Novation 49 SL MkII USB Midi Controller Keyboard 49 Keys
- High quality professional keyboard
- Illuminated controls provide instant visual feedback. Sustain pedal 0.25 inch jack socket
- Giant 144-character LCD screen. 8 soft trigger pads. Expression pedal 0.25 inch jack socket
- Huge array of touch-sensitive controls and includes Automap 4 PRO Control Software
- Compatible best with Windows 7,8,10 & Mac OS X 10.8,10.9,10.10
This product is available as Certified Refurbished.
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Novation's 25 SL Mk II has been designed to give you complete control over your music making software. SL MkII can directly control your plug-in instruments and FX (you also get an Italian made, semi-weighted keyboard mechanism). SL MkII comes with Automap, a piece of software that has been designed to make the job of assigning your hardware controls to various software parameters quick and easy. Automap enables knobs, faders and buttons to instantly control plug-in instruments/FX, as well as your sequencer's mixer, transport controls and more. Open a plug-in instrument/FX, and you have instant access to all the plug-in parameters. This allows you to assign knobs, faders and buttons, by simply clicking on the software parameter, and touching the control.
Since Novation was born back in 1992, the company name has become synonymous with world-class analogue modeling synthesizers and unrivalled MIDI controller keyboards and solutions. The product range continues to receive critical acclaim from the music press and win numerous awards for outstanding technology and usability. Fantastic build quality, true musical instrument feel and intuitive controls are just three of the reasons why Novation's digital musical instruments are simply a joy to play. To keep products up to date and in tune with the user's needs, Novation continually provides improved operating systems and brand new software available for download. OS updates are fueled and inspired by suggestions from existing users, so comments about Novation products are actively encouraged.
Works with Your Sequencer
SL MkII will give you transport and mixer control in all major DAW/sequencers. You can also get instant control of external plug-in instruments/FX (like Native Instruments and FXpansion which are not included with your DAW). SL MkII will also give you instant control over major DAWs own plug-in instruments/FX: Ableton, Logic 9, Pro Tools, Cuebase/Nuendo, Reason/Record, and Sonar.
Touch, Click, It's Assigned
Novation knows that producers, musicians and sound designers want hands-on control of their music software without the headaches that come with controllers. SL MkII uses Novation's Automap control software to solve these problems. With over 56 assignable controls, you need to be able to assign things quickly, and keep track of which knob, fader or button is controlling which bit of your software.
Huge Array of Touch-Sensitive Controls
Touch any knob or fader and all information (name and value of whatever it is controlling) will appear on the LCD screen above it. Automap's software edit page shows you a graphic of the entire control surface, with every control labeled, on your computer monitor. LED rings around the knobs instantly show the value of whatever they're controlling, and each button lights up when switched on.
High-Quality Professional Keyboard
The keyboard is a velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action keyboard with assignable after-touch. An Italian-made keyboard mechanism plays like a musical instrument rather than a computer accessory.
Illuminated Controls Provide Instant Visual Feedback
Brightly lit LED rings around the eight smooth encoders, and backlit buttons provide instant visual feedback.
Giant 144-Character LCD Screen
The long LCD screen is large enough to show the name and value of entire rows of knobs, faders or buttons, instantly displaying what each control is assigned to.
USB Bus Powered
SL MkII is totally portable as it does not require an external power supply. It draws power straight from your USB port.
X-Y Control Pad
The "Xpression" pad and adjustably sprung pitch/mod joystick are both freely assignable to any parameter.
Automap 3 PRO Control Software
Automap is a piece of software that comes with all Novation controllers. It has been designed to make the job of assigning your hardware controls to various software parameters quick and easy. Automap enables knobs, faders and buttons to instantly control plug-in instruments/FX, as well as your sequencer's mixer, transport controls and more…
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"
"Speed Dial" is 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" Triggerpads
The SL MkII's triggerpads are programmable, with a soft feel that makes them the ideal platform for sketching out beats or triggering samples.
Dedicated Fully-Assignable Transport Buttons
Control your sequencer's start/stop/loop/record/forward/rewind actions, or switch them out to allow use of more assignable buttons.
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.
- 8 encoders (Infinite Rotation) with touch-sensitivity and 11 segment Led rings
- 8 pots (270 Rotation) with touch-sensitivity
- 8 sliders with touch-sensitivity
- Xpression Pad (as on existing SL)
- Xpression Stick (as on existing SL)
- 8 soft feel trigger pads
- Touch sensitive Speed Dial (as on Nocturn)
- Data Port: 1 x USB (Win XP/Vista and Mac OSX)--Not Class Compliant
- MIDI: MIDI ONE: IN, OUT and Thru, MIDI TWO: OUT
- Sustain Pedal: 1 x 1/4 Jack Input
- Expression Pedal: 1 x 1/4 Jack Input
- Power Switch: Ext DC/USB
- Dimensions: 18.43 x 2.67 x 11.54"
- Weight: 7.28 lb
- Mac OSX 10.4.0 or greater or Windows XP SP2 or greater
- 1GHz Intel or G4 CPU
- 512MB RAM
From the Manufacturer
Novation SL MkII Professional USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
SL MkII is an advanced range of USB/MIDI controllers from Novation, designed to give you complete control over your music-making software. Novation has worked with each of the main DAWs to make sure the 56 knobs, faders and buttons control the things in your software that you need them to control, including direct access to your plug-in instruments and effects. Each SL MkII has an Italian-made professional keyboard and a full control surface powered by Automap 4, which makes it fast and simple to control your music software.
