Novation 25 SL MkII 25-key USB MIDI Controller
Novation 25 SL MkIIhas 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. Novation 25 SL MkII 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 of Novation Remote 25 SL MkII 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 Novation Remote 25 SL MkII 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!
High quality professional keyboard
Illuminated controls provide instant visual feedback
Giant 144-character LCD screen
Huge array of touch-sensitive controls
Automap 3 PRO Control Software
Further Hardware Features
MIDI control interface.
Novation's unique "speed dial"
Programmable "soft-feel" drumpads
Unique 2-Axis Controls
Dedicated, yet fully-assignable transport buttons.
USB buss powering
Includes the Xcite+ bundle
Key Features - Automap 3
Automap 3 PRO software comes bundled free with SL Mk II, and boasts the following features:
Intelligent control over all sequencers and VST/AU/RTAS/TDM plug-ins. Automap 3 removes the pain and time involved in assigning MIDI parameters, and all layouts are fully customisable.
Heads-up transparent control GUI Places a transparent control map across your computer screen - see at a glance how the parameters are automatically assigned to each of SL Mk II' controls.
Instant "learn" function of Novation Remote 25 SL MkII Simply click on the software parameter and touch a touch-sensitive control to assign it. Now you can re-assign every control in seconds.
Keystroke Assignments - Automap 3 can assign almost any computer keyboard shortcuts to hardware controls. For example arrow key functions can now be assigned to hardware controls, allowing you to flick between tracks using buttons on your SL/Nocturn. You could also zoom in and out, open windows or create and jump to markers in your DAW.
Innovative MIDI support within Automap Name your parameters and store mappings for later use. The same heads-up display provides quick and simple assigning of regular MIDI parameters. This ensures SL MkII can also turn its hand to controlling the few software application that still rely solely on the MIDI protocol.
Plug-in and Mixer Browser Lets you review all open plug-ins, then quickly switch to control and one of them. Mixer 'MIDI maps' can be created, saved and recalled via the same map browsing facility.
Autoview Mode - Optional Autoview mode means that the GUI only becomes visible when a controller is touched, then it disappears again allowing you to get back to your DAW.
What are the differences between ReMOTE SL and SL Mk II?
Mk II ships with the latest Automap 3 PRO
All dials and faders are now touch-sensitive
All SL Mk II's buttons are illuminated
Mk II features a single LED screen (as it now features the Automap Heads-up GUI)
SL MK II0's top row of dials have 11-LED rings for instant feedback
Top row of encoders are now smooth, rather than detented.
SL Mk II's transport control buttons can also be used as fully assignable buttons.
SL Mk II features new "soft-feel" drum pads.
No longer features batteries
8 Encoders (Infinite Rotation) with touch-sensitivity and 11 segment Led rings
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) ?ˇěC this way, manual MIDI mode is separate from Automap mode and can be avoided completely if preferred
Rear Panel connections are as follows:
Data Port: 1 x USB (Win XP/Vista and Mac OSX - Not Class Compliant
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)
Size (25 key): W=468mm, H=68mm, D=293mm
25SL net weight : 3.3kg /unit
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