Novation 49SL MkIII 49-Key MIDI Controller Keyboard

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Novation 49SL MkIII 49-Key MIDI Controller Keyboard

Gearank Recommendation

The Novation 49SL MkIII appeared on our recommended list for 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards from April 2020 until September 2022 when it was removed due to being out-ranked by other keyboards.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now options with higher ratings in our guide to The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.


With its “everything but the kitchen sink” looks, it may seem like the Novation 49SL might have had one feature too many.

But for the musician that absolutely requires control over multiple parameters and tweaking, the Novation 49SL is a treat for the eyes; and the fingers as well.

With the hybrid feel of the synth action keys, tweaked just right to provide resistance similar to semi-weighted keys, the response will feel familiar enough to those transitioning from piano.


  • Keys: 49 Semi-Weighted Velocity Sensitive Synth Action Keys with Aftertouch
  • Pads: 16 Backlit RGB Pads
  • Controls: 8 Sliders, 8 Rotary Knobs, RGB Backlit Pitchbend and Mod Wheels, 2 Octave Buttons
  • Zones: 8
  • Automap: Yes (Logic, Reason, Cubase, Pro Tools, Studio One, Reaper)
  • Connectivity: 5-Pin MIDI In, 5-Pin MIDI Out, 5-Pin MIDI Out2/Thru, USB Type B
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes
  • Compatibility: OS X 10.11.6 (Up), Windows 7 SP1 (Up)
  • Power: 12V DC power supply included
  • Dimensions: 32.16″ x 11.81″ x 3.93″
  • Weight: 15 lbs.
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite, 4GB Loopmaster Sounds and Samples

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