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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Greg a professional user from Orange County, Ca writes:
I picked this up to give extra tweaking abilities between my Korg Triton and my Orbit module. I enjoy using the sliders to access the Z-plane filter in the 9090. I cant say I like the computer keys to much. The velocity sensing of these, as useful as that sounds, is actually a downer. They have to be slammed pretty darn hard to get the desired audible result. You can get pretty creative with the right manual dexterity. My only complaint is that the "save" option no longer works so I cant even assign the dials, knobs and sliders to any preference other than default. I cracked it open and found an internal battery that is soldered on the board, I'm certain thats the prob, but where to find one? The web was fruitless. The specs on the battery read, Shoei 25v 240 uf, any one have advice? otherwise a fun unit!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-16-2008 at 07:35
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have a ton of rack gear and I use 2 of these EMU launchpads to control everything. Very nice to have all these extra knobs, buttons, sliders and dials to work with as a control surface. Easy to use and lots of fun! At the price these Launchpads go for now, its worth grabbing a couple of em. I have had mine since the 90's. They are built like tanks and do not wear out even with heavy use. :-}

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-22-2004 at 22:43
Music Man a part-time user from USA writes:
The Launchpad is great if you use it with the Orbit or Planet Phatt sound modules but you can use it with any sound module, keyboard or sampler. I like the scratch effect on channel 16 used with the planet phatt or orbit. This feature has been removed from the newer emu modules. The 5 Trigger buttons are great to trigger your sampler or soundmodule so you do not have to hold a ket on for the duration of the sample playback. The trigger buttons can be used as transports for your sequencer(eg:play, stop, FF, REW). They work very well with the orbit and planet phatt. I tried it with Rebirth and it worked well also. have not tried my sequencer. All the 6 sliders, thumby button, pitch wheel and I believe the transport buttons are all programable to midi controller data values. NICE. you can make it contraol basically anything or any filter in your module. The oneoctave keyboard is velocity sensitive but it was not made to be played but used as a trigger. sometimes i nee to pound on it to get it to play a patch louder. anyway its a great piece, would rate it 5 if the kay pad was a bit more accurate to play.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-12-2002 at 16:08
Mark McQuay a part-time user from USA writes:
I love this box! I picked it up directly from E-MU when they were closing them out in "99". The ability to control any sound on any midi channel(1-16)in any range and transposition with a twist of a knob is just incredible. You can also fire off arps or samples with six of the assignable(to any channel and note #)trigger buttons. There are also 5 slider's which can be assigned to any midi cc# and a cool thing called a Thumby button. It will also let you select banks songs and even control your sequencer with the transport buttons. Like I said, they have been discontinued but if you can find one, pick it up.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-18-2002 at 13:30
Rick a part-time user from USA writes:
Great way to have more external control with your synths without having to use a computer!! Easy and very surprising sometimes. It will work with almost any MIDI gear too. (unlike the Phatboy by Keyfax). This unit makes all your hardware more fun to play with. Get one now!! Way cool device.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-31-2000 at 05:41
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