The 49-note Novation 49SL MkIII, 49-Key Midi Controller is an advanced MIDI and CV keyboard controller with an integrated 8-track sequencer, designed to be the centerpiece in any creative software- or hardware-based studio.
The professional-quality keyboard offers a synth-style semi-weighted keybed with a sprung action, which is tuned to the needs of the experienced player. Additionally, the keyboard offers an aftertouch, which is freely assignable to anything. The remarkably high scan rate (10 kHz) gives the keys a super dynamic feel for expressive performances, while the interface provides visual feedback for scales, modes, and zones instantly with vibrant on-key RGB LEDs. The SL MkIII's velocity-sensitive RGB pads offer polyphonic aftertouch and can be used for a variety of purposes including launching clips, inputting steps in the sequencer, or finger drumming performances.
The internal 8-track sequencer allows you to input notes step-by-step, or record as you go. Play and edit your sequences directly from the keyboard, then record parameter automation straight onto the sequencer, bringing your productions to life. You can choose an arpeggio type, set a sync rate, tweak note and pattern lengths, and use the pads to design your rhythms in real-time.
With the latest firmware, the SL MkIII now features micro-step editing and unquantized recording. Micro-step editing allows users to position notes off the grid for subtle timing variations, while unquantized recording affords users to record off the grid. This means that the organic, human quality of performances and punched-in beats can be captured.
The SL MkIII provides deep integration with Ableton Live, allowing you to pull the sessions out of the box and into the hardware. The full-color LCD screens give you full visibility of your parameters, while the pads, buttons, eight faders, and eight knobs get you hands-on with your music. Additionally, the SL MkIII provides deep integrations with Logic and Reason, plus HUI compatibility with Cubase, Pro Tools, Studio One, Reaper, or any major DAW.
The rear panel offers a variety of connections including USB, standard MIDI in/out/out2-thru (5-pin DIN), and 1/4" inputs for footswitch, expression, or sustain. Additionally, the SL MkIII provides connectivity for analog synthesizers and modular setups with two sets of CV, gate, and modulation outputs, plus a dedicated clock output for keeping your hardware and software in perfect sync. The Novation SL MkIII is powered by the included 12 VDC power adapter and ships with a premium braided USB cable and a software bundle license for Ableton Live Lite and Loopmasters sample content.
Novation's latest firmware update (V1.4) addresses stability improvements and bug fixes while delivering the most requested feature, Per-Part Arpeggiator, which allows for each of the eight parts to have individual and independent arpeggiators for building complex poly-rhythmic patterns.
Harness the full power of your software and hardware
The 49SL MkIII puts all your software right at your fingertips. In fact, at Novation, we've found ourselves looking at our computer screen less and less. It's almost like pulling your software out of the box! And it makes integrating hardware synths into your software-based workflow easy, thanks to its comprehensive hardware connectivity, which includes MIDI In, Out, and Out 2/Thru; Analog Clock Out; and two sets of CV Pitch, Gate, and Mod outputs. With the 49SL MkIII, you can easily take full command of your entire rig with customizable mappings for both your hardware and software. The 49SL MkIII is a great all-in-one solution that's destined to become the centerpiece of your studio.
Synth-style semi-weighted keybed
To say that the Novation 49SL MkIII is playable is an understatement. Its synth-style semi-weighted keybed is both expressive and responsive, with a luxurious spring-like action. Its 10kHz scan rate supplies a super-dynamic action that feels just right under your fingers. Beyond that, it has an aftertouch that can be assigned to any parameter you'd like, and you can see scales, modes, and zones instantly, thanks to its on-key RGB LED feedback.
Velocity-sensitive RGB pads
The 49SL MkIII's keybed feels great, but it doesn't stop there. Its velocity-sensitive RGB pads also boast polyphonic aftertouch, providing you with an ultra-expressive way to launch clips, input steps into the sequencer, and tap out drum patterns.
