SL MkII 25 49 61

Novation's Flagship MIDI Controller

SL MkII is the daddy of advanced professional USB MIDI controllers. It combines a semi-weighted Fatar keybed that plays like an instrument with an absolutely ludicrous number of controls. It gives you direct, hands-on control over every aspect of your music, software, plug-in instruments and FX, as well as immediate feedback at the touch of a button.

Incredible Professional Keyboard

Express yourself on our premium semi-weighted Fatar keybed with assignable after-touch. It plays almost like an instrument to let you create truly expressive performances.

You can choose between 61, 49 and 25-key versions or the keyless SL MkII ZeRO, which gives you the same control over your software in a more lightweight and portable form.

Get Instant Hands-On Control

Every SL MkII has the same huge number of fully assignable controls, all of which map automatically to your software with Automap to give you direct access to everything you could want to control.

Find out more about Automap here.

The new LED rings around the controllers in MkII make it much much easier to see what is going on - especially useful on dark stages! The same applies for the backlit buttons and transport controls, they make the original SL design even better.

Keith Harris, Producer -

See Exactly What You’re Controlling

The 144-character LCD screen shows you exactly what you are controlling, including the name and value of entire rows of knobs, faders or buttons. We also lined the screen up with your controls, so you can see which bits of your software they are controlling without ever having to peer at your laptop.

Get Immediate Visual Feedback

We designed the SL MkII to put information at your fingertips. The illuminated controls give you instant visual feedback: LED rings around your encoders tell you the position of your filter cutoff and the back-lit buttons show you which tracks are muted.

“An evolution rather than a revolution, this refresh to the core SL line reaffirms Novation's status as the controller kings.”

Computer Music

“The SL MkII is a great keyboard and controller, but what makes it stand out from the crowd is the innovative Automap software, greatly simplifying the process of controlling any plug-ins and you DAW.”

Music Tech

“This keyboard has got you covered on all fronts and truly involves the composer in an all encompassing musical experience. Well done Novation!”

My Best Midi Keyboard

“...affordable and near-universal control that is both fast and simple to use.”

Sound on Sound

Touch-Sensitive Controls

Every knob, encoder, button and fader on the SL MKII is touch-sensitive. Simply touch a control to bring up information about that entire row on your LCD screen, without having to move the control and lose your settings.

Best MIDI Keyboard


Innovation Award

Music Tech

Control Any Major Music Software

Get instant hands-control of any major music software, including Ableton Live, Logic, Cubase and Pro Tools™. You can also use SL MkII and Automap to control third party plug-in instruments, like Native Instruments, UAD and FXpansion.

Key Features

Incredible Professional Feel

Velocity-sensitive Fatar keybed that plays just like an instrument, with semi-weighted action and assignable after-touch.

Instant Hands-On Control

Automap software instantly maps your controls to your software to give you direct access to your plug-in instruments and FX.

See What You’re Controlling

The 144-character LCD screen shows you exactly what you are controlling, including the name and value of entire rows of knobs, faders or buttons.

Instant Visual Feedback

Backlit buttons and bright LED rings around eight smooth encoders give you immediate visual feedback of cutoffs and muted tracks.

Huge Array of Touch-Sensitive Controls

Simply touch any of the beautifully illuminated controls to see what it is controlling.

Control Any Major Music Software

Get instant hands-control of major music software and third party plug-in instruments.

Bus-Powered by USB

Plug in and play without any power cables.

Use Your Pedals and MIDI Instruments

Directly connect expression and sustain pedals, and any external MIDI instruments.

Tech Spec

Product Hardware Specifications

  • 25, 49 or 61 note velocity sensitive semi-weighted Italian made keyboard with assignable aftertouch
  • 144 character blue backlit LCD screen

Assignable Controls

  • 8 endless encoders (infinite rotation) with touch-sensitivity and 11 segment LED rings
  • 8 pots (270 degree rotation) with touch-sensitivity
  • 8 sliders with touch-sensitivity
  • 32 buttons with integrated LEDs (37 in MIDI mode]
  • 8 soft feel trigger pads
  • Xpression X-Y Pad
  • Xpression Joystick

System Buttons

  • General Automap Operation Buttons (Learn, View, Browser Groups etc.)
  • Octave up/down buttons with LED indicator
  • 1 Automap button with LED to toggle Automap mode on and off
    Template and edit modes have been combined into one edit mode, for editing both individual controls and overall settings within one template


  • USB socket (not class compliant)
  • MIDI IN, OUT and THRU din sockets plus additional MIDI OUT din socket
  • Sustain pedal 1/4” jack socket
  • Expression pedal 1/4” jack socket
  • Power switch Ext DC / USB

Software Compatibility

  • Novation Automap software for control of all major DAWs and plug-ins
  • Ableton Live Lite 9 is included
    If you already have Ableton Live it must be version 8 or greater to work with the SL MKII. We recommend that you update to the latest version as previous versions of Ableton Live do not include the SL MKII integration. SL MKII will also work as a standard MIDI controller.

  • SL MKII requires a MIDI driver for both PC and Mac (supplied)

Power Requirements

  • Fully USB bus powered
  • Maximum power consumption 9V DC 500mA
    Power supply not included

Product Dimensions

  • SL MKII 25: 468mm length x 293mm depth x 68mm height
  • SL MKII 49: 803mm length x 293mm depth x 68mm height
  • SL MKII 61: 965mm length x 293mm depth x 68mm height

OS Compatibility

OS compatibilty not relevant for this product range/type