Original ideas are hard, very hard to come by.
The creators of the monome were onto something big when they created their groundbreaking hardware controller.
Why? because another Monome 64 clone controller for Ableton has been launched, this time coming from Novation. It is called Launchpad, and it is looks even more like the monome 64 than the infamous Akai APC40. Unlike the Akai APC40, Novation’s Launchpad doesn’t have any sliders or knobs to complement the 8×8 button grid.
Launchpad sure looks sexy, but i wonder if it has the same functionality as the APC40, but i don’t think this will matter since the unit will retail for under $200 brand new..
Yes.. you read that correctly.. under $200 NEW!
I suspect everyone and their mother is going to have a Launchpad..
Sure, Launchpad is no competition to the monome, but it is a matter of time before the unit’s handshaking is hacked and Launchpad is able to run monome apps, just like the APC40.
One of the big pluses of Launch pad is that up to 6 controllers can be used simultaneously in Ableton to control multiple aspects of the software.. so for the price of one used monome 64 i can get two or three brand new three launchpads!
I am glad i didn’t purchase an APC40 or a monome..
More information about Novations Launchpad can be found here
Someone already made a video of Launchpad:
Here is a tutorial video explaining how you can use multiple Launchpad controllers in Ableton