Tired: controllers that need computers to operate. Wired (literally): controllers that work happily standalone. MIDI, CV – all good.

I’m still bleary-eyed but happy after a day yesterday of overwhelmingly cool Novation Launchpad Pro hacks, most of them standalone. The idea: hack into the firmware, and make the Launchpad Pro do whatever you want in your rig.

Now, today, Novation themselves are out with clever videos showing off the fact that a firmware update has made the Launch Control and Launch Control XL work on their own. (Note the the Launchpad Pro is preferable in that it has onboard MIDI. The other devices still require a USB host.) I think this is exceptional, partly because it extends the live of all these controllers that tend to accumulate.

The video at top shows the LaunchControl XL in action with Eurorack modular. The secret sauce here is Expert Sleepers’ FH1 module:

http://expert-sleepers.co.uk/fh1.html

Here, this works as step sequencer and fader controller. Good stuff – and further evidence that the old categories of analog and digital, computer and controller, outboard hardware and accessory are all blurring together into whatever happens to make you happy.

I got a quick look at this rig yesterday at Novation’s London offices:

launchmodular

There’s also a video showing off standalone hardware – in case you don’t own the drool-worthy modular rig at top (I know I don’t).

Following a recent firmware development for Launch Control and Launch Control XL, both devices can now be used to control external hardware without a computer, using a USB host-to-MIDI converter — such as the Kenton MIDI USB Host, or iConnectMIDI 4+ — to provide full MIDI implementation, with standard 5-pin DIN connection.

This is a huge development for hardware users who love the amount of controls that the Launch series offers, but who do not want or need a computer in their setup.

Here, CALC is using the Launch Control XL and Kenton MIDI USB Host to control his the Elektron Octatrack.

More:
http://www.novationmusic.com/launch/launch-control-xl

And that new download

  • Kris Keyser

    On the http://beta.novationmusic.com/ page I only see the LaunchControl XL listed as supporting this new firmware- has it been confirmed to work with the smaller LaunchControl?

    • John Loftus

      From the story:

      “Following a recent firmware development for Launch Control and Launch Control XL, both devices can now be used to control external hardware without a computer, using a USB host-to-MIDI converter”

      More:

      http://www
      .novationmusic.com/community/news/new-launch-control-standalone-midi-implementation

  • Kris Keyser

    On the http://beta.novationmusic.com/ page I only see the LaunchControl XL listed as supporting this new firmware- has it been confirmed to work with the smaller LaunchControl?

    • John Loftus

      From the story:

      “Following a recent firmware development for Launch Control and Launch Control XL, both devices can now be used to control external hardware without a computer, using a USB host-to-MIDI converter”

      More:

      http://www
      .novationmusic.com/community/news/new-launch-control-standalone-midi-implementation

  • silli

    interesting.. i read: those devices weren’t fully class compliant before. funny how they turn that into a new feature 🙂 (love my launchcontrol btw)

    • Yes, exactly, I’m not sure precisely what was missing previously since they were theoretically class-compliant.

  • silli

    interesting.. i read: those devices weren’t fully class compliant before. funny how they turn that into a new feature 🙂 (love my launchcontrol btw)

    • Yes, exactly, I’m not sure precisely what was missing previously since they were theoretically class-compliant.

  • Genjutsushi

    good news, but the Launchcontrol XL still needs the £80 Kenton USB device to make it into a useful standalone controller…

    • Right, better to have something with onboard MIDI, like the Launchpad Pro. I also hope this minijack thing catches on, as it solves the form factor challenge, at least.

  • Genjutsushi

    good news, but the Launchcontrol XL still needs the £80 Kenton USB device to make it into a useful standalone controller…

    • Right, better to have something with onboard MIDI, like the Launchpad Pro. I also hope this minijack thing catches on, as it solves the form factor challenge, at least.

  • Steve Conrad

    Grab an older Novation XStation, and do all above plus have an iPad / OSX/Win 24bit audio interface, http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/sep04/articles/xstation25.htm

  • Steve Conrad

    Grab an older Novation XStation, and do all above plus have an iPad / OSX/Win 24bit audio interface, http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/sep04/articles/xstation25.htm

  • Polite Society

    Oh, well that’s nice. I had already bought and XL and planned on doing just this, but didn’t know it didn’t work until now 😛 Good thing it took me a while to get my templates set up and my midi host box working properly.

  • Polite Society

    Oh, well that’s nice. I had already bought and XL and planned on doing just this, but didn’t know it didn’t work until now 😛 Good thing it took me a while to get my templates set up and my midi host box working properly.

  • Polite Society

    By the way, if anyone runs into buffer out of memory issues when loading the sysex file, changing my buffer to 64kb and 2 buffers did the trick for me. Also make sure you don’t have something else open using your midi ports.

  • Polite Society

    By the way, if anyone runs into buffer out of memory issues when loading the sysex file, changing my buffer to 64kb and 2 buffers did the trick for me. Also make sure you don’t have something else open using your midi ports.

  • Loowfizzz

    The endorphin.es shuttle control is also a great device for connecting any usb midi device with modulars…
    http://endorphin.es/assets/endorphin.es_shuttle_control_manual.pdf

  • Loowfizzz

    The endorphin.es shuttle control is also a great device for connecting any usb midi device with modulars…
    http://endorphin.es/assets/endorphin.es_shuttle_control_manual.pdf