Novation Launchpad Mini MK2 MIDI Pad Controller (Discontinued / Superseded)


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Novation Launchpad Mini MK2 MIDI Pad Controller

Gearank Recommendation

The Launchpad Mini MK2 was on our recommended list for MIDI Pad Controllers from August 2017 until April 2019 when it was out-ranked by other models.


The Launchpad Mini is a compact alternative to Novation's Launchpad Pro.

With a lighter and more compact design, it features 64 multi-colored mini pads and 16 programmable buttons for triggering clips, playing drum racks, controlling your mixer and different types parameters.

It's class compliant allowing you to connect with any PC or Mac device and iOS devices via Camera Connection Kit.

Other than its automatic integration with Ableton, you can use the grid to control parameters in FL Studio’s performance mode.

Despite its plastic construction, this controller is fairly durable for its price.

Its comparatively small size makes it portable enough to carry around.

One thing to note is that the pads are not velocity sensitive - some people compensate by adjusting note velocity in their DAW.

The Launchpad Mini MK2 is a reasonable choice for those who are looking for an affordable, small and compact controller to incorporate in their mobile rigs.


  • Pads: 64 (8x8 grid) square multi-color backlit buttons
  • Buttons: 8 x System buttons, 8 x Function buttons
  • Standalone Mode: No
  • Power: USB bus powered
  • Connectivity: Micro USB socket, Kensington security slow, Camera connection kit or lightning to USB camera adapter (not included)
  • Compatibility:
  • Software Bundle: Ableton Live Lite 9
  • Dimensions: 9.57" x 8.07" x 1.97"
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best MIDI Pad Controllers.