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Novation 25 SL MkII Keyboard Controller

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The Novation 25 SL Mk II Keyboard Controller equips the modern DAW user with every dimension of hardware control. The Novation controller enables a h...Click To Read More About This Product

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Combines a high quality semi-weighted keyboard with a full DAW and plug-in control surface.

The Novation 25 SL Mk II Keyboard Controller equips the modern DAW user with every dimension of hardware control. The Novation controller enables a hands-on approach to navigating music software, audio mixing and controlling plug-ins. The 25SL MKII is an extraordinary MIDI controller value, integrating a DAW control surface with a quality semi-weighted keyboard-with after-touch-and the most intuitive plug-in mapping capabilities available. All of these goodies are presided over by Automap 3 PRO-perhaps the most advanced control software on the market.

25 SL Mk II upholds Novation's reputation for building quality hardware and it will appeal to performers who need a well-constructed keyboard on stage. Quality is not just reflected in the controller's robustness, but more importantly in the way the 25 SL Mk II has been designed with every detail calculated to maximize workflow. The 25 SL Mk II' visually feeds back all controller information with back-lit buttons and encoder LED rings.

The difficulty with other control surfaces is knowing what is assigned to what. Novation 25 SL Mk II has a giant 144-character ultra-bright LCD screen that displays all the parameter names and values for the currently selected row of controllers. All 8 faders and 16 knobs are touch sensitive, so the moment one is touched, the display shows the names and values on that row and puts brackets around the controller that is currently being touched. This enables the user to see which parameter is assigned to the controller without having to change the value, or refer to their software. 25 SL Mk II also has a dedicated Speed Dial knob, which changes the value of any parameter the cursor is positioned over without making any assignments whatsoever.

The 8 continuous rotary encoders have 11 segment LED rings around each allowing encoders to behave like pots so you see the value before moving them. All the buttons have LED lights underneath them so users can instantly see their status without having to press them. There are 8 soft-feel drum pads, a pitch/modulation wheel and an X/Y Xpression touchpad which, (along with footswitch and sustain pedal inputs), are all fully assignable to any parameter with the Automap software

The 25 SL Mk II has been designed to draw minimum current so it can be used as a USB buss-powered device, and an optional 9V DC power supply can be added for stand-alone use. As well as USB interfacing, the 25 SL Mk II has 1 MIDI in, 1 MIDI thru and 2 MIDI outs.

The power behind the 25 SL Mk II's unique ability to map controllers at the touch of a button is contained within the included Automap software. Automap 3 PRO enables users to map controllers with incredible speed and ease-no more digging through MIDI continuous controller numbers, the Automap server takes care of it all. Automap's GUI gives the user a visual representation of all the current mappings on screen, as well as the ability to save and manage mappings across different projects. There is also an option to only bring up the GUI when a controller on the 25 SL Mk II has been touched!

High quality professional keyboard
Velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action keyboard from Fatar, with assignable after-touch. Novation deliver the feeling of playing an instrument, rather than just a computer peripheral.

Illuminated controls provide instant visual feedback
Brightly lit LED rings around the eight smooth encoders, and backlit buttons throughout provide instant visual feedback for every physical control, further reducing reliance on the computer screen.

Giant 144-character LCD screen
Frees the artist from being chained to the computer screen, placing all the essential data right alongside the relevant controls.

Huge array of touch-sensitive controls
Full control surface supporting ultra flexible DAW control and Auto-mappable plug-in controls, 16 knobs, 8 faders and 32 assignable backlit LED buttons.

Automap 3 PRO Control Software
25 SL Mk II comes with Automap software which enables you to instantly map software parameters to faders, buttons, encoders and pots and other controllers.

