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Novation SL MkII 61

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Novation SL MkII 61 review: specs and price

Novation SL MkII 61
Novation SL MkII 61

Why is Novation SL MkII 61 better than the average?

  • Drum pads
    8vs4.83
  • Number of buttons
    58vs17.66
  • Total keys
    61vs43.03
  • Number of faders
    8vs3.66
  • Encoders
    8vs0.35
  • Number of knobs
    8vs5.97
  • Volume
    19226.66cm³vs173049.67cm³
  • Thickness
    68mmvs73.85mm

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Design

1.volume

19226.66cm³

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838.08cm³

2.weight

6.1kg

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453g

3.Has a display
Novation SL MkII 61

The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.

4.Has backlit LED buttons
Novation SL MkII 61

Buttons will light up when pressed, resulting in better visibility to users.

5.thickness

68mm

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16mm

6.height

293mm

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97mm

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Controls & Buttons

1.Has octave buttons
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The octave buttons are used to shift the keyboard up or down in one octave increments. This extends the range of the keyboard in either direction, which lets you play notes that lie outside the number of keys available.

2.number of buttons

58

The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.

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Novation SL MkII 61

58

3.number of faders

8

Faders can be either channel volume faders, pitch sliders, crossfaders or even EQs.

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4.encoders

8

A type of knob that has a push button functionality built in. Encoders are for browsing and selecting your digital sound files or turning on a function that makes use of a control's rotation such as sound effects or tempo/tap tempo selection.

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Novation SL MkII 61

8

5.Has a pitch/modulation stick
Novation SL MkII 61

The pitch/modulation stick is used to change pitch or modulate a sound in real time with one single control.

6.number of knobs

8

More knobs (rotating controls) can give the user more dedicated control over the device, eg. volume, effects, EQs etc. Types of knobs may differ: endless type or step type.

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Keys & Pads

1.Has semi-weighted keys
Novation SL MkII 61

Similar to a weighted action keys, but with less resistance and a slightly springier release, semi-weighted keys are popular with many players. If you don’t need realistic piano response, but also don’t care for spring-loaded synth actions, a semi-weighted keyboard might be ideal for you.

2.drum pads

8

The pads section is ideal to trigger loops and samples, using your finger drum skills.

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3.total keys

61

The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.

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88

4.Has velocity sensitive keys
Novation SL MkII 61

Velocity sensitive keys are just spring loaded keys that sound out louder the harder you hit them. If you "lightly" press a key, the sound will be quiet; the harder you press, the louder it gets.

5.Has aftertouch keyboard
Novation SL MkII 61

The keyboard also respond to the amount of force applied after initial impact. On electronic keyboards and synthesizers, this pressure sensitivity is usually called aftertouch.

6.The device has an integrated touchpad
Novation SL MkII 61

With a touchpad, users can control the device by moving their finger on a touch-sensitive surface. This can facilitate a more complex interaction.

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Ports

1.Has a MIDI-Out port
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The MIDI-Out port is used for transmitting data.

2.Has an input/connector for the sustain pedal
Novation SL MkII 61

When pressed, the sustain pedal allows all notes to sound and “vibrate” freely. All notes played will continue to sound until the pedal is released. This is perfect when you need a sturdy and responsive control over sustain.

3.Has an input/connector for the expression pedal
Novation SL MkII 61

Dedicated expression pedals let you have a hands-free control over your keyboard's volume, vibrato, and more.

4.Has a MIDI-In port
Novation SL MkII 61

MIDI-In Port allows data to be received by a MIDI-compliant device. The “in” port enables the MIDI keyboard to be controlled by an external device or sequencer.

5.Has MIDI thru port
Novation SL MkII 61

The "thru" port, emits a copy of everything received at the input port, allowing data to be forwarded to another instrument in a “daisy chain” arrangement. This allows the user to have more than two MIDI devices connected as a studio.

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Features

1.MIDI device works and communicates via USB
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Devices can communicate in both directions with each other without any additional MIDI interface. The biggest advantage is that the USB connection can be used for everything; power supply, MIDI-in and MIDI-out. This means you need less cables.

2.Is compatible with Windows
Novation SL MkII 61

It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.

3.The device is mappable
Novation SL MkII 61

Users can map, set and regulate the entire midi controller giving different functionalities to all different buttons, knobs and faders. The device could be also set up with different softwares.

4.Has automapping technology
Novation SL MkII 61

With automapping technology it is easier to set up your MIDI device and assign all different controls to your software (DAW).

5.Is compatible with Mac OS X
Novation SL MkII 61

It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.

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