Incredible Italian-Made Professional Keyboard
A velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action keyboard with assignable after-touch, the Italian-made keyboard mechanism plays like a musical instrument rather than a computer accessory. SL MkII comes in three sizes: 25, 49 and 61 keys--as well as a keyless "ZeRO" version which is a compact desktop DAW controller minus the keyboard mechanism.
Automap 4 Control Software--Spend More Time Making Music, Less Time Reading User Guides
SL MkII comes with Automap control software. This gives you instant mapping to the things you need to control, meaning you can make full use of faders, knobs and buttons to get hands-on with your DAW and plug-ins.
Works with All Major DAWs and Plug-In Instruments and Effects
Novation has worked with major music software manufacturers to ensure SL MkII gives you instant hands-on control. In addition to the major DAWs--Ableton, Cubase, Logic, and Pro Tools--SL MkII and Automap 4 have been specially designed to give you full control of third party plug-in instruments and effects, like Native Instruments, UAD, or FXpansion. SL MkII also comes with a stack of free software and sounds, including over 1 GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.
144-character LCD: Large Screen Shows Exactly What You Are Controlling
SL MkII's massive LCD screen displays information about what each knob, button and fader is controlling. It is large enough to show the name and value of entire rows of knobs, faders or buttons, instantly displaying what each control is assigned to. The screen lines up with controls so you can identify the assignment of each one, without having to look at the software GUI.
Intelligent Controls: Back Lit, LED-Ringed, Touch-Sensitive Controls
Illuminated controls provide feedback information about what controls are doing. Brightly lit LED rings around encoders tell you the position of your filter cutoff, and back-lit buttons will indicate whether a track is muted or not. Each pot, encoder and fader is touch sensitive so by simply touching the control, you can bring up information about that entire row of faders on the LCD screen without having to move the control and lose your settings.
SL MkII can be USB powered, with expression and sustain pedal inputs as well as MIDI in and out ports for connecting external MIDI instruments.
Which Novation SL MkII Professional USB MIDI Controller Keyboard is Right for You?
|25 SL MkII||49 SL MkII||61 SL MkII||ZeRO|
|Number of Keys||25||49||61||No Keys|
|Precision semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch||No Keyboard|
|Automap 4 software included|
|Ableton Live Lite, Novation's Bass Station synth, Loopmasters and Mike the Drummer sample packs included|
|External DC/USB powered|
|Expression and sustain pedal inputs|
|MIDI in and out ports for connecting external MIDI instruments|
|USB Data Port|
Since Novation was born back in 1992, the company name has become synonymous with world-class analogue modeling synthesizers and unrivalled MIDI controller keyboards and solutions. The product range continues to receive critical acclaim from the music press and win numerous awards for outstanding technology and usability. Fantastic build quality, true musical instrument feel, and intuitive controls are just three of the reasons why Novation's digital musical instruments are simply a joy to play. To keep products up to date and in tune with the user's needs, Novation continually provides improved operating systems and brand new software available for download. Firmware updates are fueled and inspired by suggestions from existing users, so comments about Novation products are actively encouraged.
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1. Stability/age of product - at first I considered this a negative, but after trying some of the competition (the Panorama), and seeing how long it takes for updates to come out, I realized support for a controller is just as important as it ever was, no matter how flashy the marketing. The SL Mkii just works. Automap can take a while to customize to your idea of perfection, but at the same time, it gives very useful mappings with very little upfront work. I like to read instructions first carefully, and even so, it only took me an hour to feel like I knew how to use it all and customize as time permits down the road.
2. Keybed - I waited on getting this because it seemed like people were down on the keybed - they're wrong. This is a very nice synth action Fatar keybed. To me, it felt the same as the last line of Yamaha workstations (the ones without hammer weight keys, of course), which also use Fatar. I also used to have an Access Virus TI, which had a very wonderful synth action keybed. I seem to remember it having a very nice curved edge to the keys, but in terms of overall feel, this feels very close, if not the same. In fact, the keys on this Mkii feel even nicer than they keys on my Moog Sub37! Less travel, but less 'plonky'. This is the perfect addition for me to my Kronos weighted/hammer keybed. I don't really like middle ground/compromise keybeds.
3. Touch sensitive - I didn't even realize it had this on the rotaries on sliders until I got it - works just as well as my Push, showing you what's on offer for that row of controls instantly!
