Novation has launched the latest generation of its long-standing SL keyboard controller range, with the MkIII.
Designed to be all about sequencing, Novation has seen fit to cramming in an eight-track polyphonic sequencer, with a similar workflow to that of Circuit.
The MkIII is positively dripping in I/O with USB; MIDI In, Out, Out 2/Thru; three pedal inputs; Analogue Clock Out; and two CV Pitch, Gate, and Mod outputs.
What looks to be quite the feature-rich studio centrepiece, the SL range comes with a synth-style semi-weighted keybed and light-guides. While the velocity-sensitive RGB pads have multiple functions, so you can either launch clips, use as a step sequencer, or create beats with polyphonic aftertouch.
Coming in both 49 and 61-key flavours, with the 49SL MkIII coming in at £539.99 and the 61SL MkIII costing £629.99. More information, check out the Novation website.
Novation SL MkIII highlights
- Eight-track polyphonic pattern-based sequencer
- Full colour LCD screens
- Integration with Ableton Live or any other HUI-compatible DAW
- Customisable mappings for hardware and software
- 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
- Pads, buttons, eight faders and eight knobs take control of all major music software using InControl
- Synth-style semi-weighted keybed with a sprung action and light-guides
- Velocity-sensitive RGB pads with polyphonic aftertouch
- Components allows templates and sessions to be backed up and restored in the cloud