Applies to Launchkey Mini MK3
This article shows how to use Components with Launchkey Mini MK3.
Components is a tool used to manage the firmware and templates on many of our products. You can download a standalone version when you register your Launchkey, or access our web-based version in browsers that support WebMIDI such as Chrome, Opera and Microsoft Edge from this link: https://components.novationmusic.com
If using a browser, you may need to allow the page access to your MIDI devices, as prompted when first loading the page:
You do not need to log in to use Components, but doing so allows you to back up all of your data to your account.
You can make templates in the editor whether the Launchkey Mini MK3 is connected to Components or not. To see if the Launchkey is connected, check the indicator in the top right which can be one of 3 colours.
Red: this means that the device cannot be seen by Components.
If the device is in this state it could either mean the device is not connected, not powered, or you are using a browser which does not support WebMIDI
Yellow: this means the device is connected and recognised, but is in the wrong state, in this case, it could mean the Launchkey is in Bootloader mode. Pressing the Play button will let it start as normal. If not, please try reinstalling the firmware from the Firmware tab.
Green: The Launchkey is connected and is ready to use.
In each case, you can click the connection icon in the top right to find out more.
In Components, you can create and edit the Custom Mode stored on your Launchkey Mini. This is broken into 3 sections for the Pads, Pots and the Sustain Pedal.
Along the top row you can name the template, save the template, send it to your Launchkey and customise how it appears in the Librarian on the left-hand side:
Down the right-hand side of Components you'll have access to your templates as well as the templates we have provided:
When you click a template you'll see the details of the template, including all of its mappings:
The Custom Mode that comes on the unit out of the factory is the same one that shows when you create a new Custom Mode.
On this screen you can edit the notes the pads send, the colour they turn when pressed (On Colour) and the colour they are when not pressed (Off Colour):
You can set each pad to have a different note number, note number values correspond to a note, as listed in this image (some Yamaha devices may interpret these differently):
You can also set the MIDI channel for all of the pads, which by default is 10 because this is often the channel used for drums:
This screen lets you edit the dials at the top of the Launchkey, you can set custom CC messages to be used for controlling hardware and software. These values can be used by holding shift and pressing the top right pad.
Note that the channel for the Pots is tied to the channel of the keyboard, which is set on the hardware using Shift and Transpose and then pressing a pad.
This lets you customise the CC message sent by the sustain pedal, which by default is 64. Note that changing this message will change how it is received, so if it is not set to 64 it may not be interpreted as a sustain/hold command.
In the firmware page, you can update and reinstall the firmware of your Launchkey Mini MK3. When you first get the Launchkey it is worth checking here to see that you have the latest firmware. This will list all the changes we've made to the firmware as well.