Novation announce SL Mk II at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2009
||At Musikmesse 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany, Novation launched the SL Mk II MIDI control. Building on the original ReMOTE SL's reputation on high quality hardware and control software, the SL Mk II has some additions designed to set it apart from other controllers in order to make mapping and controlling software quick and effortless.
A semi-weighted Fatar 'fast touch' keyboard is combined with a full DAW and plug-in control surface that visually feeds back control information to the user. All knobs and faders are touch sensitive. By simply touching a control, all mapping information automatically appears on the large 144 character LCD display. Back lit LED buttons and LED ringed encoders instantly show the status of controls. SL Mk II includes full transport control, an XY 'Xpression Pad', eight drum pads, sprung pitch/mod joystick and a Speed Dial encoder which enables the user to grab any parameter the cursor is positioned over. In addition to 25, 49 and 61 key versions, a keyboardless 'Zero' is available with longer-throw faders and a central crossfader.
Quick mapping of all 56 knobs, faders and buttons is managed by Novation's Automap 3 PRO software which provides instant and intelligent control of all music software. As well as extensive DAW control, parameters on VST/AU/RTAS/TDM plug-ins can be assigned by simply touching the controller and clicking the parameter. Automap 3 PRO's 'Keystroke Assignment' enables almost any QWERTY or ASCII keyboard shortcut (and combination shortcuts) to be instantly assigned to the SL Mk II controls. Automap 3.0 also introduces 'Autoview' where the 'heads up GUI' (showing the current status of all controls) can be programmed to automatically appear whenever a controller is touched, then disappear upon release.
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