Everything you need for professional production in one MIDI console
Ladies and gentlemen, the Novation 61 SL MkII: A 61-key midi keyboard controller that will blow just about all of it’s competition out of the water. Bam!
This is the largest member of the SL series by Novation, which also includes a 25-key, 49-key, and also a keyless, MIDI control center, model, and it’s italian engineering delivers a drool-worthy performance. With just about every MIDI controlling mechanism developed to date available at your fingertips, easily mapped by included Automap 4 software, you’ll have complete control over your DAW or virtual instruments. *See the ‘Key Features’ section below for an extensive list of every included feature.*
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This unit measures 38” x 11.5” x 2.7” (Width x Depth x Height), which is average width, but a little hefty on the depth. It weighs approximately 13.5 lbs as well, which is not particularly heavy, but a couple of pounds heavier than some of the same class competition.
Novation 61 SL MKII Key Features:
- 61 semi-weighted keys, with aftertouch
- 8 touch-sensitive non-terminating rotary encoders
- 8 touch-sensitive knobs
- 8 touch-sensitive sliders
- 8 touch-sensitive drum trigger pads
- 32 LED backlit buttons
- Large LCD display screen
- Pitch bend and modulation lever (Xpression stick)
- Octave up/down
- Xpression Pad
- Automap 4 software quickly assigns controls to DAW parameters
- USB bus-powered (Optional AC adapter power)
- Mac and Windows compatible
- 2 pedal inputs
- MIDI in/out (x2)/thru ports
- Includes Albeton Live Lite and gigabytes of sample packs and loops!
Who is going to benefit the most from working with the Novation 61 SL MKII?
Because this stunning midi keyboard is stocked to the T with knobs, encoders, faders/sliders, and buttons buttons buttons (!) I would suggest that the newbies take a step back and take a look at some of the other, less complicated, 61-key midi keyboards that would be better suited to their needs.
This machine is designed to act as an advanced companion to the advanced midi musician. Anybody who has a serious passion for electronic music composition will see the value in a tool like this model from the SL series by Novation.
Pros and Cons:
- LED backlit encoders show status values before movement
- Touch sensitivity instantly conveys control information to LCD screen
- Top quality product
- Every control feature possible
- Works well with ALL major DAWs
- Touch sensitivity conundrum
- Novation’s Non-UK customer service
Touch Sensitivity Factor – Ok, so here is the blessing and the curse of having touch sensitivity on such closely arranged controls. When you are working with all of your pre-assigned controls and you go to grab an encoder before realizing that it’s the incorrect one, or you accidentally touch a neighbouring knob, the LCD screen then displays your folly instead of the control you actually meant to use!
While this may seem like a minor nag, it could throw off your groove while trying to find your desired effects on the fly!
Novation’s Non-UK Customer Service Factor – This is something that I”ve brought attention to before in a few other Novation product reviews. Several customer’s have mentioned that those who live in the UK have the option of calling in and getting a service request handled in a matter of minutes. Great!
Now what about the rest of us?
Unfortunately, Novation’s out-of-country customer service leaves a lot to be desired and can leave the questionee hanging for possibly weeks at a time waiting for an email response! For such a fantastic product, you’d expect the have adequate customer service. This is simply poor form on Novation’s part… pull yourselves together guys!
The general consensus is an outstanding YES on the SL MKII 61 midi keyboard controller! This keyboard has got you covered on all fronts and truly involves the composer in an all encompassing musical experience. Well done Novation!
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As always, if you own the Novation SL MKII, please leave a comment below describing your experience with the product, likes/dislikes, feel, playability, etc… The whole purpose of Electronic Keyboards Review is to gather as much useful information as possible in one place to provide the reader with the broadest view on the product!
Thanks for reading my Novation 61 SL MKII review, I hope this article has been of use to you!
Novation 61 SL MKII Review
Everything you need for professional production in one MIDI console Ladies and gentlemen, the Novation 61 SL MkII: A 61-key midi keyboard controller that w