Novation 25 SL MkII 25 note USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
The Novation 25 SL MkII combines a high quality semi-weighted keyboard with a full DAW and plug-in control surface, that visually feeds back all control information to the user. A giant 144-character display, back lit LED buttons and LED ringed encoders show the status of all controls, and ultra-quick mapping of all 56 knobs, faders and buttons is managed by the groundbreaking Automap 4 software.
- High quality professional keyboard
- Illuminated controls provide instant visual feedback
- Giant 144-character LCD screen
- Huge array of touch-sensitive controls
- Automap 4 Control Software
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NOVATION 25 SL MKII CONTROLLER KEYBOARD – EXCEPTIONAL CONTROL
The Novation 25 SL MkII has been designed to equip the modern DAW user with every dimension of hardware control, enabling a hands-on approach to navigating software, mixing and controlling plug-ins. It represents extraordinary value as a controller, integrating a DAW control surface with a quality semi-weighted keyboard (with after-touch) and the most intuitive plug-in mapping capabilities available – presided over by Automap 4 – unquestionably the most advanced control software on the market.
The Novation 25 SL MkII upholds Novation's reputation for building quality hardware (like the SL MkI, they will also appeal to performers who need a well-constructed keyboard on stage). Quality is not just reflected in their robustness, but more importantly in the way the Novation 25 SL MkII has been designed with every detail calculated to maximise workflow. For example, the Novation 25 SL MkII visually feeds back all controller information to the user with back lit buttons and encoder LED rings, so you always know what you're controlling and how it's set.
NOVATION 25 SL MKII CONTROLLER KEYBOARD – INTUITIVE CONTROLLER MAPPING
The difficulty with other control surfaces is knowing what is assigned to what. The Novation 25 SL MkII 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 on the Novation 25 SL MkII 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. The Novation 25 SL MkII also has a dedicated 'Speed Dial' knob, which can be used to change the value of any parameter the cursor is positioned over without making any assignments whatsoever.
The 8 continuous rotary encoders on the Novation 25 SL MkII have 11 segment LED rings around each of them, allowing encoders to behave like pots so the user can see the value before moving them. All the buttons have LEDs underneath them so users can instantly see their status without having to press them. There are also 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
NOVATION 25 SL MKII CONTROLLER KEYBOARD – CONNECTIONS
The Novation 25 SL MkII has been designed to draw minimum current so it can be used as a USB buss-powered device, or an optional 9V DC power supply can be added for stand-alone use. As well as USB interfacing, the Novation 25 SL MkII has 1 MIDI in, 1 MIDI thru and 2 MIDI outs.
NOVATION 25 SL MKII CONTROLLER KEYBOARD – AUTOMAP
The power behind the Novation 25 SL MkII's unique ability to map controllers at the touch of a button, is contained within the included Automap software. Automap 4 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 Novation 25 SL MkII has been touched!
NOVATION 25 SL MKII CONTROLLER KEYBOARD – FEATURES SUMMARY
• High quality professional keyboard
The Novation 25 SL MkII features a 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 on the Novation 25 SL MkII, and backlit buttons 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 on the Novation 25 SL MkII.
• Huge array of touch-sensitive controls
The Novation 25 SL MkII is a full control surface supporting ultra flexible DAW control and Auto-mappable plug-in controls, with 16 knobs, 8 faders and 32 assignable backlit LED buttons.
• Automap 4 Control Software
The Novation 25 SL MkII comes with Automap software which enables you to instantly map software parameters to faders, buttons, encoders and pots and other controllers.
• MIDI control interface
The Novation 25 SL MkII comes with a built in MIDI I/O Interface, and comprehensive MIDI implementation provides complete control over all external hardware synths and other external MIDI devices.
• Novation's unique 'speed dial'
A touch-sensitive rotary encoder that instantly takes control of whatever your mouse is focused on, providing real time access for composers and performers alike.
• Programmable 'soft-feel' drumpads
Eradicates the need for a separate set of drumpad triggers, providing the ideal platform for sketching out beats or triggering samples.
• Unique 2-Axis Controls
The Novation 25 SL MkII features a fantastic 'Xpression' pad and adjustably sprung pitch/mod joystick, both freely assignable in MIDI Controlling mode.
• Dedicated, yet fully-assignable transport buttons.
Control the sequencer's start/stop/loop/record/forward/rewind actions, direct from the Novation 25 SL MkII MIDI controller, reducing reliance on mouse and screen, or switch them out to allow use of more assignable buttons. The Novation 25 SL MkII even recalls how these buttons were previously assigned.
• USB buss powering
Provides the artist with a mobile MIDI control solution, freeing them from the confines of the studio.
• Includes the Xcite+ bundle
Featuring a host of royalty-free loops and samples, a full-fledged soft-synth and Ableton Live Lite, providing an affordable upgrade path to Ableton Live.
NOVATION 25 SL MKII CONTROLLER KEYBOARD – AUTOMAP 3 FEATURES SUMMARY
Automap 4 software comes bundled free with the Novation 25 SL MkII, and boasts the following features:
• Intelligent control over all sequencers and VST/AU/RTAS/TDM plug-ins
Automap 4 removes the pain and time involved in assigning MIDI parameters, and all layouts are fully customisable.
• Heads-up transparent control GUI
Places a transparent control map across your computer screen – see at a glance how the parameters are automatically assigned to each of the Novation 25 SL MkII's controls.
• Instant 'learn' function
Simply click on the software parameter and touch a touch-sensitive control on the Novation 25 SL MkII to assign it. Now you can re-assign every control in seconds.
• Keystroke Assignments
Automap 3 can assign almost any computer keyboard shortcut to hardware controls. For example, arrow key functions can now be assigned to hardware controls, allowing you to flick between tracks using buttons on your Novation 25 SL MkII. You could also zoom in and out, open windows or create and jump to markers in your DAW.
• Innovative MIDI support within Automap
Name your parameters and store mappings for later use. The same heads-up display provides quick and simple assigning of regular MIDI parameters. This ensures that the Novation 25 SL MkII can also turn its hand to controlling the few software applications that still rely solely on the MIDI protocol.
• Plug-in and Mixer Browser
Lets you review all open plug-ins, then quickly switch to control and one of them. Mixer 'MIDI maps' can be created, saved and recalled via the same map browsing facility.
• Autoview Mode
Optional Autoview mode means that the GUI only becomes visible when a controller is touched on the Novation 25 SL MkII, then it disappears again allowing you to get back to your DAW.
NOVATION 25 SL MKII CONTROLLER KEYBOARD – MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
OS: OSX 10.4.0 or greater (Leopard also supported)
Spec: G4/1GHz, both with 256MB RAM
OS: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or greater (Vista 32/64 also supported)
Spec: Pentium 3/1GHz/256MB RAM (machines running Vista will require a higher spec)