Novation have released a firmware update to their popular Launchpad Pro. The update brings some new features and bug fixes. One of the notable updates is the inclusion of Scale Mode which enables any Ableton Live user – no matter their level of music theory ability – to effortlessly play and record perfectly in-key basslines, melodies, chords and leads.

Note mode had been relegated to chromatic fourths which meant users had to understand the layout and flow of the pad grid to play the right notes in the scale. That has been made simpler with Scale Mode where you can now select from 32 keys and modes.

Check out the performance video below to see Scale Mode in action:

Here’s Novation explaining the new Scale Mode:

Never hit a wrong note again! With the Scale function, simply press Launchpad Pro’s Shift and Note buttons, then choose from a roster of 32 keys and modes, from major and minor, through phrygian, whole tone, bebop minor, iwato, etc. Once selected, Launchpad Pro’s 64 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads will assign themselves contiguously to only the notes of the selected scale, removing all the rest. Launchpad Pro is turned into a deeply expressive instrument that lets you focus on the music, rather than precise finger positions.

Scale mode isn’t just for Ableton Live – you can use it to play virtual instruments in any other DAW, as well as your hardware synths. Launchpad Pro does not require connection to a computer; it can send MIDI via its 1/8th-inch output (and an included 5-pin Din adapter), so you can play external synths without a keyboard controller.

You can download the firmware update here: