Musikmesse Frankfurt: Novation SL MkII (Video) Novation’s next step
Novation have updated their SL range of USB/MIDI controllers, with the release of mark two versions of all four models in the range: the Zero SL, the 25SL, the 49SL and the 61SL. Key new features (excuse the pun) include better visual feedback, and more robust build quality.
The most noticeable difference between old and new SLs, however, is the omission of one of the wide LCDs from the latter. This, say Novation, doesn’t restrict the SL MkII’s visible feedback capabilities for a number of reasons. Firstly, new translucent, backlit buttons enable the user to get more information from the controls themselves (on the SL MkI series, the buttons are made from grey plastic and give no visual feedback). Secondly, LED rings around the topmost rotary encoders provide even more visual information for the user. But most importantly, the SL MkIIs are the first controllers in Novation’s range to ship with version three of Automap, their controller interface software. This features what the developers call a Heads-up GUI, a software representation of the layout of the SL MkII’s controls. Other new features of the mark two SLs include touch-sensitive controllers and updated drum pads.
At the time of writing, prices for the new range were still to be confirmed, but they should be shipping by the beginning of May.