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SL MkIII 49 Note Keyboard Controller with Sequencer

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SL MkIII 49 Note Keyboard Controller with Sequencer

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SL MkIII 49 Note Keyboard Controller with Sequencer
SL MkIII 49 Note Keyboard Controller with Sequencer

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SL MkIII is an all-sequencing, all-dancing hub for all of your music making tools. A centrepiece to connect, control and create with your entire setup. Computer or not.

Key features

Internal eight-track pattern-based sequencer
Use the sequencer to easily record notes as you play them, or input step-by-step. Play and edit your sequences directly from the keyboard. Record your movements as automation into the sequencer, bringing life to your production.

Comprehensive connectivity
USB; MIDI In, Out, Out 2/Thru; sustain, expression and footswitch inputs; Analogue Clock Out; and two sets of CV Pitch, Gate, and Mod outputs can be used to route anything anywhere.

Choose an arp type, set a sync rate, tweak the length, and then use the pads to design your rhythms in real time.

Scales, modes and zones
Work with scales and keys and set up multiple zones and layers on the keyboard.

Keys for the player
The SL MkIII boasts a playable and expressive synth-style semi-weighted keybed, with a sprung action and Novation's highest scan rate, all tuned to the needs of the experienced player. It's got aftertouch too, assignable to anything.

Customisable templates
Highly customisable mappings for hardware and software easily control everything. Or create your own templates in the software editor, and save them to the keyboard.

The perfect controller for Live™
An absolutely stunning keyboard controller for the Ableton Live™ music-making software. The five colour LCD screens give you full parameter feedback, enabling you to see everything you are controlling.

Control all major music software
Your choice of music software is crucial to your creativity. SL MkIII's pads, buttons, eight faders and eight knobs take control of all major music software using InControl or any HUI-compatible DAW.

Components allows you to backup and restore your templates and sessions in the cloud, enabling access from anywhere in the world. All content can also be saved locally.

Backlit Pitch and Modulation wheels
Pitch and Modulation wheels have RGB LEDs that change colour to show what track you're working on.

One routable clock for the whole system
Whether you're in the box or outside the box, the MIDI and analogue clock and transport controls keep everything running in time.

Selectable Velocity Curves
Choose from a comprehensive selection of Velocity Curves to suit your playing style.


• 49 or 61 note velocity sensitive, individually sprung, synth style, semi-weighted keyboard
• 16 full-colour RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
• 2 Page and 2 scene launch buttons
• 8 continuous rotary knobs
• 8 sliders
• 6 dedicated transport controls
• RGB backlit pitch bend and modulation wheels
• 2 octave / transpose buttons
• 2 Track buttons
• 5x RGB TFT LCD screens
• 59 Backlit buttons with tact switches
• 49 or 61 keybed RGB LEDs
• 16 Assignable buttons x 2 pages (32 assignable buttons)
• Assignable grid x 2 pages | (32 assignable pads)
• Backlit RGB Mode switching buttons including InControl

Rear Panel & Connectors
• Power switch
• DC power socket
• USB B 2.0
• MIDI IN, OUT, OUT2 / THRU - 3x 5-pin DIN sockets
• Sustain and Expression pedal 1/4" TRS jack inputs
• Footswitch pedal 1/4" TS jack input
• CV, Gate, Modulation -1- on 3.5mm jack sockets
• CV, Gate, Modulation -2- on 3.5mm jack sockets
• Clock out
• Kensington security slot

• 64 Sessions
• 8 Tracks per session
• 8 Patterns per track (16 steps per Pattern for a total of 128 steps per track)
• Real time record (notes, with velocity and automation)
• Auto-quantise notes to steps and automation to 6 events per step
• All assignable controls can be automated (8 maximum automation lanes)
• Internal tempo range 40 - 240
• Swing 20 - 80%

Real Time Performance
• 16 Scale types and chromatic transposition
• Split the keys into 8 playable zones
• Pattern expand view - flip the grid
• Pattern start and end, direction incl. random
• Configurable pattern chain
• Session instant switching and queued switch

• Ableton Live Lite included
• 4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples

Power Requirements
• Maximum power consumption 12v 1000mA
• Power supply included (This product cannot be powered from USB)

Product Dimensions
• 49SL MkIII: 817mm length x 300mm depth x 100mm height


Novation // SL MkIII - PerformanceWatch Video
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Excellent MIDI Keyboard 8 of 8 customers found this review helpful
Product Experience   I own it
Closest Store   Richmond, British Columbia
I've had this keyboard controller for a few years now, purchasing mine in 2019. It's not the cheapest MIDI controller around but overall, I'm quite happy with it and would not consider selling it at this point, despite having a few hardware synths I could use as MIDI controllers. It does its job quite well and adds a lot to my workflow. I was mostly looking for something to interface with my VST instruments and effects, since I find working with a keyboard and mouse to be a bit too surgical sometimes. This controller has really good Ableton integration, so I was quickly able to set it up with my favorite VSTs like U-he's Diva, and make it feel more like playing a real synth. The included arpeggiator, sequencer, scale modes, zones, and CV integration make it quite a full featured controller. These really help me get a lot out of any synth I'm playing, whether it be hardware or software. The polyphonic sequencer, although not perfect, has helped me sketch out many song ideas and variations, and it pretty easy to get a handle on. The scale modes are varied and thoughtful, and the light key guides are great for memorizing new scales and modes if you have the desire to do so. Overall I would recommend this controller to other people. If you're in the market for a MIDI keyboard, I would recommend comparing this against Native Instruments' keyboard controllers and seeing which one you prefer, since they offer similar features and quality, plus excellent integration with NI's software suite. In contrast, this controller is an excellent choice for people who prefer to do most of their work within Ableton.
Posted by Mitch on May 29, 2021
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