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      Novation 61 SL MkII Keyboard Controller (523337)
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Combines a high-quality semi-weighted keyboard with a full DAW and plug-in control surface.

The Novation 61SL MkII Keyboard Controller gives modern DAW users every dimension of hardware control. The 61SL MkII offers a hands-on approach to navigating software, audio mixing and controlling plug-ins. The Novation 61SL MkII is an extraordinary MIDI controller value. It integrates a DAW control surface with a quality semi-weighted keyboard—with after-touch—and the most intuitive plug-in mapping capabilities available. All this musical goodness is presided over by Automap 3 PRO—arguably the most advanced control software on the market.

61SL MkII upholds Novation's reputation for building quality hardware (like the SL Mk I, they will also appeal to performers who need a well-constructed keyboard on stage). Quality is not just reflected in their robustness, but more importantly in the way the 61SL Mk II has been designed with every detail calculated to maximize workflow. The 61 SL Mk II's visually feeds back all controller information to the user with back lit buttons and encoder LED rings.

The difficulty with other control surfaces is in knowing what is assigned to what. 61SL MkII has a giant 144-character ultra-bright LCD screen that displays all the parameter names and values for the currently selected row of controllers. All 8 faders and 16 knobs are touch sensitive, so the moment one is touched, the display shows the names and values on that row and puts brackets around the controller that is currently being touched. This enables the user to see which parameter is assigned to the controller without having to change the value, or refer to their software. 61SL MkII also has a dedicated 'Speed Dial' knob, which can be used to change the value of any parameter the cursor is positioned over without making any assignments whatsoever.

The 8 continuous rotary encoders have 11 segment LED rings around each of them, allowing encoders to behave like pots so the user can see the value before moving them. All the buttons have LED lights underneath them so users can instantly see their status without having to press them. There are 8 soft-feel drum pads, a pitch/modulation wheel and an X/Y Xpression touchpad which, (along with footswitch and sustain pedal inputs), are all fully assignable to any parameter with the Automap software

The 61SL MkII has been designed to draw minimum current so it can be used as a USB buss-powered device, and an optional 9V DC power supply can be added for stand-alone use. As well as USB interfacing, the 61SL MkII has 1 MIDI in, 1 MIDI thru and 2 MIDI outs.

The power behind the 61SL MkII's unique ability to map controllers at the touch of a button is contained within the included Automap software. Automap 3 PRO enables users to map controllers with incredible speed and ease—no more digging through MIDI continuous controller numbers, the Automap server takes care of it all. Automap's GUI gives the user a visual representation of all the current mappings on screen, as well as the ability to save and manage mappings across different projects. There is also an option to only bring up the GUI when a controller on the 61SL MkII has been touched!

High quality professional keyboard
Velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action keyboard from Fatar, with assignable after-touch. Novation delivers 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
61SL MkII comes with Automap software which enables you to instantly map software parameters to faders, buttons, encoders and pots and other controllers.

Novation 61 SL MkII Keyboard Controller Features:

  • High quality professional keyboard
    Illuminated controls provide instant visual feedback
    Giant 144-character LCD screen
    Huge array of touch-sensitive controls
    Automap 3 PRO Control Software
    MIDI control interface.
    Novation's unique 'speed dial'
    Programmable 'soft-feel' drumpads
    Unique 2-Axis Controls
    Dedicated, yet fully-assignable transport buttons.
    USB buss powering
    Mk II ships with the latest Automap 3 PRO
    All dials and faders are now touch-sensitive
    All 61SL MkII's buttons are illuminated
    MkII features a single LED screen (as it now features the Automap Heads-up GUI)
    61SL MkII's top row of dials have 11-LED rings for instant feedback
    Top row of encoders are now smooth, rather than detented
    61SL MkII's transport control buttons can also be used as fully assignable buttons
    61SL MkII features new 'soft-feel' drum pads

