For advocates and composers of electronic music owning a novation launchpad is a must. What is it? It is a compact controller that offers an interactive experience with an Ableton Live. The controller and the software work bi-directionally with each other to give the user real-time session feedback. Designed jointly by Ableton and Novation, the Launchpad affords an amateur or professional musician varied functions in the Live interface, through a grid of backlit-buttoned mode selectors. Great! A nephew is a drummer of an up-and-coming band. Two weeks ago, his group launched their first commercial CD. Yup! He did mention that they did use this awesome gadget in their recording.