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Old 11-27-16, 07:31 PM
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What are these electronic devices? (Novation Launchpad)

So my son wants one of these for Christmas.

https://www.amazon.com/Novation-LAUN...ords=launchpad

https://www.amazon.com/Novation-Laun...ords=launchpad

https://www.amazon.com/Akai-Professi...ords=launchpad

2 of which are OOO of course.

Anyway - What exactly are they, and do they require a lot of additional purchases to be useful? Are they newbie-friendly?
Are there other suggested similar items?

I *think* they're electronic music maker things but I'm not totally sure.
I did read some of the description but really didn't understand any of it.
He's 14 and into dubstep/electronic music if that helps guide the conversation.

Thanks!
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Old 11-27-16, 07:48 PM
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Re: What are these electronic devices? (Novation Launchpad)

It's a small soundboard, you use it to create music with pre-loaded samples.

ie:

From what I'm reading, it needs a program called Ableton Live. You'd want to get the second one you posted since it appears to include an Ableton Live Lite license. I think there are one or two opensource alternatives, and of course Fruity Loops.

The last one you posted is a drum machine.

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