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Novation 49SL MkII Keyboard Controller

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The Novation 49SL MkII Keyboard Controller is designed to give modern DAW users every dimension of hardware control. The 49SL MkII makes a hands-on approach to navigating software possible, and offers... Read More

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Overview

The Novation 49SL MkII Keyboard Controller is designed to give modern DAW users every dimension of hardware control. The 49SL MkII makes a hands-on approach to navigating software possible, and offers control over audio mixing and software plug-ins. It represents extraordinary value as a controller, integrating a DAW control surface with a quality semi-weighted keyboard (with after-touch) and the most intuitive plug-in mapping capabilities available - presided over by Automap 3 PRO; unquestionably the most advanced control software on the market.

49SL MkII upholds Novation's reputation for building quality hardware (like the SL MkI, they will also appeal to performers who need a well-constructed keyboard onstage). Quality is not just reflected in their robustness, but more importantly in the way the 49SL MkII has been designed with every detail calculated to maximize workflow. The 49SL MkII'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. 49SL MkII has a giant 144-character ultrabright 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. 49SL 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 49SL 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 standalone use. As well as USB interfacing, the 49SL MkII has 1 MIDI in, 1 MIDI thru and 2 MIDI outs.

The power behind the 49SL 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 49SL MkII has been touched!

High quality professional keyboard
Velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action keyboard from Fatar, with assignable aftertouch. 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 ultraflexible DAW control and Auto-mappable plug-in controls, 16 knobs, 8 faders, and 32 assignable backlit LED buttons.

Automap 3 PRO Control Software
49SL MkII comes with Automap software which enables you to instantly map software parameters to faders, buttons, encoders and pots, and other controllers.

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 49 SL Mk II's buttons are illuminated
  • Mk II features a single LED screen (as it now features the Automap Heads-up GUI)
  • 49 SL Mk II's top row of dials have 11-LED rings for instant feedback
  • Top row of encoders are now smooth, rather than detented
  • 49 SL Mk II's transport control buttons can also be used as fully assignable buttons
  • 49 SL Mk II features new 'soft-feel' drum pads
Xcite+ bundle ships free with 49 SL Mk II 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 of1GB of royalty free samples
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): 28.2" (approx.) x 2.68 " x 11.54 " (716.3 approx. x 68 x 293 mm)
  • Weight: 10.36 Lb. approx., (4.7 kg approx.)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
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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5.0

Exceeds expectations

By Brian Halonen

from Pensacola FL

This Novation replaced a different-brand 49-key controller that failed without warning, so I was careful and thorough in deciding what I would get next. Reviews elsewhere of the Novation 49SL MkII were generally positive, but mentioned that it had a spring-to-zero modulation control, which was nearly a deal-breaker for me. After talking to my go-to guy at the local Guitar Center, it seemed the programmable X-Y pad could sub for a modulation control for my needs. Everything else about it was very favorable, and it was popular enough that they were out of stock on it, so I ordered one. While absorbing the typically dense documentation for the controller, I learned that there's a switch on the bottom of the unit that permits the user to set the modulation control to spring-to-zero or stay-where-it's-left. That was a pleasant surprise. Even more surprising was that the Automap software actually worked, linking up to Logic Pro 9 without much trouble. I say "much" trouble due to some initial plug-in validation weirdness which eventually worked itself out. Now Automap launches with Logic, and if I select an Automapped version of a plug-in, its controls are accurately mapped to the Novation. Not only nothing to complain about, but a few things that were better than expected. I've had it only two weeks but have given it a pretty good work-out without encountering any problems. It's lighter than my previous controller, and its display, though not as large vertically, is wider and far more useful. Automap has an appreciable learning curve, but if you're familiar with MIDI it's no more difficult than any other automation software, and more logical than some I've used. Based on what I know about it so far, I'd recommend the Novation 49SL MkII without reservation.

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