Novation 49 SL Mk IIItem ID: SLmk2-49
49-key USB MIDI Controller with Semi-weighted Keys, 56 Knobs/Faders/Buttons, and DAW and Automap Software — Mac/PC
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Serious DAW Control to Streamline Your Workflow!Novation's 49 SL Mk II gives you more than just high-quality MIDI control via its semi-weighted keyboard. This 49-key USB controller doubles as a professional DAW and plug-in control surface. Thanks to its giant 144-character display, back-lit LED buttons, and LED-ringed encoders, the Novation 49 SL Mk II lets you know the status of all of your controls. Plus, you can easily manage all 56 of your controls, using the Automap 3 PRO software that comes included with the Novation 49 SL Mk II.
Novation 49 SL Mk II 49-key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller at a Glance:
Take a hands-on, touch-sensitive approach to all aspects of making music
The Novation 49 SL Mk II provides 49 great-feeling, semi-weighted keys for expressively playing in musical parts. Beyond that, though, the Novation 49 SL Mk II offers a full 16-knob, 8-fader, 32-button control surface, so you can take charge of your software, make adjustments to plug-ins, and ultimately speed up your workflow. You'll especially love the Novation 49 SL Mk II's touch-sensitive "soft-feel" drumpads — perfect for sketching beats or triggering samples — and its unique 2-axis Xpression Pad and Pitch/mod Joystick controls.
Map controls at break-neck speed using the included Automap 3 PRO software
It's incredibly easy to assign out controls on the Novation 49 SL Mk II MIDI controller. That's because it comes with a copy of Novation's Automap 3 PRO software. This powerful program lets you simply touch the controller, click on a an on-screen parameter, and consider the control assigned. You can even assign almost any QWERTY or ASCII keyboard shortcut to the hardware controls. On-screen, you can manage your mappings, rename them, or swap them by dragging and dropping — it's all really easy and really fast. Plus, there's an "Autoview" function, which only brings up the Automap 3 PRO GUI when you touch a 49 SL Mk II controller — it will hide the GUI after the controller is released. Automap 3 PRO offers intelligent control over all sequencers and VST/AU/RTAS/TDM plug-ins. It gets better, though — keep reading to find out about the Novation 49 SL Mk II's extensive visual feedback.
LED visual feedback keeps you in touch with every MIDI assignment
With most MIDI controllers, you have to memorize the way you've mapped out your control assignments — not an easy task and one that makes it nearly impossible to collaborate with anyone else while you work. The Novation 49 SL Mk II, though, sports an LED screen above the row of encoders. It displays words to tell you just what you've assigned to each control. Beyond that, those encoders feature an LED ring around them, so you get the visual cues you need to set levels or take note of your levels — whether you're in the studio or out on a dark stage. Add to that 32 assignable back-lit buttons, and you'll have a lot of control — and important feedback — with your Novation 49 SL Mk II.
Includes the Xcite+ Pack, so you can immediately start getting creative
Make music straight out of the box with your Novation 49 SL Mk II USB MIDI controller. It comes with the Xcite+ bundle, which includes popular Ableton Live 7 Lite DAW software. Beyond that, the Novation 49 SL Mk II controller's Xcite+ Pack comes with 502MB of Mike the Drummer live drum loops, the Novation Bass-station synth, and a 1GB Loopmasters Samples library.
Bus-powered for the musician on the go
You can take your Novation 49 SL Mk II out anywhere — to a friend's house or out to the coffee shop. Just pair it with a laptop and you're automatically mobile, as the Novation 49 SL Mk II can be powered completely by USB bus power from yoru computer.
Novation 49 SL Mk II 49-key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Features:
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The Novation 49 SL Mk II puts powerful virtual instrument, plug-in, and DAW controller right under your fingertips!
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Mario, Indianapolis, IN
Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
One Of The Best I have Had !!!!!
by Elo The Source Beatz from OhioThis Controller is Sick i have used alot of Controller but this one is in a space of its own not for the person who is just having nothing but fun this Controller is for rhe real hart to hart Music Pr... read more [+]oducer ect.. it has all of that and some you must be ready for this Controller it need tou to give it a run rof its money novation put there foot down on this one auto map is real nice and user User Friendly its not a plug and paly from the box to the daw you can set what you want from the samml things to the big stuff I can go on and on about this Master Controller. close [-]
October 31, 2009
Music Background: Producer / Recording Engineer / Sound Engineer
A great desktop controller
by Greg Mackender from Kansas CityA solid feeling instrument. The keyboard has a good feel, quick action. Knobs and sliders have a good quality feel, not a given in $500-and-under price range. I needed physical midi ports as well as ... read more [+]USB, and the MkII has a full compliment, including 2 out ports. Pedaling: Sustain AND expression (assignable). The pad controllers aren't as up-to-date in size and feel as some other more recent controllers, but surely usable. The Automap software is well thought out, and works fairly seamlessly in the background. Plan to spend a little time learning and making sure your version is current..there's a lot of depth (and potential) there. Finally, the display is great, and keeps itself updated in whatever mode you're in. A 'con' to the above 'pros' : Power supply is now optional, and pricey (USB powering works just fine however). close [-]
February 25, 2012
Music Background: performer
by: Paul Bates
The Novation SL Mk ii 49 is an awesome addition to any studio, project or otherwise.... read more »
An awesome addition to any studio, project or otherwise, the Novation SL Mk II 49 will give you a hands-on approach to your music production at a superb price-point.
by Jason from Los Angeles, CAI suppose this is a step up from the other controllers I've tried, but it is really quirky and is definitely not worth $500 (maybe $250 or $300?). It works okay inside Logic controlling your plugins .... read more [+].. except that the sustain pedal port doesn't work at all, the drum pads are terrible (some trigger very low velocities, others very high --- no matter how hard they are pressed), and the Automap software is slow and buggy. It's next to impossible to use the x/y-axis pad, as well. This thing has to enter a separate mode to transmit standard MIDI --- not something that it is particularly good at --- so it is almost useless if you're trying to control Arturia or NI plug-ins in standalone mode. Finally, for some reason, two of the dials on mine will never work until you manually modify the parameters they're set up to modify using your mouse. After that, they work (no clue why this is so). close [-]
May 4, 2011
Music Background: Longtime Hobbyist
Novation 49 SL Mk II
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