A Must-have Music Production Tool
With the Novation 61SL MkIII, you’ll take control of your projects like never before. Experience first-class action, thanks to an expressive synth-style semi-weighted keybed. Command your synths and modules with ease, courtesy of MIDI In, Out, and Out 2/Thru; Analog Clock Out; and two sets of CV Pitch, Gate, and Mod outputs. Harness the full power of any InControl- or HUI-compatible DAW using the 61SL MkIII’s pads, buttons, faders, and knobs. Beyond that, you’ll find that building mind-blowing arrangements is easier than ever, thanks to an internal 8-track sequencer, a built-in arpeggiator, and scales, modes, and zones. You also get backlit pitch and modulation wheels, along with full-color LCD screens for at-a-glance visibility of your parameters. Complete with customizable mappings for effortless setup and recall, the 61SL MkIII is a must-have music production tool.
Harness the full power of your software and hardware
The 61SL MkIII puts all your software right at your fingertips. In fact, at Sweetwater, we’ve found ourselves looking at our computer screen less and less. It’s almost like pulling your software out of the box! And it makes integrating hardware synths into your software-based workflow easy, thanks to its comprehensive hardware connectivity, which includes MIDI In, Out, and Out 2/Thru; Analog Clock Out; and two sets of CV Pitch, Gate, and Mod outputs. With the 61SL MkIII, you can easily take full command of your entire rig with customizable mappings for both your hardware and software. The 61SL MkIII is a great all-in-one solution that’s destined to become the centerpiece of your studio.
Synth-style semi-weighted keybed
To say that the Novation 61SL MkIII is playable is an understatement. Its synth-style semi-weighted keybed is both expressive and responsive, with a luxurious spring-like action. Its 10kHz scan rate supplies a super-dynamic action that feels just right under your fingers. Beyond that, it has aftertouch that can be assigned to any parameter you’d like, and you can see scales, modes, and zones instantly, thanks to its on-key RGB LED feedback.
Velocity-sensitive RGB pads
The 61SL MkIII’s keybed feels great, but it doesn’t stop there. Its velocity-sensitive RGB pads also boast polyphonic aftertouch, providing you with an ultra-expressive way to launch clips, input steps into the sequencer, and tap out drum patterns.
Internal 8-track sequencer
Your productions are about to get a serious creative injection, thanks to the Novation 61SL MkIII’s internal 8-track, pattern-based sequencer. Whether you input notes step-by-step or record as you go, you’ll be able to play and edit your sequences directly from the 61SL MkIII’s keyboard. Bring your productions to life by recording parameter automation straight onto the sequencer. Choose an arp type, set a sync rate, tweak note and pattern lengths, and design your rhythms in real time — with the 61SL MkIII, you can do it all.
Deep integration with Ableton Live and more
Novation worked directly with the folks at Ableton to imbue the 61SL MkIII with unprecedented integration with Live. But its usefulness doesn’t end there — deep integration with Logic and Reason, along with HUI compatibility with Cubase, Pro Tools, Studio One, and REAPER, allows users of any DAW to benefit from powerful hardware control over their projects. Not only do you get at-a-glance visibility of your parameters, but thanks to full-color LCD screens, pads, buttons, faders, and knobs, the 61SL also allows you to get hands on with your music.
Updated firmware unlocks unquantized recording
Countless musicians have used Novation’s auto quantization to clean up their tracks and keep everything sounding tight. However, some players prefer the organic sound of their original performances. Previous MkIII firmware versions introduced micro-step editing that let users nudge notes off of the grid for slight timing variation. With the introduction of V1.3 Firmware, your can now record with no quantization whatsoever! You’re now able to capture your beats and performances exactly as you played them – small and major inconsistencies included!
|Number of Keys||61|
|Type of Keys||Semi-weighted|
|Pads||16 x RGB Backlit Pads|
|Other Controllers||Pitchbend, Mod Wheel|
|Encoders/Pots||8 x Continuous Rotary Knobs|
|Dedicated Transport Control||Yes|
|Sequencer||64 Sessions, 8 Tracks per Session, 8 Patterns per Track, Unquantized Recording, Micro-step Editing|
|Pedal Inputs||1 x 1/4″ (expression), 1 x 1/4″ (sustain), 1 x 1/4″ (footswitch)|
|MIDI I/O||In, Out, Out2/Thru, USB|
|USB||1 x Type B|
|Other I/O||1 x Clock out, 2 x CV out, 2 x Mod out, 2 x Gate out|
|Software||Ableton Live Lite, 4GB Loopmaster Sounds and Samples|
|OS Requirements – Mac||OS X 10.11.6 or later|
|OS Requirements – PC||Windows 7 SP1 or later|
|Power Supply||12V DC power supply (included)|
|Manufacturer Part Number||AMS-61SL-MKIII|