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Novation Launch Control XL MIDI Controller


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Quick Overview

Start creating music straight from the box with Novation's Launch Control XL Midi Controller. 

Novation Launch Control XL MIDI Controller


Novation Launch Control XL is a sturdy, lightweight controller exclusively designed for use with Ableton Live. The unit consists of 24 knobs, 16 buttons, and 8 faders. The purpose of the controller is for the user to focus their attention on their music rather than the laptop. When the console is combined with Launchpad’s 64-button grid, more control over Ableton Live’s features is provided. This includes complete real-time management of Ableton Live’s session view, effects, mixer, and instruments.

With Launch Control’s latest firmware release the controller now works through any DAW that it supports HUI. This means that the unit is now no longer exclusive to Ableton Live and additionally can be used with Cubase, Logic, and Pro Tools. This provides greater control and flexibility to its users. The update allows for mapping its buttons, rotaries and sliders to the mixers pan pots, mute and solo buttons, volume faders and more.

Control XL's Layout

The sturdy, robust and slim line unit is ideal for users on the go. It is the perfect size and weight to carry in a bag and durable enough when being used in rigorous live situations. The controller contains a series of knobs, buttons, and faders.

The top half of the unit carries the 24 knobs which are arranged in three rows. These are in the same layout that reflects the Ableton Live’s mixer. Each of the knobs have multi-coloured LEDs that light up to indicate the difference between EQs, sends or any other device, to the user. Under the rotary pots are eight, 60mm, durable faders that provide precise control over the levels. Under the faders are 16 multi-coloured buttons that provide mixer control and focus on the track. All of the features can be assigned to any of the parameters in Ableton Live, to allow the user to create their own layout. The knobs can be customised with colours, and mappings can be switched between the users own or the in-built functions within Live.

Finally, the console is USB bus-powered which means it can be plugged in and played wherever the user is, eliminating the need for a power supply.

DAW supporting HUI

With Novation Launch Control XL’s latest firmware release the controller is now enabled to manage Cubase, Logic, and Pro Tools in addition to the renowned Ableton Live.  When in HUI mode the bottom row of buttons Mute, Solo or Record Arm, the sliders above them connect straight to the DAW mixer’s volume faders. Also, the buttons above the faders control pan and five sends, the track select buttons jump between banks of eight tracks/channels and the very top row of dials are MIDI-mappable (ready for the user to assign as they wish).


The Control XL can be connected to a Windows, Mac or iOS operating device.  It is also MIDI-compatible so control can be gained for iOS music software.  The only requirement to enable this is a Camera Connection kit.

Included with Launch Control XL is Ableton Live Lite, as well as an array of free samples from Loopmasters.

Product Hardware Specifications

  • Knobs: 24 rotary pots
  • Faders: Eight 60mm Faders
  • 24 assignable buttons
  • 2 template switch buttons
  • 26 LEDs in the buttons and 24 LEDs under the knobs
  • Kensington security slot


Product Compatibility

  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7
  • iOS 7, 6 
  • USB-MIDI class compliant
  • Live 9.1.3 or later required (As with all new products with Ableton Live support, Ableton provide support only for the latest version of the latest generation of Live)


Product Dimensions

  • 239mm width x 239mm depth x 22mm height (39mm inc knobs)


Product Power Requirements

  • Launch Control is powered via USB bus power


What's in the box?

Box Contents

  • Launch Control XL
  • Printed Quick Start Guide
  • 1.5 metre orange USB cable


Included Software

  • Ableton Live Lite 9
  • MIDI Controller Editor software
  • 1 GB of Loopmasters sample content

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