Novation Launchkey 49 Mk2 49-Key USB/iOS MIDI Keyboard Controller (Discontinued)

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Gearank Recommendation

The Launchkey 49 Mk2 appeared on our recommended list for 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards from July 2017 until April 2020 when it was removed due to being out-ranked by other keyboards.


The Launchkey 49 Mk2 is a plug and play controller designed for producing and performing electronic music.

It features faders, knobs, keys and velocity-sensitive RGB pads that give complete control over Ableton’s audio and MIDI functions.

Apart from its compatibility with Ableton, it automatically maps to other major music making applications & DAWs.


  • Keys: 49 note velocity sensitive synth style keyboard
  • Pads: 16 full-colour RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
  • Arpeggiator: No.
  • Motorized Controls: No
  • Octaves: Octave Up and Down buttons
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite 9
  • Power: USB and DC powered
  • Connectivity: 1/4” jack socket, USB socket, DC power socket
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes
  • Compatibility: Class Compliant. Mac OS X 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, Windows 7,8, iOS
  • Dimensions: 30.51″ x 10.63″ x 3.54″
  • Weight 8.16 lbs
Since we originally recommended the Novation Launchkey 49 Mk2, more highly rated options have become available, which you’ll find in our guide to The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

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