Newton’s third law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. And in a week where Novation supersized their Launchpad range, they also went in the complete opposite direction and shrunk down their Launchpad app for iPad into the pocket-sized iPhone. And it’s free.
More words from Novation’s clearly busy PR department:
Launchpad on Your iPhone
Novation update Launchpad App for use on iPhone
Launchpad App lets you easily make and remix beats and electronic music on your iPad, then record and share your performances online. Now, in the version 1.6 upgrade, you can do it all on your iPhone too.
Launch up to eight loops at a time using a special 8×6 version of the famous Launchpad grid, used by countless artists around the world. Experiment with ready-to-perform sessions from a variety of genres, download the hottest new Launchpacks 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 music has never been so much fun!
Launchpad App at a Glance
- Create and remix electronic music by combining loops and sounds from a huge catalogue of free, world-class Loopmasters content
- Perform a unique set with powerful, dynamic DJ effects
- Record and share your performances with your friends
- Download cutting-edge soundpacks to inspire new creations
- Create unique tracks by importing your own sounds (iPad only)
- Connect the app to your Novation Launchpad hardware for ultimate tactile control (iPad only)
THERE GOES THE DAY
As part of my ‘be better at stuff’ plan, I generally start the day with a to-do list of three items. Today however, the top item was ‘launchpad article’. The rest was completely out the window once I’d downloaded and fired up the app. I’m not going to spend a heap of time going over this because you can just download it and play for yourself. But be warned — your day will disappear into nowhere as you get hooked.
The basics are simple — Launchpad is made up of a bunch of pads, each with loops or one-shot samples loaded into them. These sounds are supplied in kits, of which there are eight supplied with the app, and more available via in-app purchase (£1.49 each). It’s as easy as loading in a set and start creating music by hitting loops and samples. The ever-so tiny text on the yellow buttons tells you what’s what. I needed my glasses to use it properly.
Everything is beat matched as well, so when you drop another loop in, it falls on the one, which for me makes this immediately accessible to everyone and not just those who understand music and have good timing. But that’s not all — once you’re hooked, you can apply delay, gates, loop rolls and filters via a very intuitive interface. And to top it off, you can record live mixes into the app to share with the world.
For the advanced users, Launchpad for iPhone also uses Audiobus technology to feed your Launchpad creations into other Audiobus enabled apps.
For me, Launchpad for iPhone is the ideal toe-dipper of an application for those who still find themselves a little lost in the wider world of production and performance. It suddenly makes sense of the basics of software like Ableton and how that works with hardware like Launchpad.
Hats off to Novation — Launchpad for iPhone is the most engaging fun I’ve had in a while. Ultimately, it’s a free, fun, and intuitive music maker for your iPhone. Grab it now and kiss goodbye to your to-do list for the rest of the day.