NOVATION LAUNCHPAD PRO





for VirtualDJ 2018
Last Update : October 2018

 

SETUP


Drivers


Windows (only): Download and install the Novation USB Driver from http://us.novationmusic.com/support/product-downloads?product=Launchpad+Pro
No driver is required to be installed for Mac OSX computers.

Connect the unit’s USB socket with a USB port of your computer and the included DC Power adapter to an AC plug.

VirtualDJ Setup


Download and install VirtualDJ from http://www.virtualdj.com/download/index.html (in case you have not done already)

Once VirtualDJ is opened, a Connect Window will appear. Login with your virtualdj.com or your social media account’s credentials.

A Pro Infinity, a PLUS or a Pro Subscription License is required to use the Novation Launchpad Pro. Without any of the above Licenses, the unit will operate for 10 minutes each time you restart VirtualDJ.
http://www.virtualdj.com/buy/index.html



3 detection windows will appear next verifying the proper connection of the Launchpad Pro. Each one of the 3 devices represent a pair of Midi In/Out ports, and their functionality will be explained further in this manual.



Click to OK.on all 3 of them




The unit is now ready to operate.


MIDI SETUP


The unit should be visible in the CONTROLLERS tab of Config as 3 separate devices (Pro, Pro Standalone and Pro MidiIN) and the “factory default” available/selected from the Mappings drop-down list for each one of them.

The factory default Mapping of each device offers the functions described in this Manual, however those can be adjusted to your needs via VDJ Script actions.

Find more details at http://www.virtualdj.com/wiki/VDJscript.html



AUDIO SETUP


The unit is not offering any built-in audio interface and VirtualDJ will use your computer’s built-in sound card by default (if not any other is chosen).

Depending on the sound card you need to use, manually create the necessary Master and Headphones audio configuration. See more in Audio Setup of VirtualDJ Manual



For further software settings please refer to the User Guide of VirtualDJ 8.
http://www.virtualdj.com/manuals/virtualdj8/index.html
 

SAMPLER MODE


Press the top SESSION button, to set the device to Sampler mode (selected by default on start-up)



PADS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

1 to 64 PADS
Trigger * Sample 1 to 64 from the selected Sampler Bank. The led of each Pad will take the nearest available color of the Sample (as defined in Sampler Editor)

When Record Arm button (Bottom 1st) is enabled, the pad records a new sample and ads it to the same slot position in the Recording Bank
Stops the sample 1 to 64 of the selected Bank (useful when the Stutter or Un-mute trigger mode is selected)


* The Pads offer velocity. When enabled, the volume of the samples will be altered depending on how hard the pad is pressed. See further details at the Advanced Setup chapter


TOP BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

T1 ARROW UP
Select previous available Sampler Bank
T2 ARROW DOWN
Select next available Sampler Bank
T3 ARROW LEFT
Halves the loop size of the selected/current sampler (when it's set in Loop mode)
T4 ARROW RIGHT
Doubles the loop size of the selected/current sampler (when it's set in Loop mode)
T5 SESSION
Selects the current Sampler mode
T6 NOTE
Selects the Effects mode mode
T7 DEVICE
Selects the Mixer mode mode
T8 USER
Selects the User's mode mode



LEFT BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

L1 SHIFT
Press and hold down to access secondary actions, as described in the SHIFT ACTIONS column
L2 CLICK
Select the 'On/Off' Trigger Sampler mode.
L3 UNDO
Select the 'Hold' Trigger Sampler mode.
L4 DELETE
Select the 'Stutter' Trigger Sampler mode.
L5 QUANTIZE
Select the 'Un-Mute' Trigger Sampler mode.
L6 DUPLICATE
Not assigned
L7 DOUBLE
Not assigned.
L8 CIRCLE
Sets the selected/current sample to Loop mode


RIGHT BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

R1 to R7 ARROW
Quick Bank select buttons. Select the 1st to the 7th first available Banks of Sampler. Banks (next/previous) can be selected from the Top Down/Up Arrow buttons
R8 ARROW
Select the Recordings Sampler Bank


