XLR8R's Best of 2017: Gear
We look back at our favorite pieces of gear released in 2017.

2017 saw a number of innovations in terms of how musicians interact with both standalone hardware and computers. While there’s been far too much cool new gear to compile in one place (especially once …

Novation Releases Browser Version of Launchpad
Launchpad Arcade allows you to make music and design and play visuals.

Novation has just released a browser version of Launchpad called Launchpad Arcade. Launchpad Arcade runs directly inside the Google Chrome browser, letting you get straight into making music with Laun…

Ampify Talk Processes With Slugabed in New Video
The artist and label owner talks inspiration and music making with Ampify on iOS.

Ampify have shared a new video featuring Anticon artist Slugabed. In the video, which you can watch via the player above, Ampify meets Slugabed in his hometown of Brighton to take an intimate look at …

Novation Releases Circuit 1.5
The firmware update allows for gate length changes, synth patch previews, and more.

Novation has released the latest Circuit firmware. The new version of firmware, Version 1.5, brings three new features, including fractional gate (the gate length for a note no longer has to equal one…

Novation's Blocs Wave App is Now Free Download
The audio editing app will now focus on in-app purchases.

Blocs Wave for iOS, Novation’s app for making and recording music, is now free to download on the Apple app store. With its simple and intuitive design, Blocs Wave offers unique ways to combine …

Novation Releases Launchpad for iPhone v4.0
Launchpad for iPhone gets a major update, including the ability to import audio from your phone.

Novation has just released v4.0 of its popular Launchpad for iPhone app. One of the major updates is the addition of Audio Import, which allows you to bring in your own custom sounds and loops from al…

Novation Releases Update for Circuit Groovebox
Circuit 1.3 contains advances in sampling functions, organizational capabilities, and more.

Novation has released an update to its Circuit Groovebox workstation with three sampling advancements, a session color feature for organizational purposes, and additional bug fixes. The first of the n…

Novation's Launchpad for iOS Gets Robust Update
The equipment and software giant adds a slew of features to their mobile app.

Launchpad—the innovative loop-based music software for iPhones & iPads—has been given a sizable facelift with the addition of numerous in-app features. As an intuitive mobile adaptation of their p…

Novation Announces Sub-Brand Blocs; Launches App
Blocs Wave for iOS is a music-creation app designed to inspire new ideas.

UK-based music tech company Novation has recently announced the creation of a new sub-brand, Blocs. The sub-brand has debuted with a music creation app for iOS titled Blocs Wave, a new and coherent to…

Novation Announces MIDI Sync Output for Launchpad for iOS
The new in-app purchase will connect Launchpad for iOS with other apps and external hardware.

Today, Novation announced the new in-app purchase for its Launchpad for iOS app, MIDI Sync. The latest addition to the app will allow the Launchpad to send MIDI Sync signals to other music apps, as we…

Interview: Kerri Chandler
"I don't want people to just say ‘Kerri was great,’ I want everyone to say ‘That night was wonderful.’”

“Love, Respect and Admiration,” the words with which Kerri Chandler signs his social media posts, are as essential to his character as masterful rhythms, signature basslines and modified kick drums ar…

Review: Novation Circuit
Powerful, portable and fun: The company unveils its first all-in-one groovebox.

Circuit is Novation’s first all-in-one groovebox, borrowing elements from its most successful products—the Launchpad line, most obviously—as well as its extensive synthesizer heritage. In essence, it …

Novation Introduces Grid Based Groovebox, Circuit
Circuit is an analogue-modelled synth and four-part drum machine.

Novation has just announced its latest design for portable and efficient production, Circuit. This battery powered, standalone piece of equipment is compact and brimming with an assortment of impressi…

Review: Novation Launchpad Pro
XLR8R takes a look at the company's updated, feature-packed controller.

There’s no dearth of grid-based MIDI controllers on the market for music producers these days. At the high end is the Monome Grid, which is both thoroughly customizable and artisanal as heck; alongsid…

Review: Novation Launchpad and Launchkey 61
Novation's mainstays get an RGB LED revamp.

Novation’s Launchpad—which has now expanded to Pro, Mini, and app versions—has been a staple in the Ableton world (and the rest of the DAW world, for that matter) for many years now. Aiming at Ableton…

Ninja Tune and Novation Team Up on Launchpad App for IOS
The Launchpad App now offers remix soundpacks from Machinedrum and Lapalux

The Novation Launchpad is arguably one of the most stable, straight forward, portable and affordable pieces of music gear on the market today. Having teamed up with the immensely prominent English mus…

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