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I bought this because of the Ableton integration but find myself going back to use keyboard and mouse because it is a lot quicker. There are many features on this keyboard which i personally dont use despite thinking I might use them after watching YouTube videos. I do not use the drum pads, the arp or chord modes all of which sound good on paper but you just end up having to click lots of buttons but can do a lot quicker in Ableton. If only you could design your own ideal features.
As a USB keyboard, this one has quite a few crazy, unusual features (chord and arp, for instance) but it does not come with the midi cable (remember, here its not a straight normal din to din midi cable- its some wacko mole 3.5 to midi thing, so it should be supplied with it no questions asked). what i am saying is it is a mixed bag... it needs to have the specialist midi cable with it cos trust me, its still not obvious what it uses. also, i dunno if thats the prob, or something else. i do like how it sorta has its own id key or whatever stuck to it, so there is a bit less nonsense registering it, but it needs its midi cable thing sold with it! its not rocket science, novation- just think of the buyers you wanna sell your stuff to. not a strange idea at all, just make sure it works out of the box, without any bizarre glitches or need for software or firmware edits or anything.
MIDIキーボードとしてはとても完成度が高いです。 必要なボタンがうまく配列されており、ＤＡＷと連動して使用することをよく考えられています。 キータッチはやや柔らかめで、普段ピアノを弾かない人にも優しい作りとなっています。ハンマーアクションのキーボードとは比べられませんが、このクラスのMIDIキーボードの中では弾き心地の良い鍵盤です。 アルペジエーターにはあまり期待していなかったのですが、これがなかなかに便利です。新たなフレーズのインスピレーション源として良く活用しています。 付属のソフトウェアでは、特にSoftube Time And Tone バンドルとXLN Audio Addictive Keysが良いです。この２つのソフトウェアだけでも１万円くらいの価値はあると思います。
I own the mini MK2 and this is definitely quite the upgrade with tons of new features that make it great for producing, such as arpegio and the ability to change beat, rhythm, and pattern. They also have added pitch and modulation wheels and dedicated buttons for playing and recording. They also improved the sensitivity of the keys and the drum pads, so you no longer have to slam on it as hard as on the MK2.
However, I use my Launchkeys for live looping and the way they changed some features makes it less than ideal for commonly used features while live looping. There are no longer dedicated buttons for features that the MK2 has. For example, in order to switch to "In Control" mode, you have to hold down the new "Shift" button while simultaneously pressing another button. Another example is the track buttons for switching through tracks left and right. In order to do this, you have to hold down the "Shift" button as well, but what makes matters worse is that the track buttons are on the other side of the keyboard from the "Shift" button. I like to do live loops during my performances, so I switch tracks quite often, but this is no longer feasible with the MK3 since I have to use both hands to switch tracks, which leaves me with no free hands to continue playing on the keys. I can see this becoming a common complaint for the MK3, so hopefully they release a firmware update that enables some sort of "Caps Lock" mode that keeps the "Shift" button enabled without having to hold it down.