BOTTOM BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

B1 RECORD ARM
Enable Sampler Recording mode. When enabled, use Pads 1 to 64 to record a new sample to the corresponding slot of the Recordings Bank
B2 TRACK SELECT
Select the Trigger Pads view (led is bright) where Samples are shown in boxes in GUI, or the Detailed view where samples are listed along with other properties and controls, such as Volume, Loop Size and Controls, etc.
B3 MUTE
Not assigned
B4 SOLO
Not assigned.
B5 VOLUME
Press to select the Sampler Volume Controls mode (led will become bright). In this mode, the Pads control the Volumes of the Samples, as explained further.
Press again to return to the default Trigger Sampler view.
B6 PAN
Press to select the Sampler Group Volume Controls mode (led will become bright). In this mode, the Pads control the Volumes of the Groups of the selected Bank (if available), as explained further.
Press again to return to the default Trigger Sampler view.
B7 SENDS
When enabled (default - led is bright), audio signal from Sampler will be routed to the Headphones channel as well..
B8 STOP CLIP
Stops all currently playing samples.



SAMPLER VOLUME MODE


When in Sampler mode, use the VOLUME button at the bottom [B5] to set Pads to Volume Control.



In this mode, the 8 columns of Pads adjust the Volume of the 1st to 8th sample of the selected Sampler Bank. Press a pad inside the column of the corresponding sampler slot to gradually* adjust its Volume from the minimum (zero) - when lowest pad is pressed - to the maximum (volume 100%) - when the upper pad is pressed.

* The speed that the volume will increase/decrease to the set value, depends on the velocity (how hard the pad is initially pressed).

The Colors of the Pads in the same column will automatically get the color of the sample (1 to 8).

Note that if a sample (1 to 8) is assigned to a Sampler group, adjusting its volume will also adjust the volumes of all samples that are assigned to the same group. Sampler groups are defined in Sampler Editor.
If you wish to adjust the Volume of a single sample, without affecting the volumes of the other samples in the same group, use the right-side arrow buttons (R1 to R8) to select a block of samples (1 to 8, 9 to 16 ... etc up to 57 to 64). When all right-side arrow buttons are off, the Pads in the 8 columns will adjust the volume of all samples in the same group.

When in Sampler mode, use the PAN button at the bottom [B6] to set the 64 Pads to Volume Groups Control. In this mode, the 8 columns represent the volumes of the available sampler groups in the selected Sampler bank. If no groups are defined/assigned to any sample, the pads/columns will have no functionality.

 

EFFECTS MODE


Press the top NOTE button, to set the device to Effects mode.
In this mode, the 32 left-side Pads along with the 4 left-side bottom buttons control the Effects on Left deck and the right-side pads and buttons, the Effects on the Right deck.



PADS


Press a pad to adjust the value of the Parameter of the selected Effect. The speed that the value will increase/decrease to the set value, depends on the velocity (how hard the pad is initially pressed).
The leds of the pads inside a column represent the current value of the Effect parameter in 2 patterns. Most of the Effect parameters have their "off" value at the minimum 0% and those get the "volume-style" pattern. Some others, have their "off" value at the middle, and those get the "pan-style" pattern where the 2 middle leds represent the center/off value.

KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

PAD COLUMN 1
Adjust the 1st Parameter of the selected Effect on Left deck
PAD COLUMN 2
Adjust the 2nd Parameter of the selected Effect on Left deck
PAD COLUMN 3
Adjust the 3rd Parameter of the selected Effect on Left deck
PAD COLUMN 4
Adjust the 4th Parameter of the selected Effect on Left deck
PAD COLUMN 5
Adjust the 1st Parameter of the selected Effect on Right deck
PAD COLUMN 6
Adjust the 2nd Parameter of the selected Effect on Right deck
PAD COLUMN 7
Adjust the 3rd Parameter of the selected Effect on Right deck
PAD COLUMN 8
Adjust the 4th Parameter of the selected Effect on Right deck



