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Novation 25 SL MKII MIDI Controller Keyboard with Automap

The Novation Remote SL 25 keyboard controller with Automap 3 Pro software is a quality midi controller! It is built solid, the keys feel perfect and is the right size to get mobile. SL Mk II combines a high quality semi-weighted keyboard with a full DAW and plug-in control surface, that visually feeds back all control information to the user. A giant 144-character display, back lit LED buttons and LED ringed encoders show the status of all controls. Ultra-quick mapping of all 56 knobs, faders and buttons is managed by the groundbreaking Automap 3 PRO software.


      SL Mk II has been designed to equip the modern DAW user with every dimension of hardware control, enabling a hands-on approach to navigating software, mixing and controlling 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. 

      SL Mk II 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 SL Mk II has been designed with every detail calculated to maximise workflow. The 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 knowing what is assigned to what. SL Mk II 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. SL Mk II 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 LEDs 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 SL Mk II 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 SL Mk II has 1 MIDI in, 1 MIDI thru and 2 MIDI outs. 

      The power behind SL Mk II'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 SL Mk II has been touched!

      Key Features:

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

      Further Hardware Features:

      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. 

      Novation's 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 adjustably sprung pitch/mod joystick, both freely assignable in MIDI Controlling mode 

      Dedicated, yet fully-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 

      Includes the Xcite+ bundle 
      Featuring 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.

      Physical controls 

      Assignable 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 (as on existing SL)
      • Xpression Stick (as on existing SL)
      • Touch sensitive Speed Dial (as on Nocturn)

      System buttons:

      • General Automap Operation Buttons (Learn, View, Browser Groups etc.)
      • Octave up/down buttons with LED indicator 

      The central system buttons from the SL have been simplified; there is now:

      • 1 Automap button with LED to toggle Automap mode on and off (this replaces the PLAY button) - this way, manual MIDI mode is separate from Automap mode and can be avoided completely if preferred
      • Template and Edit modes have been combined into one edit mode, for editing both individual controls and overall settings within one Template


      Rear Panel connections are as follows:
      • 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 

      Size (25 key): W=468mm, H=68mm, D=293mm 

      25SL net weight : 3.3kg /unit

      Xcite+ Pack
      Xcite+ bundle ships free with 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

      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)
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