To use Atlas with a Launchpad you need to be using Ableton Live. Depending on what Launchpad model you have, you may run into issues if you try to use another host.
Plug your Novation Launchpad into your computer and open Ableton Live. Make sure the Launchpad has connected to Live properly and can trigger clips in session view.
Load Atlas to a MIDI channel.
Make sure the Ableton channel with Atlas loaded has been armed for receiving MIDI from the launchpad. This will most likely have been activated by default when you loaded Atlas onto a new channel anyway.
In Atlas, set the layout to Launchpad. This changes the layout to an 8×8 grid that matches User 1 Mode on the Launchpad. User 1 mode starts on the bottom left pad at midi note C1, and increases incrementally in rows of 4 up the left side of the Launchpad, and then continues again up the right side. This has been designed so the Launchpad matches Ableton Live’s Drum Rack.
Press New Kit in Atlas to generate a kit of samples. We recommend you have New Kit set to Default so that the sample types that are chosen for the slots will line up with the MIDI clips we provide in Atlas.
Set the Launchpad to User 1 mode.
Hit some pads on the Launchpad. This should trigger the samples in Atlas, and the pads on the hardware should match up with the 8×8 kit in Atlas.
Load a MIDI clip from Atlas onto the same channel in Ableton. These are found in the Midi clips tab at the top of Atlas. You might need to move Atlas a little bit off screen to reveal the channel.
Play the clip in Ableton. This will start the Ableton project and will begin triggering samples in Atlas. Provided you had New Kit set to Default, the MIDI notes in our clips should line up nicely with the samples Atlas has chosen and you should now be hearing a rad drum loop.
Play along! Trigger other samples to add to the beat, and wow your friends with your finger-drumming prowess.
Watch the video below as we run through the process of setting up Atlas and our Launchpad, and have a bit of a jam at the end.