Novation 61 SL MkIII USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

Novation 61 SL MkIII USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

The Novation 61 SL MkIII is the 3rd generation of this popular USB MIDI keyboard controller offering great control and an 8 track sequencer.
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The Novation 61 SL MkIII is the 3rd generation of this popular USB MIDI keyboard controller offering great control and an 8 track sequencer.

Seamless DAW Control

The Novation SL is back and better than ever, seen here in the 61 key version for extended performance capabilities.

Working as the control centre for your whole studio, the Novation SL 61 gives you great DAW control and being MIDI and CV ready with an 8 track sequencer, it can sync with all your hardware too!

Novation 61SL MkIII USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Key Features:

  • Bring MIDI Hardware and CV/Gate Synth Together
  • Easily Integrate Hardware with Your DAW
  • The Perfect Controller for Ableton Live Software
  • Internal 8 Track Pattern Based Sequencer
  • 16 Velocity Sensitive RGB Pads
  • Backlit Pitch and Modulation Wheels
  • 1 Routable Clock for The Whole Systems
  • Comprehensive Arpeggiator
  • Customisable Templates
  • LED Feedback
  • High Resolution 10kHz Scan Rate
  • Selectable Velocity Curves
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite
  • Includes 4GB of Loopmasters Sounds and Samples
  • 3 Year Warranty 

v1.4 Firmware Update

The v1.4 firmware update for the Novation SL MkIII controller keyboard range gives you an array of fantastic new features and functions.

The new features this firmware update brings to the Novation SL MkIII range includes expanded arpeggiators, new sequencer functions, deeper swing control and creative transposition features.

You'll also be pleased to note that the v1.4 firmware update for Novation SL MkIII has some bug fixes including one for Logic Pro users, improving the overall experience.

To download the SL MkIII v1.4 firmware update, all you have to do is connect the SL MkIII via USB and navigate to Novation Components then follow the onscreen prompts.

Total Control for Your Studio

Novation have equipped the new SL MkIII with MIDI and CV capabilities.

Just connect all your MIDI hardware and CV/Gate synths to the SL MkIII and you’ll be able to control them all right there from the internal eight-track polyphonic, pattern-based sequencer.

The sequencer can be used for recording in real time or you can input the notes per step. Then, you can play and edit your sequences from the keyboard itself.

You can also record your movements as automation adding extra life and a natural feeling to your projects.

Ideal for Expressive Performance

The Novation SL Mk3 boasts the best keybed on offer from Novation yet.

Because of its sprung action and high scan rate, this synth-style semi-weighted keybed provides you with the incredible expressive potential.

You can also assign the Aftertouch to anything you wish.

Another very noticeable feature is the Novation SL’s 16 brightly lit, velocity sensitive RGB pads which can be used for a number of functions.

You can use the pads to launch clips, or as steps in a sequencer, they’re also great for live “drumming” performance and they feature polyphonic aftertouch.

You will also find that the Pitch and Modulation wheels are backlit with RGB LEDs which change colour depending on the track you’re working on while the brightness indicates the value of what you’re changing. This instant visual feedback all adds to the streamlined experience and smooth workflow.

Fantastic DAW Integration and Control

When creating the SL MkIII, Novation worked closely with Ableton to ensure they’d produce the perfect keyboard controller for the Ableton Live music-making software.

But Novation understand that your choice of software is extremely important and so the SL MkIII features the InControl feature.

Thanks to InControl, you can use all of the SL MkIII’s pads, buttons, faders and knobs to control any major music software. You can also use the SL MkIII with any HUI-compatible DAW.

Furthermore, five full-colour LCD screens on the SL MkIII give you full parameter feedback so it’s really easy to see what you’re controlling in your DAW at a glance.

What’s Included with the Novation 61 SL MkIII?

Included with the Novation 61SL MkIII is Ableton Live Lite. This streamlined version of Ableton Live gives you access to the essential workflows, instruments and effects of the full software. Basically, everything you need to record music and see how great the Novation SL MkIII is as a DAW controller.

You will also get access to 4GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples so you’ve got all sorts of great audio to work with straight away.

A premium braided USB cable and power supply come packed with the Novation SL MkIII too so you’re ready to get making music as soon as you take it out of the box.

Access to the Novation Sound Collective

When you register this product after purchase, you also get access to the Novation Sound Collective.

The Sound Collective gives you free versions of innovative software instruments and great FX along with exclusive discounts for other great third-party software.

Three-year Warranty On All Novation Hardware

Novation are excited to announce an extension to the standard limited warranty, which comes with all new products.

Previously, customers enjoyed a two-year warranty. Now — effective on purchases from 1st January 2018 onwards — the warranty period is 36 months from the date of the original purchase.

(The warranty period for product purchased on or prior to the 31st December 2017 remains at 24 months from the date of the original purchase.)

The New Novation SL

It’s been a long time coming but the new Novation SL USB MIDI keyboard controller is here and it does not disappoint.

Buy the Novation 61 SL MkIII keyboard controller from PMT Online today and experience the fantastic control for yourself.

Novation SL MKIII 1.3 Firmware Update

There is now a new update for all SL MKIII's. If you haven't got the 1.2 Firmware update you're missing out on a load of new features! You can get the update here.

The 1.2 Firmware update features:

  • Microstep editing - You can have 6 microsteps per step, due to the Sequencer resolution being increased.
  • Step View pattern scrolling - You can now use the Up and Down buttons to scroll through your loaded sequencer patterns.
  • Assignable Aftertouch - Aftertouch has been made assignable to any MIDI CC you like within Components.
  • More responsive knobs - Increased the responsiveness of the SL MkIII’s rotary encoders for smoother adjusts of parameters over a shorter rotational distance.
  • Increased Gate length - The maximum step length has been doubled to 32. Record and sequence longer MIDI notes within patterns, for more complex and creative tracks.
  • Enhanced NRPN Control - The SL MkIII 1.2 now also communicates with all NRPN-enabled devices.

The Firmware update 1.3 adds:

  • Unquantised Recording

In version 1.2 micro-step editing was introduced, this lets you position notes off the grid for subtle timing variations. With unquantised recording, you can now record into these microsteps. This offers more movement and musicality to the built-in sequencer.

Novation 61SL MkIII USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Specs:

Product Hardware Specifications

  • 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 RGB LEDs plus 61 or 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

Rear Panel & Connectors

  • Power switch
  • DC power socket
  • USB socket
  • 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
  • Real time record (notes, with velocity and automation)
  • Auto-quantise notes to steps and automation to 8 events per step
  • All assignable controls can be automated (8 maximum automation lanes)
  • Internal tempo range 40 - 240
  • External synced tempo range 30 - 300
  • Swing 20 - 80%

Real Time Performance

  • 22 Scale types and chromatic transposition
  • 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

Software Compatibility

  • Ableton Live Lite included

Power Requirements

  • Maximum power consumption 12V DC 1000mA
  • Power supply included (This product cannot be powered from USB)

Product Dimensions

  • 61SL MkIII: 981mm length x 300mm depth x 100mm height
More Information
Manufacturer Novation
SKU 181801
Shipping Weight (kg) 9.000000
Warranty 3 years
Number of Keys 61 keys
Key Action Semi-Weighted


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