Novation NocturnItem ID: Nocturn
USB MIDI Control Surface with Assignable Rotary Encoders, Crossfader, and Automap Universal 2.0
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A Compact, Portable Control Surface that's Very Effective!The Novation Nocturn compact control surface provides excellent software control for DJs and desktop recordists alike! Nocturn's eight touch-sensitive rotary encoders are accompanied by eight user-assignable buttons, a 45mm professional cross-fader, and a touch-sensitive rotary encoder that takes control of whatever your mouse is focused on. It includes Automap Universal 2.0, which provides automatic and intelligent control of all automatable plug-ins within every major sequencer. Take control with the Nocturn!
Novation Nocturn Control Surface with Automap Universal 2.0 at a Glance:
Nocturn features eight touch-sensitive rotary encoders, each equipped with a bright eleven-LED ring (ideal for laptop DJ-ing in a dark club environment). These are accompanied by eight user-assignable illuminated buttons and a smooth, professional 45mm cross-fader. The finishing touch is Novation's unique 'speed dial', a touch-sensitive rotary encoder that instantly takes control of whatever your mouse is focused on!
Automap Universal 2.0
Featuring a revolutionary 'heads-up transparent control GUI', Automap Universal 2.0 places a transparent control map across your computer screen, to be recalled or hidden at will. Little or no user setup is required and plug-in control can be exactly the way you want it, no matter what music software you use. Just boot up the plug-in and you'll see at a glance how the parameters are automatically assigned to each of Nocturn's controls. An instant click and control 'learn' function is also available for quick reassigning of controls, or for creating your own controller map in seconds. Multiple page options mean that you can assign a potentially infinite number of parameters for each plug-in.
Automap Universal 2.0 also categorizes all your control maps. A simple browsing facility lets you review all open plug-ins, then quickly switch to controlling one of them. Automap Universal 2.0 also supports standard MIDI protocol, providing the same transparent display for quick and simple assigning of MIDI parameters. This means Nocturn is capable of handling a hardware MIDI device, any non-automatable plug-ins, or your sequencer mixer. Once a 'MIDI map' is created, it can be saved and recalled via the same map browsing facility. Nocturn's spacious and tactile control layout, side mounted USB socket and ultra-low profile allow it to sit neatly in front of your QWERTY keyboard or on a larger keyboard.
Novation Nocturn Control Surface with Automap Universal 2.0 Features:
The Novation Nocturn puts command over your plug-ins in a versatile, portable package!
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Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
by Randall Moon from Central AlabamaThis thing is Great! The Automap software works perfectly with PT9. Easy to set up and convenient to use. I use this with a ProTools9, HD3 with a Control 24 to control plugins. Gives me a complete set... read more [+] of controls without having to switch between faders and plugins on the control surface. It really speeds the creative process up! close [-]
October 13, 2011
Music Background: Audio for video/Post
An unbeatable control surface for the money!
by Bill from Southern CAThis is real bang for the buck and simply an amazing bit of engineering!. I was really getting fed up using the mouse. My otter option was a MIDI keyboard that is a few years old and a bear to program... read more [+]. Pushing buttons keys and more buttons and keys to do a simple bank switch to learn more settings and then no real way to template the thing to remember whats what. Finally I found the Nocturn price to be surprising. The price I must admit scared me a little. how could the be any good for this money. Well let me tell you I loaded up the latest software from the novation site and set it up for my DAW(which is Logic 9) and wow everything is mapped and labeled. All the instruments ,FX and mixing were there.I even downloaded a few freebies off the internet and to my surprise the Nocturn mapped those as well. This product has an onscreen GUI which you can size and make light or dark.The knobs are touch sensitive so when you touch, say in mix mode, the channel strip you are tweaking lights up.(at least in Logic), and pan or volume,arm what have you works! Want to tweak some parms in your AU RTAS, VST soft synths? Just do it! Its a LOT more pleasurable with the Nocturn. If you don't like the Novation map, you can change it to what ever you like. If you want to make an entirely new map you can do that as well. If you don't know the app that well click on the bottom of the GUI and all the parms for that app will appear for you to select from. All the knobs on the Nocturn unit are ringed with leds and the buttons light up as well. Great for dark environments. There is also a "speed dial" that will control anything the mouse can control. Simply mouse over the intended virtual knob or slider and twist the speed dial and your virtual whatever moves.
January 27, 2010
Music Background: Musician and recording engineer, Simi pro
I absolutely love this product. It brings a higher level of accuracy to your DAW tweaking. I will never go back to the mouse again. You just can't beat what it does for the price! close [-]
They got it right this time...
by David Miles Huber from Seattle, WA USA.... no, really!The Nocturn truly rocks... The automap feature works with all of my selected plugins and I've configured it to work with my nuendo plugs. The on-screen display and ease of use makes this a transparent... read more [+], easy-to-use, no-nonsense controller. Rock-on, Novation! close [-]
July 31, 2008
Music Background: pro musician, producer
That Easy Huh?
by Rick F. from St.Paul MNI have never really had a good time trying to use a control surface, They are either difficult to setup or just plain flimsy and had parts break off.
July 10, 2008
Music Background: 17 years Making and Producing my own music.
The Nocturn and the Automap Univers... read more [+]al software has solved all of those problems for me.
I actually spent time making music last night rather than trying to set it up and assign controllers and such.
Only thing it was missing was it doesn't have a Map for Ableton Live's Mixer controls or an Automap for my MOTU Symphonic Instrument, but it does Automap with every other plugin and plugin Instrument I have(even the freeware ones).
Get this if your tired of Programing you controllers. close [-]
Novation is known for quality construction, components, and gear, and this is exactly what they deliver with this small, almost handheld MIDI controller. The Nocturn is absolutely perfect for programs like Ableton Live, M-Audio Torq, Native Instruments Traktor, Pro Tools, and many more. Its easy-to-see buttons and bright LEDs are a must have in dark clubs and studios. Most importantly, the Automap features on the Nocturn make this one of the best controllers in this price range hands down. Working with plug-ins, program parameters, and DJ software is a breeze with this MIDI controller. Its also very adorable!
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