Novation’s New SL-MKIII Keyboard Series Connects The Analog & Digital Music World!

SL-MKIII is a MIDI Keyboard, an 8 track sequencer, a controller for Ableton Live and the control center that brings together the analog and digital world!

There was already a rumour a few days ago about a new Novation controller and yes they are correct! Novation has announced today the new SL-MKIII keyboard series that connects in a modern way your analog and digital music world together. It’s not just a MIDI keyboard controller for your DAW but also a complete centrepiece for your analog gear with CV/Gate.

It features an powerful 8 track pattern based sequencer known from the Novation Circuit that can be used with your software product but also with your hardware instruments. Additional parameter automation with up to 8 parameters at the same time per sequence (8×8) gives you a lot of creative possibilities. Clever is here that Novation develop further the concept of Automap and allows musicians to map parameters of hardware and software products at the same time using different templates.

Tests will say us if this is really the next step to bring hardware and software more together. From the first impression, it’s a beautiful product and with a well thought design. Attention Native Instruments, your KOMPLETE controllers have received some serious competition!

Overview

SL MkIII is the centrepiece that can be used to control your whole studio, working perfectly alongside your DAW. Make working with your hardware easy and creatively rewarding, and construct your next production in the 8 track polyphonic sequencer, with everything staying in sync.

Key features

  • Bring MIDI hardware and CV/Gate synths together
  • Easily integrate hardware with your DAW
  • The perfect controller for Ableton Live music-making software
  • Internal 8 track pattern based sequencer
  • 1 routable clock for the whole system

Absolute Hardware Control

Bring MIDI hardware and CV/Gate synths together by plugging them all into SL MkIII, taking total control directly from the internal eight-track polyphonic pattern-based sequencer.

Easily Integrate Hardware With Your DAW

Do you use a DAW and crave integrating your favourite hardware? Well, you can have the best of both worlds. Make controlling your software easy by recording productions from a studio centrepiece.

The Perfect Controller For Live™

We worked with Ableton® to create an absolutely stunning keyboard controller for their Live™ music-making software. The full colour LCD screens give you full parameter feedback, enabling you to see everything you are controlling.

Internal Eight-Track Pattern-Based Sequencer

Real time record or input notes per step. Play and edit your sequences directly from the keyboard. Record your movements as automation into the sequencer, bringing life to your production

One Routable Clock For The Whole System

Whether you’re in the box or outside the box, the MIDI and analogue clock and transport controls keep everything running in time.

Arpeggiator

Choose an arp type, set a sync rate, tweak the length, and then use the pads to design your rhythms in real time.

Customisable Templates

Highly customisable mappings for hardware and software easily control everything. Create your own templates in the software editor, and save them to the keyboard.

LED Feedback

Work with scales and keys and set up multiple zones and layers on the keyboard. See everything instantly with vibrant on-key RGB LED feedback.

 

 

Comprehensive Connectivity

USB; MIDI In, Out, Out 2/Thru; three pedal inputs; Analogue Clock Out; and two CV Pitch, Gate, and Mod outputs can be used to route anything anywhere.

Control All Major Music Software

Your choice of music software is crucial to your creativity. SL MkIII’s pads, buttons, eight faders and eight knobs take control of all major music software using InControl. SL MkIII also works with any HUI-compatible DAW.

High-Resolution Scan

The SL MkIII has an exceptionally high scan rate of 10kHz, giving the keyboard a huge dynamic range for expressive keyboard performance.

Keys For The Player

The SL MkIII boasts our finest, most playable and expressive synth-style semi-weighted keybed, with a sprung action and our highest scan rate, all tuned to the needs of the experienced player. It’s got aftertouch too, assignable to anything.

Selectable Velocity Curves

The Velocity Curves come to you from a Novation engineer who’s been designing and playing keyboard controllers for two decades. Choose from a comprehensive selection of Velocity Curves to suit your playing style.

Pads

SL MkIII’s velocity-sensitive RGB pads have multiple functions: they can be used for launching clips, as steps in the sequencer, they are perfect for the finger drummer, and have polyphonic aftertouch.

Backlit Pitch & Modulation wheels

Pitch and Modulation wheels have RGB LEDs that change colour to show what track you’re working on. Brightness gives you the value of what you’re changing.

Components

Components allows you to backup and restore your templates and sessions in the cloud, enabling access from anywhere in the world. All content can also be saved locally.

  • Ableton Live Lite
  • 4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
  • Addictive Keys virtual instrument from XLN Audio

First Reviews

The new Novation SL-MkIII keyboard controller series will be available in October for a price of 599,99€, respectively 699,99€.

More information here: Novation

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