The SL MKII 25 is simply a legend in the midi controller game. For a start it has 56 knobs, faders and buttons that work exclusively with your DAW to get truly deep control. Working with Automap (Novations flagship software to control 3rd party plugins) you instantly have access to all the important aspects when it comes to mixing or creating your music. With a gorgeous full size, semi-weighted keybed by Fatar and LEDs that light up so you always know where you are, you start to realize why the SL MKII 25 is considered the Daddy of advanced professional USB MIDI controllers.High quality keys
When you first look at the SL MKII you might be taken aback by all those knobs and buttons but the real star of the show is the actual keyboard. 25 Velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action keys all with assignable after-touch. It's a Fatar keybed designed in Italy and plays like an instrument not a computer accessory.Visual Feedback
Whether you are in the studio or up on the stage you need to see what you are doing thankfully Novation have you covered. With backlit buttons and bright LED rings around the eight smooth encoders you will never get lost in your own performance again…unless you want to of course. You can now see how much you have left on a filter sweep or if you need to add more wet from that compressor plugin.See it all on the big screen
Out in plain sight is the long 144-character LCD screen which shows you everything that you are controlling, including the name and value of entire rows of knobs, faders or buttons. Working on synth plugins means you can actually bend an ADSR envelope and see in real time what value changes you are making. The options are endless but you will never be confused as to what you are doing to your music.Touch Sensitive Controls
Here at SCAN we like to think of ourselves as Audio geeks who know their stuff but unfortunately we are only human and sadly have many times under our breaths asked the dreaded question….."what does that knob do?". Novation have this sorted just touch any of the illuminated controls and BAM the SL MKII will show you what its controlling. Working with Software
Automap is a piece of software that comes with all Novation controllers. Automap enables knobs, faders and buttons to instantly control plug-in instruments/FX, as well as your sequencer's mixer, transport controls and more…Open a plug-in instrument/FX, and you have instant access to all the plug-in parameters. This allows you to assign knobs, faders and buttons, by simply clicking on the software parameter, and touching the control! Automap works with Ableton Live, FL Studio, Cubase, Reason, Pro-Tools, Logic, Sonar.Bus Power
All this power and you don't even need any power cables just plugin your USB cable and you are good to go.Connections
Easily connect expression and sustain pedals, and any external MIDI instruments. SCAN was super excited to see 2 midi out ports on the SL MKIIIncluded SoftwareAbleton Live Lite
The Software of choice for many of todays top producers. From using the game changing session view to build up an arrangement or bang out a live set to using the more traditional one page arrangement view. Ableton Live lite covers the spectrum in modern Digital music creation. Use the infamous Ableton Drum, Instrument, and Effect Racks to take your productions to a new level. Make sure to check out the incredible native studio effects including EQ, compression, reverb, delay, chorus, filter and more or simply use any of your own 3rd party VST and AU instruments and effects. Ableton Live lite is the perfect kick-start or taster for those who want to see what all the Ableton live fuss is about."An evolution rather than a revolution, this refresh to the core SL line reaffirms Novation's status as the controller kings."
Computer Music"The SL MkII is a great keyboard and controller, but what makes it stand out from the crowd is the innovative Automap software, greatly simplifying the process of controlling any plug-ins and you DAW."
Music Tech"This keyboard has got you covered on all fronts and truly involves the composer in an all encompassing musical experience. Well done Novation!"
My Best Midi Keyboard "...affordable and near-universal control that is both fast and simple to use."
Sound on Sound Features
• High quality professional keyboard.
• Illuminated controls provide instant visual feedback.
• Giant 144-character LCD screen.
• Automap 3 PRO Control Software.
• MIDI control interface.More information can be found in the PDF below: