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Novation 61 SL MK3 61-Key Controller with Sequencer

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Product Description

The SL61 MK3 easily integrates hardware with your DAW such as Ableton so you can have the best of both worlds. The SL61 MK3 will become your studio centerpiece because you can effortlessly control your software for your recording productions. You have absolute hardware control by plugging your MIDI hardware and CV/Gate synths into SL MkIII. So take control of your music directly from the internal eight-track polyphonic pattern-based sequencer.

Novation 61 SL MK3 61-Key Controller Features

  • 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
  • 61 RGB LEDs plus 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
The perfect controller for Live
We worked with Ableton to create an absolutely stunning keyboard controller for their Live music-making software. The five colour LCD screens give you full parameter feedback, enabling you to see everything you are controlling.

Internal eight-track pattern-based sequencer
Real time record or input notes per step. Play and edit your sequences directly from the keyboard. Record your movements as automation into the sequencer, bringing life to your production.

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.

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

Customizable templates
Highly customizable mappings for hardware and software easily control everything. Create your own templates in the software editor, and save them to the keyboard.

LED feedback
Work with scales and keys and set up multiple zones and layers on the keyboard. See everything instantly with vibrant on-key RGB LED feedback.

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

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. SL MkIII also works with any HUI-compatible DAW.

High-resolution scan
The SL MkIII has an exceptionally high scan rate of 10kHz (10,000 times per second), giving the keyboard a huge dynamic range for expressive keyboard performance.

Keys for the player
The 61SL MkIII boasts our finest, most playable and expressive synth-style semi-weighted, sprung action keybed, and our highest scan rate, all tuned to the needs of the experienced player. It's got aftertouch too, assignable to anything.

Selectable Velocity Curves
The Velocity Curves come to you from a Novation engineer who's been designing and playing keyboard controllers for two decades. Choose from a comprehensive selection of Velocity Curves to suit your playing style.

SL MkIII's velocity-sensitive RGB pads have multiple functions: they can be used for launching clips, as steps in the sequencer, they are perfect for the finger drummer, and have polyphonic aftertouch.

Backlit Pitch and Modulation wheels
Pitch and Modulation wheels have RGB LEDs that change colour to show what track you're working on. Brightness gives you the value of what you're changing.

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.

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Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-431-2609 Warranty:  As of 12/14/2017: 2 Year

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Novation 61 SL MK3 61-Key Controller Specifications
    Rear Panel & Connectors:
    • Power switch
    • DC power socket
    • USB socket
    • 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
    • 32 Sessions
    • 8 Tracks per session (2 Synth and 4 Drum)
    • 8 Patterns per track (Synth 1, Synth 2, Drum 1&2, Drum 3&4)
    • Real time record (notes, with velocity and automation)
    • Auto-quantise notes to steps and automation to 8 events per step
    • All assignable controls can be automated (8 maximum automation lanes)
    • Internal tempo range 40 – 240
    • External synced tempo range 30 – 300
    • Swing 20 - 80%
    Real Time Performance:
    • 22 Scale types and chromatic transposition
    • Pattern expand view - flip the grid
    • Pattern start and end, direction incl. random
    • Configurable pattern chain
    • Session instant switching and queued switch
    • Velocity and gate per step
    • Multiple gate lengths per step (via real time record)
    • Automation edit per step
    • Clear step, automation parameter per pattern, pattern, session
    • Duplicate step, pattern
    Software Compatibility:
    • Ableton Live Lite included
    Power Requirements:
    • Maximum power consumption 9V DC 1000mA
    • Power supply included (This product cannot be powered from USB) 
    • Note: Maximum power consumption is required to be screened onto the product next to the power jack and must be consumption and not the specification for the power supply. Format is to the nearest 100mA. Up to 900 write in mA, above 1000 write 1.1A, 1.2A et
    Included Software:
    • Ableton Live Lite
    • 4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples

Customer Reviews

Review: Chris Submitted: 8/26/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Amazing but needs firmware updates to add functionality
Product Rating

Product Review

Bought this a few months ago. Love it. However, it does need a firmware update or two, to add some essential functionality. Novation has updated their Circuit constantly... which made it even more popular. They need to do the same with this. If it had a built-in metronome and/or click sound, it would help. And a count-in, for the built-in sequencer. In addition, the unit needs more banks of encoders, faders, buttons. Yes, you can use Templates on the same midi channel/route to work around that limitation, but it's better if you had banks of stuff you could page up/down with. Keys feel great. Thing looks better in person, for sure. The photos don't really do it justice. Very, very powerful, when you use the Components software to configure everything... and, a Reaper user created something called DrivenByMoss 4 Reaper, which enhances the "InControl" mode, drastically. Well worth a look, if you're a Reaper or Bitwig user. The Ableton integration is also pretty solid. All in all, a worthy investment!

Review: Aaron Gheer Submitted: 4/6/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


This is the best MIDI Keyboard I have ever had!! I am a Full Sail Student, use it every day!!

Product Review

I love the products versatility, I use it for school, I make beats on it, I play the piano on it every day for fun, it is so cool! By far the best MIDI I've had my hands on!

Review: Jeramiah Coffey Submitted: 3/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.



Great product

Product Review

Best midi keyboard ever.

Review: Thelonious Submitted: 2/25/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.



Loving this for live/studio and more

Product Review

The novation SL MKIII 61 is rocking my world right now, If any one is looking for a controller/sub keyboard, I suggest you go buy this right now. The SL MKIII 61 does so many things at your command such as sequencing,triggering pads,mixing your sounds ect. And the beauty of it is that it’s all in front of you which makes it perfect if you are the sole person recording on a project like me. If I need to have access to a certain function in my recording process the Novation can do it freeing me up from the mouse/keypad. I have yet to use it out live(i do a solo act with Ableton lite for tracks), but from what I know what it can do in my studio, I know it’s going to make my life a lot easier and more fun playing out If you are a musician along these lines or looking for a more versatile keyboard command center I’d put all bets on this bad horsie.


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