TOP BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

T1 ARROW UP
Select the previous available Mixer panel in the default VirtualDJ GUI (Audio mixer, Video, Scratch panel and Master panel)
T2 ARROW DOWN
Select the next available Mixer panel in the default VirtualDJ GUI (Audio mixer, Video, Scratch panel and Master panel)
T3 ARROW LEFT
Moves the Crossfader to the left by 5% each time its pressed. Hold down to repeat the movement every 100 ms
Moves the crossfader to the far more left position
T4 ARROW RIGHT
Moves the Crossfader to the right by 5% each time its pressed. Hold down to repeat the movement every 100 ms
Moves the crossfader to the far more right position
T5 SESSION
Selects the Sampler (default) mode
T6 NOTE
Selects the (current) Effects mode mode
T7 DEVICE
Selects the Mixer mode mode
T8 USER
Selects the User's mode mode



LEFT BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

L1 SHIFT
Press and hold down to access secondary actions, as described in the SHIFT ACTIONS column
L2 το L8
Not assigned


RIGHT BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

R1 το R8
Not assigned


BOTTOM BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

B1 RECORD ARM
Enable/disable the selected Effect on Left Deck
B2 TRACK SELECT
Select the previous available Effect for Left Deck
B3 MUTE
Select the next available Effect for Left Deck
B4 SOLO
Open/close the FX GUI of the selected Effect for Left Deck (a small window is attached to the right side of the Browser with all the Parameters and details of the Effect)
B5 VOLUME
Enable/disable the selected Effect on Right Deck
B6 PAN
Select the previous available Effect for Right Deck
B7 SENDS
Select the next available Effect for Right Deck
B8 STOP CLIP
Open/close the FX GUI of the selected Effect for Right Deck (a small window is attached to the right side of the Browser with all the Parameters and details of the Effect)



 

MIXER MODE


Press the top DEVICE button, to set the device to Mixer mode and get controls for Volume, Equalizer, EQ kills etc.



PADS


Press a pad inside a column to gradually adjust the left/right deck's volume or Equalizer band. The speed that the value will increase/decrease, depends on the velocity (how hard the pad was initially pressed). See Advanced Setup
The leds for Columns 1 and 5 represent the Volume of left/right assigned decks and will get the deck's color (green for deck 3, orange for deck 4) in a "volume-style" pattern.
The leds of the other columns represent the Equalizer bands values of left/right assigned decks, will always use white color and the "pan-style" pattern. When both middle leds (4th and 5th row) are lit, the value is set at 50% (centered Equalizer)

KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

1 PADS COLUMN
Adjust the Volume of Left deck
2 PADS COLUMN
Adjust the High Equalizer band frequencies of Left deck
3 PADS COLUMN
Adjust the Mid Equalizer band frequencies of Left deck
4 PADS COLUMN
Adjust the Low Equalizer band frequencies of Left deck
5 PADS COLUMN
Adjust the Volume of Right deck
6 PADS COLUMN
Adjust the High Equalizer band frequencies of Right deck
7 PADS COLUMN
Adjust the Mid Equalizer band frequencies of Right deck
8 PADS COLUMN
Adjust the Low Equalizer band frequencies of Right deck



TOP BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

T1 ARROW UP
Select the previous available Mixer panel in the default VirtualDJ GUI (Audio mixer, Video, Scratch panel and Master panel)
T2 ARROW DOWN
Select the next available Mixer panel in the default VirtualDJ GUI (Audio mixer, Video, Scratch panel and Master panel)
T3 ARROW LEFT
Moves the Crossfader to the left by 5% each time its pressed. Hold down to repeat the movement every 100 ms
Moves the crossfader to the far more left position
T4 ARROW RIGHT
Moves the Crossfader to the right by 5% each time its pressed. Hold down to repeat the movement every 100 ms
Moves the crossfader to the far more right position
T5 SESSION
Selects the Sampler (default) mode
T6 NOTE
Selects the Effects mode mode
T7 DEVICE
Selects the (current) Mixer mode mode
T8 USER
Selects the User's mode mode



