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Novation 61 SL MkII 61-Key Remote MIDI Controller

B&H # NOR61SLMK2 Mfr # 61-SLMKII
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Product Highlights
  • DAW Control Surface
  • Semi-weighted Keys
  • 144-Character Display
  • LED-Lit Buttons and Encoders
  • Automap 3 PRO Software

The Novation 61 SL MkII 61-Key Remote MIDI Controller integrates a semi-weighted keyboard with a 144-character display, back-lit LED buttons and encoders. These 56 knobs, faders and buttons can be quickly mapped with the Automap 3 PRO software.

High Quality Professional Keyboard
Velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action keyboard from Fatar, with assignable after-touch
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
Places all the essential data right alongside the relevant controls
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
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 adjustable sprung pitch/mod joystick, both freely assignable in MIDI Controlling mode
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
Xcite+ Bundle
Includes 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
Keyboard 61 Semi-weighted Keys
Controls 8 Encoders (Infinite Rotation) with touch-sensitivity and 11 segment LED rings
8 Pots (270 Rotation) with touch-sensitivity
8 Sliders with touch-sensitivity
32 Buttons with integrated LEDs (37 in MIDI mode]
8 soft feel Trigger pads
Xpression Pad
Xpression Stick
Touch sensitive Speed Dial
Connectors Data Port: 1 x USB (Win XP/Vista and Mac OSX - Not Class Compliant
MIDI: MIDI 1: IN, OUT and Thru, MIDI 2: OUT
Sustain Pedal: 1 x 1/4" Jack Input
Expression pedal: 1 x 1/4" Jack Input
Power switch: Ext DC/USB
Minimum System Requirements Mac OSX 10.4.0 or greater (Leopard also supported) or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or greater (Vista 32/64 also supported)
Minimum Computer spec: Mac - G4/1GHz, both with 256MB RAM or PC - Pentium 3/1GHz/256MB RAM (machines running Vista will require a higher spec)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 37.99 x 2.68 x 11.54" (965 x 68 x 293mm)
Weight 13.45 lbs (6.1kg)
Novation 61 SL MkII 61-Key Remote MIDI Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Automap 3 PRO Software
  • Xcite+ Bundle
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Novation61 SL MkII 61-Key Remote MIDI Controller
     
    4.3

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Versatile (5)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (4)
      • Performances (4)
      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
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      3.0

      61 SL MKII Novation Keyboard

      By jlsax1

      from Lincoln RI

      Verified Buyer

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            Comments about Novation 61 SL MkII 61-Key Remote MIDI Controller:

            It took two installations for the auto map functions to kick into Logic Pro but things are working well now. Wish they would have included more than 8 faders as I use typically 20 plus tracks.. having the transport functions handy on the keyboard is handy.. The drum pads are virtually useless. Could have put in better pads for sure. the action is standard synth action but a touch heavier than lets say a korg, alexis, roland synth. Would have paid extra for a true weighted keyboard that simulates a piano. The Yamaha Arius and S 90 series have much better feel. but all in all great value for the money.

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            4.0

            Great for this hobbyist

            By Jonny

            from Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Novation 61 SL MkII 61-Key Remote MIDI Controller:

              I got the 61SL MKII as a keyboard for soft synths and a control surface for Cubase mainly.

              It took some finicking to get Cubase and Automap to recognize each other and function correctly, but after that, the controller nicely integrates with Cubase. Automap instantly grabs any plugin or instrument launched and allows quick reconfiguring or customizing.

              As many reviewers know, the touch-sensitive controls pick up even the slightest accidental bump, so the implementation is a little clunky, but the feature is certainly useful.

              I really have to bang keys or drum pads to get full velocity, although I believe the controller can be calibrated for my light touch.

              Novation have kept the operating of the SL MKII pretty intuitive and simplified, and minimized the use of menu searching to mostly configuration-related or deep-editing of the controller parameters. My daily uses mostly involve tweaking of mixer faders, transport control, and VST control, all of which are a breeze.

