While mobile devices might not be quite accepted as a key part of a DJ and performers life just yet, that doesn’t stop key companies from beavering on with their splendid endeavours. One such company is Novation, who not content with leaving their Launchpad product as hardware only managed to create a free iPad app that is a self contained music making world. The latest v1.11 adds effects via in-app purchases.

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Make Every Tune Unique

Novation releases Launchpad for iPad update with new Performance FX

Launchpad for iOS lets you easily make and remix beats and electronic music on your iPad, then record and share your performances online. Now, in the version 1.11 upgrade, you get a range of powerful fx available as In-App Purchases.

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Novation understands what it takes to produce great electronic music. All those late nights searching for perfect beats, memorable chords and unforgettable sounds. Then comes the point where you need to create a sense of structure and climax, to hit that sonic sweet spot. That’s why they’ve added Performance FX, to help build tension in your musical performances; to make them unique.

Performance FX are four powerful Launchpad for iPad In-App Purchase add-ons, designed to make your Launchpad performances stand out.

Launchpad is an easy-to-use music making and remixing app for iOS.  The app has ready-to-perform sessions spanning a range of different musical genres, and now it’s possible to add powerful effects to make your own tunes truly unique. Stutter and Gater FX repeat and chop up the sound creating builds and fills. An enhanced Autofilter brings powerful filtering to FX Pads for breakdowns. The new Delay FX, adds a hint of vintage dub character to hits and breakdowns.

Performance FX at a glance:

  • New Delay FX and Gater FX, create stunning fills and breakdowns
  • Enhanced Stutter FX and Autofilter FX, add movement and dynamics to your music
  • FX Pads have new animated graphics, focusing you on your performance
  • A new Edit FX screen lets you tweak and perform your FX
  • Track FX routing lets you target fx to specific tracks such as vocals, or drums
  • Fully tweakable FX parameters for deep customisation


  • Stutter FX  $1.99 / £1.49
  • Autofilter FX  $2.99 / £2.29
  • Delay FX  $4.99 / £3.99
  • Gater FX  $2.99 / £2.29

About Launchpad for iOS

Launchpad for iOS has become one of the most successful music making apps for iOS. Introduced over a year ago, the app has achieved well over 2 million downloads, and is used everyday by countless music makers and remixers across the globe.

Launchpad lets you easily make and remix beats and electronic music on your iPad or iPhone, then record and share your performances online.

Launch up to eight loops at a time using a special 8×6 version of the famous Launchpad grid. Experiment with ready-to-perform sessions from a variety of genres, download the hottest new Soundpacks to expand your collection, or make custom sessions with your own sounds on iPad.

Built-in time stretching and synchronisation keep your loops locked in time, whilst you use volume sliders and filters to control your mix on iPad, and dynamic filter, gater, stutter and delay FX on iPhone.

Making and remixing music has never been so much fun.

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Launchpad for iPad – free to a point

I guess we have Apple to thank for a lot of things, including the popularity of the in-app purchase. This can be a blessing (hurrah for having the option to add things you only might want) or a curse (charging for essentials under the guise of a free app). But seeing as Launchpad for iPad if fully functional without these extra effects, I’m happy to see Novation go down this route, especially when a heap of cool effects will only set you back a tenner.