LEFT BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

L1 SHIFT
Press and hold down to access secondary actions, as described in the SHIFT ACTIONS column
L2 το L8
Not assigned


RIGHT BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

R1 το R8
Not assigned


BOTTOM BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

B1 RECORD ARM
Sends audio signal of Left deck to the Headphones channel for pre-listening (PFL)
B2 TRACK SELECT
Kill High Equalizer Band on Left deck
B3 MUTE
Kill Middle Equalizer Band on Left deck
B4 SOLO
Kill Low Equalizer Band on Left deck
B5 VOLUME
Sends audio signal of Right deck to the Headphones channel for pre-listening (PFL)
B6 PAN
Kill High Equalizer Band on Right deck
B7 SENDS
Kill Middle Equalizer Band on Right deck
B8 STOP CLIP
Kill Low Equalizer Band on Right deck

 

USER MODE


Press the top USER button, to set the device to User mode



PADS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

1 to 4 PADS ROWS
Trigger the action assigned to the buttons of the selected Pad page on Left/Right Deck
Trigger the SHIFT action assigned to the buttons of the selected Pad page on Left/Right Deck
5 PADS ROW
Adjust the Parameters 1 and 2 of the selected Pad page on Left/Right Deck




6 PADS ROW
Set a Loop In and Loop Out point (manual loop), and half/double its size on Left/Right Deck
7 PADS ROW
Pitch Bend -/+, Manual Beat Tap and Pitch Reset on Left/Right Deck
8 PADS ROW
Cue, Stop, Play and Sync buttons on Left/Right Deck





TOP BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

T1 ARROW UP
Select the previous available page for Left deck Pads section
T2 ARROW DOWN
Select the next available page for Left deck Pads section
T3 ARROW LEFT
Select the previous available page for Right deck Pads section
T4 ARROW RIGHT
Select the next available page for Right deck Pads section
T5 SESSION
Selects the Sampler mode
T6 NOTE
Selects the Effects mode mode
T7 DEVICE
Selects the Mixer mode mode
T8 USER
Selects the current User's mode mode



LEFT / RIGHT BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

L1 SHIFT
Press and hold down to access secondary actions, as described in the SHIFT ACTIONS column
L2 / R2CLICK
Toggles between Pads 1-8 and 9-16 view in default VirtualDJ GUI (or any custom skin with 16 pads support) on Left/Right Deck
L3 / R3 UNDO
Selects the Hotcues Pad page for Left/Right Deck.
L4 / R4 DELETE
Selects the Loop Roll Pad page for Left/Right Deck
L5 / R5 QUANTIZE
Selects the Loops Pad page for Left/Right Deck.
L6 / R6 DUPLICATE
Selects the BeatJump Pad page for Left/Right Deck
L7 / R7 DOUBLE
Selects the Slicer Pad page for Left/Right Deck
L8 / R8 CIRCLE
Selects the KeyCue Pad page for Left/Right Deck



BOTTOM BUTTONS


KEY

ACTION

SHIFT ACTION

B1 RECORD ARM
Starts/Stop recording your mix
B2 TRACK SELECT
Not assigned.
B3 MUTE
Not assigned
B4 SOLO
Not assigned.
B5 VOLUME
Not assigned..
B6 PAN
Not assigned..
B7 SENDS
Mix with other deck. Automatically smooth crossfade to the other deck and start the deck in tempo
B8 STOP CLIP
Not assigned..



 

CUSTOM USER MODES


The User mode (provided with the Top USER button) offers 6 different User modes. Those are selected by holding down the SETUP button and select one of the blue colored Pads 1 to 6 as per the image below. Each one of the 6 user modes represent a different Midi channel. The left side red colored pads represent the default midi channels of the unit and those are reserved and cannot be selected.



