Parents' Guide to

Novation Launchpad

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Great professional remix tool is cool, complex.

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While most kids won't access or understand the more professional features, any kid can enjoy mixing elements to create his or her own music. Creating amazing music with Novation Launchpad is as simple as tapping buttons to turn various elements on and off -- the app does the rest. Sure, there are a lot of buttons, but kids can freely explore to see what each option does and then just remember their favorites. In terms of overall friendliness, the only thing that stands out as a struggle is the record feature. It doesn't quite act like other record buttons, and it's not obvious where to find the recording when finished. Kids will eventually figure it out, but it could be clearer. If you've got kids who like music, give this freebie a chance. Just be prepared for the in-app purchase requests to start rolling in.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: improvising and music analysis, music, rhythm
  • Skills: Creativity: producing new content
  • Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchases $1.99-6.99 for more features)
  • Release date: June 6, 2018
  • Category: Music
  • Publisher: Novation
  • Version: 7.6
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 25, 2018

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