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As an Ableton 9 user, I should have researched this better. Unfortunately the manufacturer makes an extra effort to make certain features non-compatible with Ableton versions previous to Ableton 10. You can still map post of the parameters to work like you want them, but that means you will only be able to use the faders to control 9 tracks. As for the pads, you will only be able to map it so you can work with 9 tracks and two clips per track. Ableton 9 users will not be able to use the transport keys on the keyboard (play record, stop). I'm debating whether I want to spend $250 to upgrade to Ableton Live Version 11.
I actually bought this because I'm taking music theory and piano lessons, but I want all the features to work since some of the greatest music comes out when you're learning.
I did hook this up to an old Roland MC-909 and it works great as a traditional Midi controller. The sounds on my ancient MC-909 sound way better than any of the native instruments in Ableton 9 which all sound dull and quiet. A have a few other old devices that take a Midi in and I can't wait to try them with this keyboard.
All-in-all, it's a nice keyboard but I'm irritated with money grubbing companies like Ableton that charge for upgrades. I already paid hundreds of dollars for Ableton and shouldn't have to pay hundreds of dollars again
I work in I.T. and the instructions leave a lot to be desired. This is not a plug and play device. My 15 year old son wanted this but it was not something he could sit and play with out of the box. I need to do much research and learn this device with him in order to get it somewhat working, but by no means have we figured out 10% of what this thing can do.
First im not any kind of musician. Bought it more as a toy for occasional noodling. The overall experience isn't great. It's a bit Hit and miss if the software recognizes it. You have to download so much crapware/bloat. Its not really plug and play with abelton lite. Most of the software is pretty flakey. Irritating, badly designed and glitchy with dell xps 15 with an i7 and 16gb ram.
The novation launchkey mini mk3 is great for beginners. It provides a starting pathway to produce music. However, there are barely any instructions about how to use its software, unless you want to spend a lot of money taking a class on how to use the software. This leaves the average beginner or person to have to figure it out for him or herself. With that being said, there is a lag issue that the user has to deal with in the settings, but even then, there is still a slight lag from when you press the key or pad and when you hear it from the computer. Because of that, I highly suggest using the Quantize feature in your software.
I dont know much about this other than it comes with it's own software to create music on. I needed a midi for Fl Studio and everytime I plugged in the keyboard my Fl Studio program froze. Apparently this is NOT the keyboard for FL. NOVATION LIVE OR NOVATION LITE IS THE PROGRAM FOR THIS KEYBOARD
I was looking for a small midi and it is that. Its really compact and feels great. The keys are really small though so if you have big fingers this would be a no. If you are a real pianist you won't enjoy this product. If you use Fl Studio this midi will make you frustrated as it is not really designed for FL. I wish i knew that before i got it. The software that comes with it does not really show you how to change the light settings. Had to youtube it. This is nice but I wasnt as excited as i was before I bought it.
I had the previous iteration of this keyboard (MK2) and I loved it. It was a great mobile MIDI keyboard for general use. But this one is just covered in Ableton-specific labels. I don't use Ableton and it's pointless and distracting. I should have found a used MK2.
Only get 30 days to return product?? . Not a happy Camper. This was supposed to be a gift for my niece and since she doesn’t have the right computer software for it, it won’t work. I would like to return and get my money back and look for a more suitable (easy to use) product
I'm a disappointed with both the quality of the product and its software integration. I bought it after seeing all the influencers promote it online, I guess I should have known better. The biggist drawback is the pads sensitivity, it's terrible.