4. LCD - I do wish it could change contrast to be more easily readable from a rear angle, but it's not bad. Also, the number of characters is very usable. I know when I used to have a Mackie Control C4, it seemed to truncate labels way too often; on here, I feel there's just about always enough space for the label and value to be understood.
5. Faders - the small throw of the faders was a negative for me when researching, but to be honest, they're perfect - this is because they have a good bit of even friction to their movement. On my Panorama, the non-motorized faders have more throw, but they 'stick' throughout their travel - pretty much unusable for smooth movements. The faders on the MkII have enough friction where you can just slide them with one finger, nice and slowly and evenly. They're not loose at all. I think this gets missed in other reviews. Plus I'd rather have all the other buttons it has, and I wish Novation would come out with a motorized fader pack (in the meantime, I am keeping a close eye on the new Behringer motorized fader packs, they seem to be the perfect complement to this).
6. Encoders - it's perfect that they included both endless and restricted encoders. I know for some functions I'll want the varying acceleration of the endless (with the led indicator of overall value position), but for others, it's very nice to have a classic, restricted movement pan pot (such as for panning!).
7. Fit and finish - to be honest, while the Panorama seemed to look newer, and perhaps a step up in quality, having both in person, the Mkii actually looks more solid (to me - I think to most it would look at least equal to any other controller). I like that it's as slim as it can be (I slide it under my desk), and it doesn't look cheap or plasticky at all in person - it looks like a solid, working producer's controller. Nothing fancy, just a lot of quality, hands on control, waiting to be customized. I even like the fact that they didn't put predetermined transport keys - instead, there's markings for the buttons that would be used for those, but the buttons themselves are the same as any other button, so if you don't want transport controls on the controller, you can use them for anything without a visual cue that doesn't link up.
At the end of the day, the fact that Automap works with your plugins no matter what DAW you're in is the key. No one else is doing that still! (maybe M-Audio, but to me, their controllers' keybeds feel like toys) Panorama only works with third party VSTs in Cubase (maybe Logic also) - but they just don't have that many mapped, and if you use Live or Bitwig, it doesn't 'see' third party plugins at all. (I wish this was more upfront on the Panorama because I would have gotten the Mk ii to start with!)
The only negative I've found so far is that, on Mac, the Automap software doesn't let you specify a custom VST path. This is helpful if you want to automap your plugins hidden from your DAW(s) first, so that you can then just move the automap wrapper versions back into the DAW plugin path. So, unless your DAW can specifically block/hide certain plugins, you'll always see both the original and automapped versions of the plugin, on a Mac.
I would recommend this even if it still cost the same as when they were new on the market (or even twice as much as the current price). At the current prices, don't see it as a red flag of quality - just the mark of something that was built so well, it's endured for so many years without needing to be changed!
Pros: Automap works great. The feel of the keys is superb coming from a Korg Triton Extreme owner - not cheap at all. The knobs/dials are also great quality.
Cons: This was my first USB keyboard. It claims to be able to be powered via USB only. When I was first using it I used ProTools First (free), and the keyboard would work for a while, then quit sending midi data (however the keyboard still had a display/leds/etc). I uninstalled it blaming ProTools and switched to a demo version of Reason 8 - same deal happened. I started to think the keyboard was bad. On a whim, I got a 9v 1500mAMP DC adaptor for it - and it solved the problem. It works great now. For the record, I have a 750W power supply and a high end PC - so I am not sure what the deal is with the USB power (tried different ports USB 3 and 2 both).
For the price however, this is a much higher quality keyboard than I expected. I wouldnt have paid $800 for it, but its a steal at $399....
The display is great and all the buttons and knobs really come in handy! If you do not know how to set this stuff up, it will do it for you!(although I recommend figuring out how to set up your own controller and make it just how you like)
The Automap software would be AWESOME if it wasn't so buggy. At least with my Pro Tools 11 setup, the software would have so many problems syncing it's not even worth mentioning how great it WOULD be if it didn't stop working every few minutes. I really REALLY wanted it to work, but it caused to me to have to restart Automap and PT11 and my keyboard every few minutes.
Oh well. Great hardware controller nonetheless. Be sure to get the DC adapter if you've got other USB powered devices on your system. Underpowering this unit can cause some major headaches.
UPDATE: Automap seems to be working now. Not sure if it was an update with Automap or Pro Tools, but it's so great to be to able to have all my mapping options laid out on the screen and be able to edit them there instead on some dinky LCD screen. Upgraded to 5-Stars!
The action is awesome. It feels a lot like my Hammond M3, so doing glisses and whatnot doesn't feel like the keyboard is going to disintegrate. It has a full collection of rotery encoders, slides, button and velocity sensitive pads. Like I said, it's just a miniature version of my SL MkII 61. I *love* this thing.
Once you have AutoMap set up with your SW synths and DAW, it's easy to program things to work as you wish. That mean less time diddling around with the computer and more time playing.
I've ordered the Novation Backpack case for the SL MkII 25 so I can travel light and still be able to play anywhere I go.