Novation Launchkey Mini MK3

25-Key USB Mini Keyboard

  • Optimised for controlling Ableton Live
  • 16 Velocity-sensitive RGB pads
  • 8 Rotary controllers
  • Touch-sensitive strips for pitch and modulation
  • Arpeggiator
  • Fixed Chord Mode - One Finger Chord Automatic
  • Buttons for recording, playback, stop / solo / mute and octave switching
  • MIDI output: 3.5 mm mini jack
  • USB
  • Sustain pedal input
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 330 x 41 x 172 mm
  • Weight: 689 g
  • USB cable and software bundle included

Further Information

Aftertouch No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 8
Fader (Amount) 0
Pads 16
Display No
MIDI interface 1x Out
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation No
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered Yes

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A great midi keyboard for Ableton
Ciaran C, 07.07.2021
Here's my review for the Novation Launchkey Mini MK3:

Pros:
- Ableton. Really helped my workflow in Ableton for sure. There's just so much it can do. I recommend reading the manual and watching tutorials on Youtube so you can use all the features. Great for a jam session.
- Lightweight, and very portable
- Pads are responsive to light touch
- Keys are small, but playable. Better than I expected.
- The coloured lights are a cool feature. They add a vibe for sure.
- The mod wheel and pitch bend strips work well. It takes some getting used to if you're used to a mod wheel, but it saves space.
- Comes with great included software, including Ableton Live Lite and a choice of one of the 4 Addictive Keys (I chose Mark One).
- It came triple boxed (thumbs up for Thomann.de, excellent service as always).

Cons:
- The build quality is a little light to match the light weight. Would recommend buying a bag for it.
- Pads are a little stiff to the touch.
- The buttons are a little flimsy but work well.
- Would be nice if the knobs were endless encoders, but this hasn't been a big issue for me.
- Velocity on the keys can be a little jumpy at times (noticed this on the black keys).

Overall:
- A great midi keyboard, especially for the price. It has so much going for it that I'd happily overlook the above cons.
- Highly recommend if you're an Ableton user.
- The portability is amazing.
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The absolute best in the 100 bucks pricetag
suseJattack, 05.09.2020
This keyboard is, in my humble opinion, the best in its price range. I have tried the most famous ones like the Akai, some M-Audio ones and the Nektar Impact lineup, but this is by far the best.

The layout is absolutely gorgeous, which may not be needed to make music, but I personally think it is important that your gear is beautiful, and I find this keyboard quite aesthetically pleasing.

For Ableton users this is a no-brainer, since the amount of features you get to handle the software are absolutely insane. Despite that, Novation have taken other DAW users into consideration and brought up some nice features and add-ons for non Ableton users.

Technically speaking, I am no expert, but I find the keybed much more confortable to play than the other ones and the pots are nice. They wobble a bit but can't ask much.

I find the slider-type modulation and pitch wheels much more comfortable to use than the real thing. Also, they show no bump since they are flat with the surface, so I think it is a great design decision.

The pads are no special good in quality concerns (also not special bad, either, they work absolutely fine), but the device comes with a piece of sofware (Components) that lets you program every single pad and pot in every possible way, which I find absolutely amazing.

Speaking of software, at the beginning, they let you download everything that you get from the device from a nice landing page, so it is very easy to get everything set up.

All in all, I think you don't give up in anything with this device, while still keeping it cheap. Can't imagine how good their higher end devices may be.
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Novation quality and value mini 25 key TRS midi
SynthMind, 04.01.2021
I've used my MK3 keyboard for producing on my iPad and Windows DAW, for six months or more with no complaints.
The keys, tho mini keys, enable chords and flourishes of notes.
You can enjoy the brilliant arpeggiator with all it's variations, or assign chords making them a breeze to play. Hold on! What about the velocity and feel of the keys? They're what you would expect in terms of size from mini keys, so they’re not great for people who prefer full size keys, but I have no problem with these on the MK3, they feel responsive with a balanced velocity and are fun and playable. The same for the drum pads, which are great!
Ableton Live users will be delighted with the integration and pad LED colour coding.
The free software licenses are very useful instruments.
My favourite feature is the TRS midi out which I use the play my Crave synth live.
Th 8 knobs at the top allow for quick midi learn function in any software or digital hardware synths, and really make your performances fun!

Pros:
Size is mobile and studio friendly. Features: TRS midi type A.
Touch slider Pitch and Mod.
Cons: Power is over 100Ma which means iPad cannot power this keyboard directly. There needs to be an option to switch off all LED’s, then a direct to iOS without the need of USB hubs would be better.
No bluetooth connectivity. If only this had BT, it would outsell Korgs Nano Key Studio which in my opinion has less playable keys, otherwise it’s maybe better choice if you need bluetooth and smaller device.
Overall the Novation MK3 is a really great mini midi keyboard and I will continue to enjoy using it. Looks great and the build quality is practically flawless and it's light and portable making great for mobile and live performances.
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Shadowalk, 11.05.2021
One of the best portable midi controller for sure, especially if you are a Ableton user
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