Novation's new SL MkIII MIDI keyboard does inner sequencing and CV

Novation’s newest MIDI keyboard is an all-in-one studio hub.

Novation has unveiled its newest MIDI keyboard, the SL MkIII.

The SLMkIII, which is the newest mannequin in Novation’s long-running SL line (the primary was launched in 2006), makes an attempt to mix the out–the-box DAW integration anticipated from a MIDI keyboard with choices for controlling synthesizers.

While the SL MkIII options coloration screens much like the sort you’d discover on Native Instruments’ Komplete Kontrol MKII keyboards, it additionally options 16 pads (a bit like these discovered on its Circuit ) that management an eight-track sequencer for taking part in patterns on , with out the necessity for a DAW.

Novation’s new keyboard has two units CV pitch, gate and mod outputs in addition to MIDI connections, so it’s attainable to hook it as much as outdated analog gear and Eurorack modular methods in addition to trendy synthesizers. Arturia’s new KeyLab MKII controllers have CV connectivity too, however no built-in step sequencer.

Another characteristic that Novation borrows from different current MIDI controllers are keyboard LEDs that show scales, modes and zones like NI’s Light Guide. The MkIII has just a few belongings you gained’t discover on NI’s keyboards although, like faders for mixing and pitch and mod wheel LEDs that change coloration relying on context.

Novation says it labored carefully with Ableton to make sure a seamless expertise for Live customers, although the corporate guarantees “deep integration” with Logic and Reason in addition to HUI compatibility with Cubase, Pro Tools, Studio One and Reaper. Another cool characteristic is compatibility with Novation’s Components content material supervisor, which can again up templates and periods to the cloud.

The MkIII is out there now. It prices £539.99 for the 49-key mannequin or £629.99 for the 61-key mannequin.

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