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Novation 49SL MkIII, 49-Key Midi Controller
- Bring MIDI hardware and CV/Gate synths together
- Easily integrate hardware with your DAW
- The perfect controller for Ableton Live music-making software
- Internal 8 track pattern based sequencer
- 1 routable clock for the whole system. Novation now offers a 3-Year Warranty on this and all other Novation products.
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SL MkIII is far from your typical keyboard controller. It’s an all-sequencing, all-dancing hub for all of your music making tools. A centerpiece to connect, control and create with your entire setup. Computer or not.
Scales, modes and zones
Work with scales and keys and set up multiple zones and layers on the keyboard.
Eight-track pattern sequencer
Use the high resolution sequencer to record notes as you play them, or input step-by-step. Play and edit your sequences directly from the keyboard.
Keys for the player
SL MkIII boasts our finest, most playable and expressive synth-style semi-weighted keybed, with a sprung action, our highest scan rate and aftertouch.
Choose an arp type, set a sync rate, tweak the length, and then use the pads to design your rhythms in real time.
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Novation SL MKIII is the centerpiece that can be used to control your whole studio, working perfectly alongside your DAW. Make working with your hardware easy and creatively rewarding, and construct your next production in the 8 track polyphonic sequencer, with everything staying in sync. Bring MIDI hardware and CV/gate synths together by plugging them all into SL MKIII, taking total control directly from the internal eight-track polyphonic pattern-based sequencer. Do you use a DAW and crave integrating your favorite hardware? Well, you can have the best of both worlds. Make controlling your software easy by recording productions from a studio centerpiece. We worked with Ableton to create an absolutely stunning keyboard controller for their live music-making software. The five color LCD screens give you full parameter feedback, enabling you to see everything you are controlling. Real time record or input notes per step. Play and edit your sequences directly from the keyboard. Record your movements as automation into the sequencer, bringing life to your production. Whether you're in the box or outside the box, The midi and analogue clock and transport controls keep everything running in time. Choose an ARP type, set a sync rate, tweak the length, and then use the pads to design your rhythms in real time. Highly customizable mappings for hardware and software easily control everything. Create your own templates in the software editor, and save them to the keyboard. Work with scales and keys and set up multiple zones and layers on the keyboard. See everything instantly with vibrant on-key RGB LED feedback. Comprehensive connectivity: USB; MIDI in, Out, out 2/thru; three pedal inputs; analogue clock out; and two CV pitch, gate, and Mod outputs can be used to route anything anywhere.
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One other issue I had was with quality control. When I first opened the box and started playing the keys, I noticed a very strange ticking noise coming from one of the keys. After some investigating, I noticed that there was a very small piece of plastic sticking out from the key to the left, which was coming into contact with the key to it's left, making a ticking noise when pressed. I managed to fix this relatively minor issue by removing the piece of plastic that was sticking out. To be clear, this small piece of plastic was actually part of the key itself. It looks as if during the injection molding process, someone didn't remove the sprues properly. Novation take note! (no pun intended)
Another issue I have with this keyboard is the feel of the keys. The keys are semi-weighted, and they actually feel quite good - if you don't press down too hard and fast. If you press the keys down hard and fast, you will notice that the keys start to "pivot", and the end of the key (in the back) will hit the top of the inside of the case, causing a very noticeable "clack" noise. I'm not sure if this is intended, but it doesn't feel right at all. This keyboard does have aftertouch, but I've owned other keyboards with aftertouch, and they don't require the keys to be pressed down so hard they "pivot" and come into contact with the back of the case itself. It's a very strange feeling. If you don't press the keys too hard or fast, this doesn't happen, but you'll have to do some velocity curve editing within FL Studio to eliminate the need to press that hard in order to get full velocity without the clacking noise from the keys. To be clear, every key does this. Just press down the the very tip of the key, and keep pressing down until the key "pivots" and starts to raise up in the back, hitting the case. I suppose opening the case and adding some foam back there would solve this problem, but I'm not sure that it's actually a problem. Is this intended behavior? If so, what is the "pivot" action for? Is it part of the aftertouch? If so, I will add a start to this review.
As far as features go, I would say that this keyboard works very well with Ableton Live. It was designed with this software in mind, so that makes sense. It's packed full of options, and the on screen menus are easy to navigate. I did not spend much time with the keyboard, so I cannot give a full review. Just be aware of the above issues that I ran into. Perhaps you will have better luck with FL Studio, but I could not fix the random key problem I mentioned above. I'm giving this 3 stars for now. I would still recommend this keyboard if you're into Ableton Live, but watch out for the above key issues.
It's a bit spendy for a controller but for my needs it's totally worth the price. Novation has knocked it out of the park with this. (It's my first Novation product purchase...)
Ability to use DAW for recording, sound volume, design - he is very productive.
I was rather disappointed.
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You won't regret .
Using with my cubase 10 pro 😀