Novation 49SL MkIII 49-Key MIDI Controller Keyboard

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 100+ ratings and reviews.

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$600
Novation 49SL MkIII 49-Key MIDI Controller Keyboard

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 91/100 is based on analysis of 100+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

NB: At publication time this was on our recommended list for The Highest Rated 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.

Specifications:

  • 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

Pros
Users who focus on electronic music production note that the Novation 49SL mkIII is the centerpiece of their creative workflow. The depth of customization is topnotch and the multiple screens provide a great amount of information to further speed up the creative process.

Cons
Flimsy controls may put off some, especially for touring.

Overall
For those who focus entirely on making electronic music and want the cherry on top of their music production studio, the Novation 49SL is a great pick.

NB: At publication time this was on our recommended list for The Highest Rated 49-Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

About the Author

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An audio engineer of nearly 20 years who specializes in rock and metal recordings, he also plays guitar and produces original music for his band and other content creators.