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... Click To Read More About This Product
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.
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Comments about Novation 49SL MkII Keyboard Controller:
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.
Comments about Novation 49SL MkII Keyboard Controller:
Unlike certain midi controllers that works with a perticular DAW' the MkII adapts to the industry standard Pro Tools etc.
Thanks to automap 4
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