Novation 61SL MkIII


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61-key MIDI and CV-equipped keyboard controller with 8-track sequencer

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61SL MkIII is the centrepiece for your whole studio, both in and out the box. Create one seamless workflow between your DAW and all your hardware with premium semi-weighted keys, all the essential transport and mixing controls, and an eight-track polyphonic sequencer.

Sprawling setup? Bring MIDI hardware and CV/Gate synths together by plugging them all into your MIDI keyboard controller and keep everything perfectly in sync with one routable clock for the whole system.


  • Easily integrate hardware with your DAW – get the best of both worlds, recording any electronic performance from one studio centrepiece
  • The perfect controller for Live – full parameter feedback across five colour LCD screens, so you can see everything you are controlling.
  • Internal eight-track pattern-based sequencer – record in real time or input notes per step, then edit your sequences directly from the keyboard and record automation
  • LED feedback directly above each key – work with scales and keys and see all your zones and layers with vibrant RGB feedback
  • Comprehensive connectivity – route anything anywhere with USB; MIDI In, Out, Out 2/Thru; three pedal inputs; Analogue Clock Out; and two CV Pitch, Gate, and Mod outputs
SL61 MkIII being played

Total control

Get to work with your favourite 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 and combine with your hardware synths - connecting everything through SL MkIII. Then easily control everything with highly customisable mappings for your hardware and software. Or create your own in the software editor.

SL MkIII performance

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It's the feel

SL MkIII boasts our 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.

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

SL 61 MkIII keys and pads

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.
Included software

Included software

Ableton Live Lite - The renowned electronic music creation software, with seamless Launchkey integration. With effects, instruments, sounds and all kinds of creative features included – everything you need to make any kind of music.

XLN Audio Addictive Keys - Add great sounding piano to your tracks with the Studio Grand, based on the iconic Steinway® Model D. Plug in and play; you’ll be instantly transported to a professional recording studio set up to capture this beautiful piano.

AAS Session Bundle - Essential sounds for your tracks: Lounge Lizard’s authentic classic electric piano tones; Strum Session’s acoustic and electric guitar sounds; Ultra Analog Session’s easy-to-use, huge synth sounds.

Spitfire Audio LABS Expressive Strings - Exclusive to Launchkey: get immediately expressive and realistic strings sounds. Control release, delay and reverb or fade in experimental warped layers to add colour to your tracks and scores.

Klevgrand R0Verb - A hybrid between a simple reverb and a very complex delay in an easy-to-use plug-in. Design your own reverbs and put your sounds in their own unique space.

Klevgrand DAW Cassette - Bring your sound back to the golden age of cassette tapes, with an accurate recreation of saturation, distortion, noise and wobble.

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Ableton Live

Keys for Live

We've worked with Ableton® to create an unprecedented integration with Live™. SL MkIII truly pulls your sessions out of the box. The full colour 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 - and in any major music software, using InControl.
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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 SL MkIII can open up any DAW.

    61 note velocity sensitive, individually sprung, synth style, semi-weighted keyboard

    16 full-colour RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads

    2 Page and 2 scene launch buttons

    8 continuous rotary knobs

    8 sliders

    6 dedicated transport controls

    RGB backlit pitch bend and modulation wheels

    2 octave / transpose buttons

    2 Track buttons

    5x RGB TFT LCD screens

    59 Backlit buttons with tact switches

    61 keybed RGB LEDs

    16 Assignable buttons x 2 pages (32 assignable buttons)

    Assignable grid x 2 pages (32 assignable pads)

    Backlit RGB Mode switching buttons including InControl
  • Width981mm
  • Depth300mm
  • Height100mm
Rear panel and connectors
    Power switch

    DC power socket

    USB B 2.0

    MIDI IN, OUT, OUT2 / THRU - 3x 5-pin DIN sockets

    Sustain and Expression pedal 1/4" TRS jack inputs

    Footswitch pedal 1/4" TS jack input

    CV, Gate, Modulation -1- on 3.5mm jack sockets

    CV, Gate, Modulation -2- on 3.5mm jack sockets

    Clock out

    Kensington security slot
    64 Sessions

    8 Tracks per session

    8 Patterns per track (16 steps per Pattern for a total of 128 steps per track)

    Real time record (notes, with velocity and automation)

    Auto-quantise notes to steps and automation to 6 events per step

    All assignable controls can be automated (8 maximum automation lanes)

    Internal tempo range 40 - 240

    Swing 20 - 80%
 Real time performance
    16 Scale types and chromatic transposition

    Split the keys into 8 playable zones

    Pattern expand view - flip the grid

    Pattern start and end, direction incl. random

    Configurable pattern chain

    Session instant switching and queued switch
    Velocity and gate per step

    Multiple gate lengths per step (via real time record)

    Automation edit per step

    Clear step, automation parameter per pattern, pattern, session

    Duplicate step, pattern
    Ableton Live Lite included

    4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
Power requirements
    Maximum power consumption 12v 1000mA

    Power supply included (This product cannot be powered from USB)

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