Launchpad

Push Style Layout for Launchpad in FL Studio

If you’ve not heard of the Ableton Push, I suggest you check it out, if for no other reason than to see what’s really possible with a touch sensitive grid these days.  Alongside everything else it does, I’m particularly impressed with how they’ve chosen to lay out their instrument controller mode.  Rather than try to awkwardly squeeze all 12 tones onto the grid, or arrange the 8 ‘in key’ notes in straight octaves across each row, each row is in key and a fourth up from the last.  I’ve never felt comfortable using a grid to control an instrument or play a melody because of how unnatural it feels, but this configuration really turns the grid into a comfortable way to play phrases:

Great right?

But If you’re like me you’ve got two problems:

1. You’re an FL Studio user

2. You don’t own an Ableton Push

No problem!

With the release of FL Studio 11, FL Studio now tightly integrates with the launchpad.  In addition to some pretty handy premade tools (including one or two of those awkward note layouts I was lamenting earlier), they’ve included the ability to create your own scripts.  Everything can be edited in Notepad.  Command lists and language can be found here: http://forum.image-line.com/viewtopic.php?p=672604.

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I’ve whipped up 7 different scales in the key of C.  Feel free to use or edit these scripts.  Just copy and paste them to C:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line_FL11\FL Studio 11\System\Hardware specific\Novation Launchpad (this may be different depending on your machine and how you chose to install FL Studio) and delete the name of the scale from the filename (“Page15 Lydian.scr” should read “Page15.scr”).

Enjoy!: http://ge.tt/3li3BJq/v/0?c

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Make it Go: The Launchpad as Monome (Part 2 – MIDIYoke and Polygome)

Welcome back! Last time, we went over the initial setup of the Launchpad as Monome and reviewed rudimentary use of the beat shuffling program MLR. If you’ve gone through that how-to, you’re prepared for what will follow in this article. If you haven’t, I highly reccomend you complete at least the first part (Initial Setup) of that tutorial. If you’ve got no need for beat shuffling, you can skip the MLR portion.

Also, in case you did not get ahold of it last time, here’s every program you’ll need in one convenient package:
Launch-Mono Starter Kit.zip

Intro to Polygome

First, plug in your Launchpad and launch nonome. Depending on what you were doing last time you used a Max5 patch, nonome might try to access ASIO4ALL, even though it does not need any audio outputs.  Why? Max5 Runtime will try to use the same audio device (more…)

Make it Go: The Launchpad as Monome (Part 1 – Startup and MLR)

So, you’ve finally got yourself a launchpad.  You’ve installed the drivers and the ‘Launchpad Edition’ of Ableton Live. . . .

. . . and you are totally underwhelmed.

The clip launching is nice but that’s not what you got it for, is it?  You want to slice clips, make drones, and step sequence monome style.

Well, you can.  And, contrary to the instructions that come with the Launchpad would have you believe, you don’t have to spend a dime on Max4Live, or a full version of Ableton Live, or a full version of Automap.  Everything you need to geek out with your grid is available for free.  And I’ve collected it all in one convenient place. (more…)