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Novation 49SL MKIII


Controller Keyboard with Sequencer

  • 49 Semi-weighted and velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch
  • Pitch and modulation wheel
  • 16 Velocity-sensitive and illuminated RGB drum pads
  • 8 Endless rotary encoders
  • 8 Faders
  • 6 Buttons for transport control
  • 16 Freely assignable buttons (x2 banks)
  • 5 RGB TFT displays
  • Perfect integration with Ableton Live
  • Compatible with all DAWs via InControl or Mackie HUI
  • 22 Tone scales
  • Integrated 8-track sequencer with real-time and step input
  • 8 Patterns per track
  • 64 Memory locations
  • Pattern chain function
  • Note quantization
  • Record automations of up to 8 parameters
  • Swing (20 - 80%)
  • Arpeggiator
  • Customisable templates to control hardware and software
  • Adjustable velocity curves
  • USB class compliant - no drivers required
  • 2x 3.5 mm jack outputs each for CV (pitch), gate and modulation
  • Clock output 3.5 mm jack
  • 6.3 mm jack inputs for sustain, expression and footswitch
  • MIDI In, Out, Out2 / Thru
  • USB port
  • Dimensions: 816.6 x 299.6 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 5.36 kg
  • Includes power supply (12V DC), USB cable, Ableton Live Lite, 4 GB Loopmasters Sounds, XLN Audio Addictive Keys
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones 0
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 8
Fader 8
Pads 16
Display Yes
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered No
available since October 2018
Item number 450573
Dimensions 816,6 x 299,6 x 100 mm
Weight 5,4 kg
Special Features Sequencer; CV/Gate Outs
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Great but could be better
Tillman-Jex 29.09.2019
As a workhorse midi keyboard and controller its great.
The keyboard feels very nice and all other hardware too except for the sliders, they feel a bit cheap.

The two problems I have are that the sequencer is really cumbersome to use. Really very much designed for people playing 4 beat loops that are locked 100% to the grid. With a bit of perseverance you can work it into an okay workflow, but overall its uninspiring and does not lend itself to live use at all. I really hope they improve it with some updates.

The other is the Novation Components sofware/web app. This is also an overly basic piece of software that does not match the price point of the keyboard at all. Really frustrated by this. Feels like somebody telling me to build a house of cards with one hand tied behind my back.

For those interested in the CV capabilities, I've found they work quite fine. The midi-cv clock conversion is rock solid and the pitch tracking works fine.

So in conclusion, if you're wanting a studio control hub it's great. If you're wanting a live performance tool, it's still one of the best options, but don't expect much from the sequencer.


Nice master keyboard.
Lomber 22.03.2021
Key size great, knobs, buttons and pw/mw great, pads ok, size ideal.
Features, amazing (customizability in almost everything)
Handling in standalone great, otherwise... meh (I would prefer to be able to program it in standalone mode, their app is a drag).
Very happy with the purchase,
Thomann delivery as always in time, despite co-vid!


Best controller you can get.
Kamil Z. 10.05.2019
The best quality of Keys i have ever played on. The Sequencer and Arpeggiator onboard are excellent. Build quality as expected from Novation is excellent. A must in the studio !


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DJTheDarksider 14.11.2019
Ich liebe mein SL49 MKIII über alles.
Der integrierte Sequencer ist eine fantastische Ergänzung der nicht nur zum Spielen und Experimentieren einlädt, sonder mit dem ich bereits komplette Live Sets spielen konnte. 8 Spuren, die Möglichkeit jeder Spur in übersichtlicher Art und Weise ein anderes (oder auch mehrfach das selbe) Instrument zuzuordnen ist fantastisch.
Einen Punkteabzug beim Sequencer gibt es nur weil man als "minimalteiler" nur 1/4 einstellen kann.
Ja klar jeder Step ist dann zwar eine 1/4 Note lang aber gerade wenn man Pads mit einer Akkordprogression spielen will sind 4 Bars (16 * 1/4) manchmal einfach zu wenig - Dank der Pattern Chaining Funktion klappt aber das Verketten zu längern progressionen ganz gut.
Einziger weiterer Kritikpunkt ist das man keine "Numerische Tastatur" hat um zB Bank und Programm Change befehle zu schicken. .

Absolut hervorzuheben ist die Tatsache das man sich mit Novation Components eigene "Templates" für seine Synths basteln kann - hab ich zB für meine TB03 gemacht und kann alle Parameter direkt am SL49 ändern. Dafür ein Dickes Plus.


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