Internal 8-track sequencer
Your productions are about to get a serious creative injection, thanks to the Novation 49SL MkIII's internal 8-track, pattern-based sequencer. Whether you input notes step-by-step or record as you go, you'll be able to play and edit your sequences directly from the 49SL MkIII's keyboard. Bring your productions to life by recording parameter automation straight onto the sequencer. Choose an arp type, set a sync rate, tweak note and pattern lengths, and design your rhythms in real-time — with the 49SL MkIII, you can do it all.
Deep integration with Ableton Live and more
Novation worked directly with the folks at Ableton to imbue the 49SL MkIII with unprecedented integration with Live. But its usefulness doesn't end there — deep integration with Logic and Reason, along with HUI compatibility with Cubase, Pro Tools, Studio One, and REAPER, allows users of any DAW to benefit from powerful hardware control over their projects. Not only do you get at-a-glance visibility of your parameters, but thanks to full-color LCD screens, pads, buttons, faders, and knobs, the 49SL also allows you to get hands-on with your music.
Updated firmware unlocks unquantized recording
Countless musicians have used Novation's auto quantization to clean up their tracks and keep everything sounding tight. However, some players prefer the organic sound of their original performances. Previous MkIII firmware versions introduced micro-step editing that let users nudge notes off of the grid for slight timing variation. With the introduction of V1.3 Firmware, your can now record with no quantization whatsoever! You're now able to capture your beats and performances exactly as you played them - small and major inconsistencies included!
Novation 49SL MkIII, 49-Key Midi Controller Features:
- 49-key keyboard controller
- Expressive synth-style semi-weighted keybed
- 10kHz scan rate supplies a super-dynamic feel
- Aftertouch can be assigned to any parameter you'd like
- On-key RGB LED feedback allows you to see scales, modes, and zones instantly
- Internal 8-track, pattern-based sequencer
- Built-in arpeggiator and selectable velocity curves
- Velocity-sensitive RGB pads with polyphonic aftertouch
- Backlit pitch and modulation wheels
- Customizable mappings for both your hardware and software
- Comprehensive hardware connectivity including MIDI In, Out, and Out 2/Thru; Analog Clock Out; and 2 sets of CV Pitch, Gate, and Mod outputs
- Deep integration with Ableton, Logic and Reason
- HUI compatibility with Cubase, Pro Tools, Studio One, and REAPER
- 3-year warranty
What's In the Box
- Novation SL MkIII MIDI and CV Keyboard Controller with Sequencer (49-Note Keyboard)
- Braided USB Cable
- 12 VDC Power Supply
- Software Codes for Ableton Live Lite and Loopmasters Sample Content
- Limited 3-Year Warranty
Brand Novation Manufacture SKU AMS-SL49-MK3 UPC 815301001065 Keyboard 49 Full-Size Keys, Semi-Weighted Action with Aftertouch, Velocity MIDI Control Surfaces 8 x Endless Rotary Encoder
8 x Fader Encoder
16 x Pad (Velocity-Sensitive)
2 x Wheel (Modulation, Pitch-Bend)
Performance Functions Multi-Zone Programming, Octave Shift, Scene Memory, Sequencer, Tap Tempo, Transport Controls, Transpose
I/O 2 x MIDI 5-Pin MIDI Input/Output
1 x MIDI 5-Pin MIDI Thru
2 x 1/4" TRS Expression Pedal/Sustain Input
1 x 1/4" TS Footswitch Input
6 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm CV/Gate/Mod Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Sync Output
OS Compatibility Windows
*As of April, 2020: check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Power Options AC/DC Power Adapter (Included) AC/DC Power Adapter 12 VDC (Included) Operating Current Consumption 1000 mA (Plug-In Power)
Display Color LCD Anti-Theft Features Kensington Security Slot Dimensions (W x D x H) 32.2 x 11.8 x 3.9" / 817.0 x 300.0 x 100.0 mm