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Novation SL MkII 61

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Novation SL MkII 61 review: specs and price

Novation SL MkII 61
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Novation SL MkII 61

Why is Novation SL MkII 61 better than the average?

  • Number of buttons
    ?

    58vs17.66
  • Total keys
    ?

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

Price comparison

Design

1.Has backlit LED buttons
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Buttons will light up when pressed, resulting in better visibility to users.

Novation SL MkII 61
2.Has a display
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The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.

Novation SL MkII 61
3.height
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Best

Akai Professional LPK 25

97mm

293mm

4.weight
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Best

Akai Professional LPK 25

453g

6.1kg

5.volume
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Best

CME Xkey

838.08cm³

19226.66cm³

6.thickness
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Best

CME Xkey

16mm

68mm

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.

Novation SL MkII 61
2.number of buttons
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The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.

Best

Novation SL MkII 61

58

58

3.Has a transport control section
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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.

Novation SL MkII 61
4.number of knobs
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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.

Best

E-Mu Xboard 49

16

8

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

Best

Nektar Panorama P6

10

8

6.encoders
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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.

Best

Novation SL MkII 61

8

8

Keys & Pads

1.Has velocity sensitive keys
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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.

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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.

Novation SL MkII 61
3.total keys
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The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.

Best

Icon Logicon 8 air

88

61

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

Best

Novation Launchkey 61

16

8

5.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.

Novation SL MkII 61
6.The device has an integrated touchpad
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With a touchpad, users can control the device by moving their finger on a touch-sensitive surface. This can facilitate a more complex interaction.

Novation SL MkII 61

Ports

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

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

Novation SL MkII 61
3.Has an input/connector for the expression pedal
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Dedicated expression pedals let you have a hands-free control over your keyboard's volume, vibrato, and more.

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4.Has a MIDI-In port
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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.

Novation SL MkII 61
5.Has MIDI thru port
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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.

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2.The device is mappable
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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.

Novation SL MkII 61
3.Is compatible with Windows
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It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.

Novation SL MkII 61
4.Has automapping technology
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With automapping technology it is easier to set up your MIDI device and assign all different controls to your software (DAW).

Novation SL MkII 61
5.Is compatible with Mac OS X
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It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.

Novation SL MkII 61

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