Novation 61SL MKIII MIDI and CV Keyboard Controller with Sequencer

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  • Brings MIDI and CV/Gate synths together
  • Easily integrate hardware with your DAW
  • The perfect controller for Ableton Live
  • Internal 8 track pattern based sequencer
  • 1 routable clock for the whole system
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MusicTech 10/10 
Gear Of The Year Gold Award Winner: Best Controller.
“...SL MkIII is a game changer for sequencing your hardware and software away from, or indeed with, your computer.” 

“SL MkIII is genuinely the most exciting piece of tech I’ve reviewed all year. Incredible.”

Future Music 9.3/10
“Flexible range of digital and analogue control... Excellent, easy-to-use sequencer” 

“... stylish and easy to navigate ...Well-designed and versatile. For those who work with both hardware and software, this may be the best studio centrepiece on the market”

“Between the well-designed templates and easy-to-use Components app, Novation has done an excellent job in making setup as hassle free as possible”

Novation SL61 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.

The v1.4 firmware update for our flagship SL MkIII range of controller keyboards brings immense new composition and performance features, which greatly expand its capabilities. The new features give SL MkIII users expanded arpeggiators, new sequencer functions, deeper swing control, and creative transposition features. All the new features are designed intentionally to bring greater creative flexibility and possibilities to the SL MkIII user, and to be a constant source of inspiration throughout the music-making journey. The new features, in detail, are:

  • Per-part arpeggiator: Each of the eight parts now have individual, independent arpeggiators, for building complex polyrhythmic patterns.
  • Arpeggiator probability: The new arpeggiator probability feature brings an element of randomness to each arpeggiator, turning SL MkIII into a generative and constantly evolving instrument.Step probability The probability of a programmed step can be altered, bringing creative irregularity and extending the musical palette of the SL MkIII.
  • Sequencer transpose (with pads): The SL MkIII’s pads can now be used to make sequencer transposition a powerful performance tool.
  • Pattern octave transpose: Allows patterns to be transposed across the octave range, to find the perfect pitch and experiment with ideas.
  • Toggle swing per-part: With swing on or off per part, it’s possible to build contrasting layers of groove for more complex rhythmic results.
  • Pattern shift: Now it's possible to quickly offset the start and end points of a pattern together to explore variations and manage sequences.
  • Pitch bend to CV: The pitch-bend wheel can now be mapped to the CV output, opening up more expression possibilities for modular synth users and other external hardware control applications.

In addition to the new performance features, v1.4 includes some bug fixes —including one for Logic Pro users —which improve the SL MkIII experience.

  • 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

new features in the 1.2 firmware update (January 2020) include:

  • Microstep editing - Sequencer resolution now increased to incorporate 6 microsteps per step
  • Step View pattern scrolling - Up and down pads can now be used to scroll through loaded sequencer patterns without deselecting the pattern currently playing
  • Assignable Aftertouch - Aftertouch is now assignable to any MIDI CC which can be chosen with Components
  • More responsive knobs - Increased responsiveness of SL MkIII's rotary encoders for smoother adjustment of parameters
  • Increased Gate length - Maximum step length doubled to 32 so that you can record and sequence longer MIDI notes within patterns
  • Enhanced NRPN Control - SL MkIII now communicates with all NRPN-enabled devices, expanding its hardware control remit.

Unquantised Recording

  • In v1.2, we introduced micro-step editing, allowing users to position notes off the grid for subtle timing variations. With unquantised recording, users now have the ability to record into these microsteps.
Included Software Ableton Live Lite
4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
Whats In The Box Novation 61SL MkIII
Premium braided USB cable
12V DC power supply (This unit is NOT USB powered)
Printed Getting Started Guide
Safety information sheet
System Requirements 61SL MkIII is class compliant, so will work with any modern Mac, Windows or Linux PC. For further information see the Novation web site
Hardware 61 note velocity sensitive, individually sprung, synth style, semi-weighted keyboard
16 full-colour RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
2 Page and 2 scene launch buttons
8 continuous rotary knobs
8 sliders
6 dedicated transport controls
RGB backlit pitch bend and modulation wheels
2 octave / transpose buttons
2 Track buttons
5x RGB TFT LCD screens
59 Backlit buttons with tact switches
61 RGB LEDs plus 49 or 61 keybed RGB LEDs
16 Assignable buttons x 2 pages (32 assignable buttons)
Assignable grid x 2 pages | (32 assignable pads)
Backlit RGB Mode switching buttons including InControl
Rear Panel Power switch
DC power socket
USB socket
MIDI IN, OUT, OUT2 / THRU - 3x 5-pin DIN sockets
Sustain and Expression pedal 1/4" TRS jack inputs
Footswitch pedal 1/4" TS jack input
CV, Gate, Modulation -1- on 3.5mm jack sockets
CV, Gate, Modulation -2- on 3.5mm jack sockets
Clock out
Kensington security slot
Sequencer 32 Sessions
8 Tracks per session (2 Synth and 4 Drum)
8 Patterns per track (Synth 1, Synth 2, Drum 1&2, Drum 3&4)
Real time record (notes, with velocity and automation)
Auto-quantise notes to steps and automation to 8 events per step
All assignable controls can be automated (8 maximum automation lanes)
Internal tempo range 40 - 240
External synced tempo range 30 - 300
Swing 20 - 80%
Dimensions 981 x 300 x 100mm

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Great but not brilliant
Wednesday, 1 April 2020  | 

I owned a Novation Remote LE controller for many years before I had to replace it and was very happy with it. I replaced it with an Arturia Keylab which is pretty solid. I wanted to get a sequencer keyboard also as I found it was not intuitive using my outboard sound modules and analogue keyboards with my DAW and was interested in the new Arturia Keystep Pro. The release date of the Keystep Pro has been delayed so I researched alternatives. The Novation SL Mk3 jumped out and has 8 lanes of midi/CV sequencing opposed to 4 and a full size keybed so although it was more expensive, with a reduced price from The Disc DJ store, I went for the Novation.
It can be a little tricky to set up and I had to google tutorials to get there. Example it took me ages to find out how to change din 2 (midi output) from default thru to out, and the component software which is needed to build templates and save/transfer information on your computer is not really easy to use in my opinion.
Some have bereaved only 16 steps on the sequencer but you can either chain patterns or reduce the sync rate ( good for sustained chords) to get longer sequences.
The display is crisp and the keys are nice to play and the options to customise nearly every parameter to your liking is excellent.
Id probably give it 4 1/2 stars if you could and the only real drawback for me is the components software which has frustrated me. Maybe in a couple of months Ill be laughing at how easy it becomes and all will be forgiven...

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Novation 61SL MKIII MIDI and CV Keyboard Controller with Sequencer


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