              The semi-weighted keyboard has a nice feel, with solid action. Among the best semi-weighted keys I've played.

              Speed dial is a great feature for quick parameter control.

              The major shortfall is the lack of LCD screen directly above the faders, which would be very useful to identify the currently assigned parameter for each fader. Since the LCD screen and faders are not aligned, it takes some thought to line up the fader with one of the listed parameters. It's manageable, but a bit of a workflow impediment. Also, the LCD screen is very narrow and is best viewed from nearly directly above, which is not the natural playing position. Having the LCD screen tipped more forward would be helpful.

              The overall construction and the feel of faders and pots are nice, though not top notch. Detented pots for the top row would be optimal, but its not a huge disappointment.

              Overall, this is a great functional controller with a few minor flaws which don't detract heavily from the overall experience. The user's learning curve is quick which allows me to focus on creating music, which is certainly the most important aspect of this unit.

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              4.0

              Great Midi Controller. Great Quality

              By Dan Gore

              from Nashville, TN

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Novation 61 SL MkII 61-Key Remote MIDI Controller:

                First and foremost, let me address the ONLY reason I gave this keyboard a four star rating has to do with Automap, not the keyboard itself. Automap was confusing and incredibly hard to get working right off the bat and I found it very frustrating trying to get it to sync with the keyboard and the computer. I am a Reason 6 user and it was unclear what exactly was needed to get things started in the preferences, downloading the proper version of Automap, etc. However, I discovered you can run the keyboard (assign knobs/faders/keys) without Automap which made my life much easier--much quicker. On the other hand, I am certain using Automap will at some point reveal a much greater level of control for the keyboard, i simply wish it was a simpler format instead of running both Automap and Reason programs simultaneously and pulling up two separate screens to assign things etc.

                In and of itself, the keyboard works excellent. The design and layout of all the buttons are ergonmically designed and easy to read. The touch sensitive knobs and faders are the win for me. Excellent. Helps so much to just simply put your finger on the control you're about to move and have brackets come up on the screen letting you know the value of not only that row but specifically the knob or fader your hand is on. I can tell much effort was put into designing things within logical reach of the live player as well as studio musicians. Perfect for both.

                All in all, a great product, definitely worth the buy. Don't let Automap disenchant you from purchasing. I also purchased the M-audio Axiom pro 61. Took it back for this bad boy. I am much happier with the Novation--the quality of the keys, the design, the screen size, the knobs with led lights. Do yourself a favor. Get it.

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                5.0

                Wow !

                By David MeShow

                from Québec, Canada

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Perfect feeling
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Novation 61 SL MkII 61-Key Remote MIDI Controller:

                  I had a M-Audio Axiom in the past. Now I'm rediscovering what is a great desk MIDI controller. The feeling is really perfect. The software is really easy to use. It looks great. It's intuitive. A really great MIDI keyboard. It's sometimes hard to program some custom mapping for the plugins and softwares but I see that as a bonus to be able to adjust everything from the computer with the keyboard.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing! Very Powerful and Gig Worthy

                  By Noise Is My Art

                  from East Coast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • Easy to Customize
                  • Easy to Navigate
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Novation 61 SL MkII 61-Key Remote MIDI Controller:

                      Its a sturdy keyboard that has stood up to the 2 months of work I've put into it since I got it. It's great for bigs and wonderful for working in ableton. I often switch between ableton mode and automap mode controlling various vsts.

                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Where have you been all my life?

                      By rove the groove

                      from New London, CT

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Novation 61 SL MkII 61-Key Remote MIDI Controller:

                        I use this in my bedroom studio. I control my softsynths and DAW with this. I almost have no more use for my mouse using automap. It's nice using faders to mix instead of a mouse. I wish it had a 9th fader for a dedicated volume control, and for drawbar usage in B4II.

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