User mode 1 functionality is pre-mapped and described in the User Mode section of this manual.
User mode 2 functionality is pre-mapped and offers OS2L commands 1 to 64 for the pads and no other action assigned at the top/bottom/left/right buttons.
User modes 3 to 6 are un-assigned and can be assigned to whatever VDJ actions you need.

Notes:




 

STANDALONE & MIDIIN DEVICES


The Launchpad Pro is detected as 3 different Midi devices as shown in the Controllers tab of VirtualDJ Settings and those represent a pair of Midi In/Out ports. The Novation Launchpad Pro (default device) and the Novation Launchpad Pro Standalone offer similar functionality as described in this manual, with Sampler, Effects, Mixer and Deck Control modes. The MidiIN device has no MIDI functionality and is mostly used to send and receive Midi Clock signals, to synchronize external devices and applications.



- How to select a device
To select the Standalone device, hold down the SETUP button and then press Pad Nr.5 (orange).



To select the default (also known as "Live") device press the SETUP button and then press Pad Nr.1 (green)



Notes:

- How useful is to have 2 devices offering the same functionality ?
You may need to control 2 different applications with the same device. E.g. controlling VirtualDJ and a DMX software (without OS2L support) or other DAW application. In this case, you can set one of the 2 devices to "Ignore" and prevent VirtualDJ to receive and send Midi notes from this device, leaving it "free" to be chosen from the 3rd party software of your choice.


Ignore device to be used with 3rd party application



STANDALONE DEVICE


More specifically, the Standalone device offers...


The Standalone device offers 16 different User modes (Midi channels), and those can be selected by pressing the SETUP button and then select any of the 16 blue colored pads as shown in the image below.



Notes:



MIDIIN DEVICE


The 3rd available device - Novation Launchpad Pro MIDIIN - is not offering any mapping, nor any Pad or button offers MIDI In/Out functionality. The only purpose of this device is to be used to send and receive Midi Clock signals, in order to synchronize an external device (using the MIDI OUT socket at the rear side of the unit), or 3rd party applications.
For this purpose, you will need to enable Midi Clock Output from Controllers tab of VirtualDJ for this device (right-click option)


 

ADVANCED SETUP


The Launchpad Pro offers a Setup mode while the top-left SETUP button is pressed. The Setup mode is used to select a device/mode, select a User Mode Midi Channel, enable/disable Velocity etc.



DEVICE/MODE SELECT


As explained in other chapters of this manual, the Launchpad Pro offers 2 different devices (MIDI port pairs) and several modes, some of them are hardware layers. The devices and modes can be selected by pressing the SETUP button and one of the first 5 top-left Pads as per the image above.



VELOCITY


The unit offers 2 kind of velocity for the 64 Pads

Each one of the above velocity messages is available in VirtualDJ, are pre-assigned mostly to Sampler Volumes and both can be enabled/disabled from the Device Setup mode.

As shown in the image above, use the 4 Touch Velocity pads to turn off Touch Velocity (white pad) or one of the other 3 green pads, which determine how hard the Pad needs to be pressed initially to offer the maximum velocity value

Use the After-Touch Velocity pads to turn off After Touch Velocity (white pad) or to enable it using the POLY green pad. The CHAN After-Touch Velocity mode offers a global After-Touch message, regardless which Pad is pressed, which is not defined or can be used within VirtualDJ, thus it should not be selected.
If After-Touch Velocity is enabled, you can select one of the 3 Thresholds (Low, Medium or High) which determine how the velocity curve is handling the after-touch velocity messages.

MIDI CHANNELS SELECT


Each Launchpad Pro device (Live and Stand-Alone) offers 16 different Midi Channels, and those are mostly used to select one of the User modes. The red-colored Pads as shown in the image above, represent the reserved Midi Channels and those cannot be selected. The blue-colored pads represent the custom user mode channels and those can be selected to offer User modes 1 to 6 (for the Live device) and 1 to 16 for the Stand-Alone one.







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