Novation 49SL MkIII Keyboard Controller and Sequencer

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Novation 49-Key MIDI- and CV-Equipped Keyboard Controller with 8-Track Polyphonic Sequencer

Novation 49SL MkIII is far from your typical keyboard controller: it's an all-sequencing, all-dancing hub for all of your music making tools, a centerpiece to connect, control and create with your entire setup – computer or not. Create quickly and easily with your hardware. Build your tracks in the eight-track polyphonic sequencer with everything in time, everything in key, every control at your fingertips.

  • Internal eight-track pattern-based sequencer
  • High-quality keybed with assignable aftertouch and selectable velocity curves
  • Backlit pitch and modulation wheels
  • Comprehensive connectivity including USB, MIDI, analog clock and CV/gate
  • Routable MIDI and analog clock with dedicated transport controls
  • Customizable onboard arpeggiator
  • Customizable scales, modes and zones
  • The perfect controller for Ableton Live and all major music software
  • Customizable hardware and software control mapping templates
  • Free cloud-based Components desktop template and session librarian software
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Total control
Get to work with your favorite hardware with all the benefits of a DAW at your fingertips – no need to look at a computer screen. Pull your DAW 'out of the box,' combine it with your hardware synths and connect everything through 49SL MkIII. Control it all with highly customizable mapping templates for your hardware and software or create your own in the software editor.

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Internal eight-track pattern-based sequencer
Input notes step-by-step, or record as you go; you can play and edit your sequences directly from the keyboard. Then record parameter automation straight onto the sequencer, bringing your productions to life. You can choose an arp type, set a sync rate, tweak note and pattern lengths and use the pads to design your rhythms in real time.

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It's the feel
49SL MkIII boasts Novation's finest and most playable synth-style semi-weighted keybed, with a sprung action tuned to the needs of the experienced player. It's got aftertouch, too, assignable to anything. Its exceptionally high scan rate of 10 kHz gives the keys a super dynamic feel for expressive performances. And you can see scales, modes and zones instantly with vibrant on-key RGB LED feedback.

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RGB pads
49SL MkIII's velocity-sensitive RGB pads have multiple functions, too: they can be used for launching clips, as steps in the sequencer or for finger drumming, and have polyphonic aftertouch.

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Post-release updates and support
Building on their stellar reputation for support and responsiveness to their user community, Novation has kept improving 49SL MKIII since its release with requested features like assignable aftertouch, an enhanced MIDI CC/NRPN implementation, UX tweaks and sequencer grid microstep editing. Building on that last addition, Novation has enabled an unquantized sequencer recording mode so that the organic, human quality of performances and punched-in beats can be captured in all their wonky glory.

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Keys for Live
Novation worked with Ableton to create an unprecedented integration with Live – 49SL MkIII truly pulls your sessions out of the box. The full color LCD screens give you full visibility of your parameters, while the pads, buttons, eight faders and eight knobs get you hands-on with your music in any major music software.

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Keys to the DAWs
Deep integrations with Logic and Reason – plus HUI compatibility with Cubase, Pro Tools, Studio One and Reaper – mean 49SL MkIII can open up any DAW.

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One routable clock for the whole system
Whether you're in the box or outside the box, the MIDI and analog clock and transport controls keep everything running in time.

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Comprehensive connectivity
USB, MIDI in/out/thru, sustain, expression and footswitch inputs, analog clock out and two sets of CV pitch, gate and mod outputs can be used to route anything anywhere.

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Novation Components allows you to back up 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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More Information
Manufacturer Novation
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer USB cable
Power supply
Controller Type Keyboard
Number of Keys 49
Weighted Keys No
Key Action Semi-weighted synth action with velocity and aftertouch
Aftertouch Yes
Onboard Controllers 16 full-color RGB velocity sensitive pads
8 continuous rotary knobs
8 sliders
Pitch and mod wheels
Transport controls
16 assignable buttons
Control Connections 1/4" footswitch input
1/4" expression pedal input
1/4" sustain pedal input
Sequencer 8 tracks, polyphonic
Arpeggiator Yes
MIDI In, Out, Out/Thru
5-Pin MIDI Yes
Compatible Devices Mac/PC
Bus Power No
Software Editor Yes
Width 32.16"
Depth 11.8"
Height 3.93"

Novation Limited Warranty

All Novation products are built to the highest standards and should provide reliable performance for many years, subject to reasonable care, use, transportation and storage.

Many of the products returned under warranty are found not to exhibit any fault at all. To avoid unnecessary inconvenience to you in terms of retuning the product please contact Novation support.

In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident during the warranty period, Novation will ensure that the product is repaired or replaced free of charge. The warranty period for any product purchased on or after January 24th, 2020 is a period of 36 months from the date of the original purchase.

A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product as described and published by Novation. A Manufacturing Defect does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

While this warranty is provided by Novation, the warranty obligations are fulfilled by the distributor responsible for the country in which you purchased the product.

The distributor will advise you of the appropriate procedure for resolving the warranty issue. In every case it will be necessary to provide a copy of the original invoice or store receipt to the distributor. In the event that you are unable to provide proof of purchase directly then you should contact the reseller from whom you purchased the product and attempt to obtain proof of purchase from them.

Please note that if you purchase a Novation product outside your country of residence or business you will not be entitled to ask your local Novation distributor to honor this limited warranty, although you may request an out-of-warranty chargeable repair.

This limited warranty is offered solely to products purchased from an Authorized Novation Reseller (defined as a reseller which has purchased the product directly from Novation in the UK, or one of its Authorized Distributors outside the UK). This warranty is in addition to your statutory rights in the country of purchase.

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  • Our central, midwest location ensures fast delivery times.
  • See below for transit day estimates. Please note, these are estimates and are not guaranteed.

Generally, package estimated transit days are as follows:

  • Upper Midwest: 1-3 days
  • Central US, South East US, and East Coast: 2-4 days
  • West Central US: 3-5 days
  • West Coast: 4-6 days
  • Alaska & Hawaii: 7+ days
All transit times are based in business days. Please allow 7-10 business days for most freight shipments. Business days are Monday through Friday and do not include public holidays and weekends (Saturday/Sunday.) For questions regarding estimates to your specific location, please contact us at [email protected] or 800-783-3368.