Novation SL MKIII Keyboard Controller Series Is Coming Soon! (Control VST's / 8-Track Sequencer...)

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MillerSam
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Post Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:03 am

Novation's upcoming SL MKII keyboard controller series has been leaked in the newest Sweetwater catalogue. It's a MIDI controller for controlling plugins, MIDI and analog gear with CV/Gate and it includes a 8-track sequencer!

More info here:

http://www.synthanatomy.com/2018/10/nov ... -leak.html
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chk071
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Post Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:10 am

That's great. :)

Regarding such leaks though: It's pretty obvious to me that Novation spread this themselves. Sweetwater surely wouldn't show it, if they wanted to preserve good business relationships with the vendors. "Leaks" IMO always imply exclusivity, which isn't real actually. Quite dirty marketing, but, looks like there's a big market for stuff like that these days.

Not sure if i like the colours on the pads, BTW. Reminds me of the Launchkey keyboards, and i really don't know why keyboards have to be lit up like a christmas tree these days. I'd really appreciate a more simple colour set. Like on my former M-Audio Axiom keyboard. It was held nicely in blue colours. Really looked great.

MillerSam
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Post Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:21 am

chk071 wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:10 am
That's great. :)

Regarding such leaks though: It's pretty obvious to me that Novation spread this themselves. Sweetwater surely wouldn't show it, if they wanted to preserve good business relationships with the vendors. "Leaks" IMO always imply exclusivity, which isn't real actually. Quite dirty marketing, but, looks like there's a big market for stuff like that these days.

Not sure if i like the colours on the pads, BTW. Reminds me of the Launchkey keyboards, and i really don't know why keyboards have to be lit up like a christmas tree these days. I'd really appreciate a more simple colour set. Like on my former M-Audio Axiom keyboard. It was held nicely in blue colours. Really looked great.
The thing is shops like Sweetwater or Musicstore.de print their big catalogues of the news for the Q4 2018 and so they must put them inside even there are not yet released. The Moog One is also inside and not yet official announced. So could be marketing thing but not sure ;)
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Post Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:26 am

I was wondering when they'd update their flagship. I have the 61MkII, and I was lucky enough to be able to clean the keypad (actually, my wife) rather than scrap it for one non-sounding note.
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chk071
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Re: Novation SL MKIII Keyboard Controller Series Is Coming Soon! (Control VST's / 8-Track Sequencer...)

Post Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:29 am

MillerSam wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:21 am
chk071 wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:10 am
That's great. :)

Regarding such leaks though: It's pretty obvious to me that Novation spread this themselves. Sweetwater surely wouldn't show it, if they wanted to preserve good business relationships with the vendors. "Leaks" IMO always imply exclusivity, which isn't real actually. Quite dirty marketing, but, looks like there's a big market for stuff like that these days.

Not sure if i like the colours on the pads, BTW. Reminds me of the Launchkey keyboards, and i really don't know why keyboards have to be lit up like a christmas tree these days. I'd really appreciate a more simple colour set. Like on my former M-Audio Axiom keyboard. It was held nicely in blue colours. Really looked great.
The thing is shops like Sweetwater or Musicstore.de print their big catalogues of the news for the Q4 2018 and so they must put them inside even there are not yet released. The Moog One is also inside and not yet official announced. So could be marketing thing but not sure ;)
Good point. :)

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chaosWyrM
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Post Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:41 pm

so they removed 8 useful encoders and added 8 useless pads?...and made it look like a toy?...AND replaced the awesome joystick with boring ass wheels??? AAAND got rid of the xy touchpad????? good god what a mess. ok...the touchpad is pretty crappy....but still... it has it. and where is the screen? how do i know what parameter im changing? does it not support automap anymore? ffs.

no thanks. my mkii is just fine. but hey....maybe when these come out all the mkiis will go down in price and i can upgrade to a 49.
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Post Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:56 pm

I can't tell from the picture but if they have 16 controls now instead of 24 then I don't care. I'm so sick of these controllers that have 6 or 16 controls. The SL is soooo useful because it has 24 controls (plus buttons) so less page switching when controlling plugins. Also good for daw control not having to switch so much. Maybe eventually all controllers will have just 8 knobs, where you have the privilege of using knobs for control of buttons even (thanks NI).
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torhan
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Post Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:39 am

I still use my SL MKi -- did have to replace the joystick recently. I've held off purchasing NI Kontrol S61, Keylab mkii, etc. as I heard rumors of this a few weeks ago. Looking forward to more details...just hope there's still room on it for my Launchkey Mini.

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Post Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:58 am

All I wanted was an SL mk2 with a simple screen on both sides. Like the mk1. They could surely do that now. Look at the maschine screens.
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torhan
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Post Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:34 am

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Those look to be 5 small screens. They look to be "off" in the other pic.

AnX
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Post Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:02 am

chaosWyrM wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:41 pm
so they removed 8 useful encoders and added 8 useless pads?...and made it look like a toy?...AND replaced the awesome joystick with boring ass wheels??? AAAND got rid of the xy touchpad????? good god what a mess. ok...the touchpad is pretty crappy....but still... it has it. and where is the screen? how do i know what parameter im changing? does it not support automap anymore? ffs.

no thanks. my mkii is just fine. but hey....maybe when these come out all the mkiis will go down in price and i can upgrade to a 49.
kinda agree, I'll stick with the Mk2

pc999
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1319 posts since 19 Aug, 2009

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Post Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:04 pm

No knobs???

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chaosWyrM
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Post Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:43 pm

torhan wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:34 am
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Those look to be 5 small screens. They look to be "off" in the other pic.
you could be right... but then... why? that's some really odd screenage there if that's the case.

surely one large screen would be more useful and less expensive...no?
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chaosWyrM
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Post Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:44 pm

pc999 wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:04 pm
No knobs???

on top... but only 8.
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Post Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:21 pm

Looks like there are two knobs per screen and then I guess an extra one for the right side. But no screen dedicated to the sliders. I can’t believe they haven’t gone back to having a screen over each side like the mk1. What is wrong with this company.
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