Novation have updated their SL range of USB/MIDI controllers, with the release of mark two versions of all four models in the range: the Zero SL, the 25SL, the 49SL and the 61SL. Key new features (excuse the pun) include better visual feedback, and more robust build quality.
The most noticeable difference between old and new SLs, however, is the omission of one of the wide LCDs from the latter. This, say Novation, doesn’t restrict the SL MkII’s visible feedback capabilities for a number of reasons. Firstly, new translucent, backlit buttons enable the user to get more information from the controls themselves (on the SL MkI series, the buttons are made from grey plastic and give no visual feedback). Secondly, LED rings around the topmost rotary encoders provide even more visual information for the user. But most importantly, the SL MkIIs are the first controllers in Novation’s range to ship with version three of Automap, their controller interface software. This features what the developers call a Heads-up GUI, a software representation of the layout of the SL MkII’s controls. Other new features of the mark two SLs include touch-sensitive controllers and updated drum pads.
At the time of writing, prices for the new range were still to be confirmed, but they should be shipping by the beginning of May.
Posts Tagged ‘Novation’
The ReMOTE SL COMPACT MIDI controller + GIGBAG bundle is the first keyboard to provide an affordable route to automatic, instant and intelligent control of all major sequencers and all automatable plug-ins. The SL COMPACT’s giant 144-character screen displays up to eight assigned parameters at once, with the essential data laid out logically right before the user’s eyes.
Automap Universal software ensures that little or no user setup is required. Sequencer controls are automatically mapped to the SL COMPACT the moment the sequencer boots up, whilst all VST or AU parameters are intuitively assigned as soon as a plug-in opens. In addition, an instant click and control ‘learn’ function is available for quick custom assigning, providing personalised plug-in control. The SL COMPACT‘s unique PAC (pointer-assigned control) technology combined with its ‘speed dial’ also help to maximise efficiency by providing tactile control of any parameter on which the mouse pointer rests in Automap Universal mode.
Special Offer – Receive a free Novation Gigbag 25 worth £34.99 when you buy the Novation Remote SL25 Compact from Dolphin Music!!!
In Automap Universal mode, the number of controls is unlimited. In Manual Template mode, the eight encoders and eight buttons with LEDs combine with eight Group select switches to provide 64 different assignable parameters. Eight large, velocity-sensitive trigger pads are also available, ideal for triggering samples or sketching out beats.
With its 25- or 49- key (2- or 4- Octave) professional, semi-weighted keyboard featuring aftertouch, the SL COMPACT upholds Novation’s philosophy of designing real instruments rather than mere computer peripherals. The SL COMPACT provides a truly focused and highly portable MIDI controlling solution through its dedicated transport controls, assignable pitch / mod wheels, and USB bus powering. Novation’s pioneering Automap Universal technology, the huge screen and an unrivalled control set ensure that the ReMOTE SL COMPACT is the only choice for the demanding, modern music maker in search of an intuitive MIDI controller that won’t break the bank. With the SL COMPACT, artists are free to focus on what matter most – their music.
SL COMPACT ships with Novation’s Xcite+ bundle, which features a host of exciting software solutions, including Ableton Live Lite 6; ideal to get the new user started, or to expand the experienced user’s creative toolbox.
The Xcite+ bundle contains:
- Ableton Live Lite 6
- 1 Gigabyte of copyright-free Loopmasters samples
- Novation B-Station synth plug-in
- BFD Lite acoustic drum module plug-in
- Guru drum programming plug-in with library
- ‘Mike the Drummer’ 500Mb drum loops and kit library with REX files
- Arturia Analog Factory SE plug-i,
- Waldorf D-Pole Lite FX plug-in
- Waldorf PPG Wave Lite synth plug-in
- Waldorf Attack Lite analogue drum module plug-in
- Free 1-year membership with i-dance.com (value $25 US)