Novation SL MkII 61

Novation SL MkII 61

Novation SL MkII 61 review: specs and price

Novation SL MkII 61

Why is Novation SL MkII 61 better than the average?

  • Number of buttons

  • Total keys

  • Number of faders

  • Drum pads

  • Number of knobs

  • Encoders

  • Thickness


Price comparison


1.Has backlit LED buttons
Novation SL MkII 61
Buttons will light up when pressed, resulting in better visibility to users.
2.Has a display
Novation SL MkII 61
The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.
The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.


The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.


Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.
We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.

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.
The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.
The transport controls are used to control playback, set the position of the playhead, start recording, activate the cycle region, or to move to the project start or end.
Faders can be either channel volume faders, pitch sliders, crossfaders or even EQs.
The pitch/modulation stick is used to change pitch or modulate a sound in real time with one single control.
More knobs (rotating controls) can give the user more dedicated control over the device – e.g., volume, effects, EQs, etc. Types of knobs may differ between endless type or step type.

Keys & Pads

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.
2.Has semi-weighted keys
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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.
The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.
The pads section is ideal to trigger loops and samples, using your finger drum skills.
5.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.
6.Has an aftertouch keyboard
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Aftertouch keyboards are sensitive to the pressure applied to keys after the initial impact, and while the keys are being held down or sustained.


1.Has a MIDI-Out port
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The MIDI-Out port is used for transmitting data.
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 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.
Dedicated expression pedals let you have a hands-free control over your keyboard's volume, vibrato, and more.
5.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.


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.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.
3.Is compatible with Windows
Novation SL MkII 61
It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.
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).
It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.

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