The Novation SL MkII 49 is a professional 49 note, four octave USB MIDI keyboard controller with a host of functionality designed to put all your favourite DAW parameters directly at your fingertips. The build quality of the SL MKII 49 is as solid as the keys and various controls are responsive and was built with the serious producer in mind.
The build quality is instantly noticeable when you first touch the semi-weighted Fatar keybed; it feels just like the real thing! The keys even have assignable after-touch for added realism. Alongside the beautiful 49 keys, there are a huge array of touch sensitive controls, including eight endless rotary encoders with 11 segment LED rings for accurate referencing, eight 270 degree rotation pots, eight faders, all fully assignable, as well as eight soft-feel touch sensitive drum pads and 32 buttons with integrated LEDS. To add further to the performance side of the SL MkII 49, there is an Xpression X-Y touchpad and Xpression joystick which controls the pitch and modulation.
The Novation SL MkII 49 - Professional, powerful control
The large 144 character LCD displays name and value information for entire rows of knobs, making navigation and recall a simple task. The Novation SL MkII 49 ships with a license for Ableton Live Lite 9 so that you can get creative straight out of the box. In addition, it also uses Novation Automap meaning it can be used to control all major DAWs and plugins. The inclusion of Automap operation buttons like ‘Learn’, ‘View’ and ‘Broswer Groups’ make mapping the SL MkII 49 to your favourite DAW a breeze.
Additional features of the Novation SL MkII 49 include USB connectivity through which the device is bus powered, MIDI I/O and THRU connections on 5-pin DIN sockets, and ¼” jack connections for sustain and expression pedals (sold separately). The Novation SL MkII 49 is the logical choice for anyone who takes their production seriously and who is looking to bring the parameters of their software out onto their desktop for more hands-on control.
"An evolution rather than a revolution, this refresh to the core SL line reaffirms Novation's status as the controller kings."- Computer Music
"The SL MkII is a great keyboard and controller, but what makes it stand out from the crowd is the innovative Automap software, greatly simplifying the process of controlling any plug-ins and you DAW."- Music Tech
"...affordable and near-universal control that is both fast and simple to use."- Sound On Sound
High quality professional keyboard - It uses the same velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action keyboard from Fatar that the orininal SL does, with assignable after-touch. Novation deliver the feeling of playing an instrument, rather than just a computer peripheral
Illuminated controls provide instant visual feedback - Brightly lit LED rings around the eight smooth encoders, and backlit buttons throughout provide instant visual feedback for every physical control, further reducing reliance on the computer screen
Giant 144-character LCD screen - Frees the artist from being chained to the computer screen, placing all the essential data right alongside the relevant controls
Huge array of touch-sensitive controls - Full control surface supporting ultra flexible DAW control and Auto-mappable plug-in controls, 16 knobs, 8 faders and 32 assignable backlit LED buttons
Automap 3 PRO Control Software - SL Mk II comes with Automap software which enables you to instantly map software parameters to faders, buttons, encoders and pots and other controllers
MIDI control interface - Built in MIDI I/O Interface and comprehensive MIDI implementation provide complete control over all external hardware synths and other external MIDI devices
Novation’s unique ‘speed dial’ - A touch-sensitive rotary encoder that instantly takes control of whatever your mouse is focused on, providing real time access for composers and performers alike
Programmable ‘soft-feel’ drumpads - Eradicates the need for a separate set of drumpad triggers, providing the ideal platform for sketching out beats or triggering samples
Unique 2-Axis Controls - Fantastic ‘Xpression’ pad and adjustably sprung pitch/mod joystick, both freely assignable in MIDI Controlling mode
Dedicated, yet fully-assignable transport buttons - Control the sequencer’s start/stop/loop/record/forward/rewind actions, direct from the MIDI controller, reducing reliance on mouse and screen, or switch them out to allow use of more assignable buttons. SL Mk II recalls how these buttons were previously assigned
USB buss powering - Provides the artist with a mobile MIDI control solution, freeing them from the confines of the studio
Includes the Xcite+ bundle - Featuring a host of royalty-free loops and samples, a full-fledged soft-synth and Ableton Live 7 Lite, providing an affordable upgrade path to Ableton Live
Minimum Operational Requirements (taken from Nocturn)
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