What Launchpad should I get? With basically every Launchpad out there now compatible with Logic Pro it’s time to look at which model is best for Apple’s flagship DAW and your personal needs. After discussing the overall value proposition for Novation’s Launchpad Logic Pro integration last time around, we are now diving in to some of the major differences between them to determine which best suits your needs.
What Launchpad should you buy?
Which is the best Launchpad for Logic Pro? What Launchpad should I get? And which models offer the deepest Logic Pro integration?
We already had a Launchpad X as Apple launched the Logic Pro integration here, but are still looking, along with some collaborators, at which model is best for what, and what Launchpad is going to be the best option for most folks.
It’s important to point out that all three of the current-generation Launchpads will indeed support launching scenes and cells just as you were intending, matching 8×8 RGB pads included. Where they differ falls largely to each machine’s overall footprint/pad size and the “other” hardware controls it offers — velocity and pressure sensitivity, basic hardware app controls, physical MIDI outputs, recording without having to touch your mouse/trackpad, and more. While the main draw here is certainly the ability to trigger, playback, record, and perform scenes and cells with the colorful pads, outside of your budget, deciding what Launchpad to buy will likely be determined by which of these extra app controls and playback/performance hardware features you desire.
Last time we took a look at which Launchpad models were compatible, the Launchpad X was essentially the top-of-the-line controller for Logic Pro Live Loops. That model is now joined by the Launchpad Mini MK3 while the Launchpad Pro MK3 has taken over as the flagship model, offering up everything the other two bring to the party with significantly more app control and playback/performance possibilities. While much of the previous-generation machines are also supported by Logic Pro, for the purposes of this comparison-focused diary entry we will be zeroing-in on Novation’s three aforementioned current-gen. offerings: Launchpad Mini MK3, Launchpad X, and Launchpad Pro MK3.