    Xcite+ bundle ships free with 61SL MkII and consists of the following:
    Ableton Live 7 Lite software (DAW)
    502MB of Mike the drummer drum loops - Quality live drum loops
    Novation Bass-station synth
    Loopmasters Samples library consisting of 1GB of royalty free samples


Novation 61 SL MkII Keyboard Controller Specifications:

  • Connectivity :
    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

    Minimum Operational Requirements (taken from Nocturn) :
    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 (W x H x D): 38.0" x 2.68" x 11.54", (965 x 68 x 293 mm)
    Weight: 13.44 lb., (6.1 kg)


Novation 61 SL MkII Keyboard Controller

Warranty Statement
All Novation products are built to the highest standards and should provide reliable performance for many years, subject to reasonable care, use, transportation and storage.

In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident within 12 months from date of purchase Novation undertakes that the product will be repaired or replaced free of charge if the product is returned to the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In these circumstances, or if you need an out-of-warranty repair to your Novation product, please contact Novation at: mickg@novationmusic.com and you will be advised of the correct return procedure.

Alternatively contact the Novation Reseller from which you purchased the product or the Novation Distributor in your country of residence or business. If you purchase a Novation product outside your country of residence or business you will not be entitled to ask your local Novation Distributor to honour this Limited Warranty, although you may request a chargeable repair.

Alternatively, the unit may be returned at your cost to the dealer you purchased the unit from so that they can organise a Warranty repair with their Novation Distributor.
This Warranty does not include cost of shipping to and from the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In every case it will be necessary to provide the original invoice or store receipt to accompany the defective product to the supplying dealer. This Limited Warranty is offered solely to the first purchaser of the product from an Authorised Novation Reseller (defined as a reseller which has purchased the Product directly from Novation in the UK or its Authorised Distributors outside the U.K,) and is not transferable.

This Warranty is in addition to your Statutory Rights in the country of purchase.

Please note: A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product which may be expected from a reasonable interpretation of the published description and performance specifications as published by Novation. This does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

A significant proportion of products returned under Warranty (which are very few in number compared to numbers sold) are found not to exhibit any fault at all. Please check that the mains voltage is correctly set for your local supply and that your connecting cables are in good order and correctly connected.

If in doubt about the product functions please read the user guide and if necessary contact your dealer for advice before returning the product to the supplying dealer. You can also contact us for general advice.

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  • Very sturdy controller

    As reviewed by Eddie on 5/20/2010

    This thing is really well built. It has a great feeling when playing the keys and tweaking the knobs. If you are tired of cheap feeling controllers, this is the answer to your prayers.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • MUCH better keys than the Akai line

    As reviewed by John M. on 5/2/2011

    I originally purchased the MPK61. I had read a review on Amazon that the keys were stiff but I went ahead and thought I'd give it a shot. The reviewer was right; the keys are very very stiff. I have a Roland fantom keyboard (76 keys) and there is no comparison between the Akai and the Roland keys - Roland has a much better feel hands down. So with that said, I did further research and found this board which the keys are made by Fatar - a higher end keyboard manufacturer. I got this board and the keys and action are practically identical to that of the Roland. This board is pricey, especially here on Guitar Center - just have them price match it with a lower price you'll find on Google. Akai - well worth it if you're in need of some playable keys. In regards to the knobs and sliders - I would say they are of equal 'quality' as the Akai - usable, but not really anything exception. The pads on the Akai are pretty ghetto - nothing like the MPC pads. Seems like they kind of threw the board together. The pads on this board aren't probably the best for making beats - they're more for doing quick launches and general midi assignment - but it's all about your skill and creativity so they could potentially be very usable! This board seems much more 'professional' and versatile than the Akai. As with most things you get what you pay for and this board is a good example of that. Plus, it's has an on-off switch which the Akai didn't - seriously, no off/on switch?! For the record, I have an APC40 which I think is much more price/quality appropriate so I am an advocate of Akai products. Plus that at least has an on/off switch.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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