, FL Studio, and Cubase have drivers specifically designed for this keyboard. Connect the Launchkey 88 MK3 to your computer using a USB cable. The keyboard will power on automatically when connected. Launch your DAW software and go to its Preferences or Options menu. Select the MIDI tab and ensure that 'Novation' is selected under the MIDI interface list. Inside your DAW, create a new session or open an existing one. The keyboard will automatically be recognized by the software and you should see all of its functions lit up on the screen. Assign MIDI notes to the keys of the Launchkey 88 MK3 by going to your DAW's MIDI mapping section. Select 'Launchkey 88 MK3' under the list of connected devices. Then, map each key to its corresponding MIDI note by clicking and dragging from the key on the keyboard to the note in the DAW. Map the pads and knobs of the Launchkey 88 MK3 by following a similar process. Select the pad or knob you want to map, then click and drag it to its corresponding function within your DAW. Save your session and exit your DAW. The Launchkey 88 MK3 should now be fully integrated into your setup, providing seamless control over your DAW's functions. Note: If you encounter any issues during the mapping process, consult your DAW's user manual for further instructions or contact Novation's customer support for assistance.

How does the Novation Launchkey 88 MK3's aftertouch feature differ from other MIDI keyboards in terms of control and expression capabilities?

The Novation Launchkey 88 MK3 stands out among other MIDI keyboards due to its advanced aftertouch feature. While many keyboards offer some form of aftertouch, the Launchkey 88 MK3 takes it to a new level with its high-resolution, per-key pressure and aftertouch sensors. This allows for unprecedented levels of control and expression over each note played, allowing musicians to create complex and nuanced performances with greater precision and detail than ever before. Additionally, the Launchkey 88 MK3's aftertouch can be assigned to a variety of parameters in software, providing endless possibilities for manipulation and experimentation. Overall, the Launchkey 88 MK3's aftertouch feature is a game-changer for those seeking the ultimate level of control and expression in their MIDI keyboard setup.

How do I properly connect and configure the Novation Launchkey 88 MK3 MIDI keyboard to my music production software for optimal performance and functionality?

Connect the Launchkey 88 MK3 to your computer using the provided USB cable. Make sure your computer recognizes the device by checking the list of connected devices in your operating system's settings. Launch your music production software (such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, or FL Studio). In your software, open the MIDI preferences or settings menu and select "Novation" as the manufacturer and "Launchkey 88 MK3" as the specific device model. This will ensure that your software recognizes the Launchkey 88 MK3 and is able to communicate with it. Configure the assignments of each knob, fader, and button on the Launchkey 88 MK3 to correspond with the functions you want in your music production software. You can do this by navigating to the "MIDI mapping" or "Controller Assignment" menu within your software. Customize the sensitivity and behavior of each control using the "MIDI Learn" feature, which allows you to assign a specific MIDI value or range to each knob, fader, or button based on your preferences. Test the functionality of the Launchkey 88 MK3 by playing notes on the keyboard or triggering functions using the knobs and buttons. Make sure everything is working as expected and adjust any settings or assignments as necessary. Save your MIDI mapping configuration to ensure that all of your settings are preserved and can be easily loaded in future sessions. This will allow you to quickly and easily return to your preferred setup and minimize the need for repetitive configuration.