Launchpad update – Novation add MIDI Clock sync via IAP

Novation Launchpad - Novationlaunchpad logo new 2I posted a full review of Novation’s Launchpad when it was first released back in spring 2013. For those that like to mix and match loops as a creative music making option, Launchpad is a brilliant concept and, as the basic app is free to download, you can give it a try without having to make any commitment to a long term relationship.

Novation have kept up a pretty good pace of updates with the app and it has gained new loop content (via IAPs) and also the ability to load your own samples (again via an IAP) since then. Further updates have added some excellent new FX options via some inexpensive IAPs.

If you like to get creative by mashing together few loops, then launchpad is well worth a look.

If you like to get creative by mashing together few loops, then Launchpad is well worth a look.

Novation are back today with a further update. This includes the usual round of bugfixes but there are also some new things. First, the app now includes support for AudioCopy Multi-Paste when you are importing audio files (I assume this requires the audio import IAP and, at present, it is iPad-only).

Second – and this is the thing that might be of most interest – there is a further IAP that adds support for MIDI Clock Sync. You can send (but not receive) MIDI Clock data to other apps or external MIDI ports.  There are options for triggering playback in the sync’ed apps and an offset option to help deal with minor latency within the system. I’ve not had a chance to try the new IAP at yet but I’m sure this will open up Launchpad to a while new bunch of potential users and applications…  so it is a welcome addition. perhaps the only disappointment is that the IAP doesn’t also include support for Ableton Link…  here’s hoping that that is also in development…..

The latest IAP adds support for MIDI Clock Sync....

The latest IAP adds support for MIDI Clock Sync….

As Launchpad is free, I don’t think we can have too many complaints about the IAP model to get access to the more sophisticated features. Potential users have nothing to lose; just download it and explore…  and, if they like what they find, they can invest further. However, the app is excellent in its own right and it has a super-intuitive user interface. Well worth checking out if you like to throw a few loops together and see what musical inspiration might result….


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    1. As a long time user of Novation Launchpad, I bought the midi IAP without really looking, expecting it to be their version of Ableton Link. But so far I’m seriously disappointed and wish I hadn’t bothered. Without tempo sync, the IAP is of limited use. Also, why couldn’t they just add Ableton Link and make customers lives easier?

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