  • High quality professional keyboard
  • Illuminated controls provide instant visual feedback
  • Giant 144-character LCD screen
  • Huge array of touch-sensitive controls
  • Automap 3 PRO Control Software
  • MIDI control interface.
  • Novation's unique 'speed dial'
  • Programmable 'soft-feel' drumpads
  • Unique 2-Axis Controls
  • Dedicated, yet fully-assignable transport buttons.
  • USB buss powering
  • Mk II ships with the latest Automap 3 PRO software
  • All dials and faders are now touch-sensitive
  • All 25 SL Mk II's buttons are illuminated
  • Mk II features a single LED screen (as it now features the Automap Heads-up GUI)
  • 25 SL Mk II's top row of dials have 11-LED rings for instant feedback
  • Top row of encoders are now smooth, rather than detented
  • 25 SL Mk II's transport control buttons can also be used as fully assignable buttons
  • 25 SL Mk II features new 'soft-feel' drum pads
  • Xcite+ bundle ships free with 25 SL Mk II and consists of the following:
    • Ableton Live 7 Lite software (DAW)
    • 502MB of Mike the drummer drum loops - Quality live drum loops
    • Novation Bass-station synth
    • Loopmasters Samples library consisting of1GB of royalty free samples
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    • Data Port: 1 x USB (Win XP/Vista and Mac OSX” Not Class Compliant
    • Sustain Pedal: 1 x 1/4" Jack Input
    • Expression pedal: 1 x 1/4" Jack Input
    • Power switch: Ext DC/USB
    Minimum Operational Requirements (taken from Nocturn)
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    • Mac OSX 10.4.0 or greater (Leopard also supported) or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or greater (Vista 32/64 also supported)
    • Minimum Computer spec: Mac - G4/1GHz, both with 256MB RAM or PC”Pentium 3/1GHz/256MB RAM (machines running Vista will require a higher spec)
    • Dimensions (W x H x D): 18.42" x 2.68 " x 11.54 ", (468 x 68 x 293 mm)
    • Weight: 7.27 Lb., (3.3kg)
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    Great Midi Controller

    By nraffel

    from Long Island

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    Comments about Novation 25 SL MkII Keyboard Controller:

    I bought this controller a couple of months ago. I needed a controller to use with Ableton Live. I am extremely happy with my purchase of the SL MKII. The quality is unmatched. I've used other controllers similar to this one and they do not even compare. Using Automap, all of the sliders and knobs automatically link to the parameters of VST"s and other virtual instruments, which is a huge help. I would highly recommend this controller to anyone looking for a controller for Live or any other midi program.

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    By pissed off-GldBv

    from Brevard, North Carolina

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    Comments about Novation 25 SL MkII Keyboard Controller:

    This the best midi controller money can buy, All the features work perfect. I have 2 novation Keyboards and 1 Remote Zero, The remote Zero and 1 of my boards i purchased on Ebay, both had a Pots slider or Data pots was Destroyed by previous owner, i contacted the novations support and both times, they sent me replacement parts for free, i had to pay for nothing, no shipping, no tax. All i had to do is spend a picture of the part and my mailing address, and they sent me the parts. Now that is really good customer support. the parent company of novation is Focusrite, i will stand behind all their products and they stand behind their products. The midi keyboard are really the best, i really love the Automap, the speed dial, the easy of mapping Vst or protood plugins, if you read the manual, you really can control everything and i mean everything, it will control more then DAW. I use it for all windows functions, you can program windows shortcuts into this thing, and they work in any program.

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    By fleet fingered friend

    from Dallas

    Comments about Novation 25 SL MkII Keyboard Controller:

    for the cost just not quality. Automap is a complete joke - I can't believe anyone thinks that this is an acceptable product. Mine didn't survive 2 weeks without knobs falling off. The pads are useless - just get something else at least the m-audio is cheaper and equivalent quality.


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        Comments about Novation 25 SL MkII Keyboard Controller:

        I've had my 37 key Remote for about 8 years now. I use it to control soft synths and hardware synth modules. AutoMap can be a bit cumbersome, but useful on the whole.

        My only complaints are that the drum pads aren't terribly useful and that the joystick sometimes doesn't return to 0 properly. The keys, faders, pots, and encoders all work great.

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