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Novation Zero SL MKII Midi Controller

Stock code: 66444

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Features

  • Illuminated controls provide instant visual feedback
  • Giant 144-character LCD screen
  • Huge array of touch-sensitive controls
  • Automap 3 PRO Control Software
  • MIDI control interface
  • Novation’s unique ‘speed dial’
  • Crossfader
  • Programmable ‘soft-feel’ drumpads
  • Dedicated, yet fully-assignable transport buttons
  • Includes the Xcite+ bundle

The Novation Zero SL MkII is a full DAW and plug-in control surface (for live and studio use) that visually feeds back all control information to the user. A giant 144-character display, back lit LED buttons and LED ringed encoders show the status of all controls. Ultra-quick mapping of all 56 knobs, faders and buttons is managed by the groundbreaking Automap 3 PRO software.

The Novation Zero SL Mk 2 has been designed both for the studio and the stage. It equips the modern DAW user with every dimension of hardware control, enabling a hands-on approach to navigating software, mixing and controlling plug-ins. It represents extraordinary value as a controller, integrating a DAW control surface with the most intuitive plug-in mapping capabilities available - presided over by Automap 3 PRO; the most advanced control software on the market.

Zero SL Mk II upholds Novation's reputation for building quality hardware. It can be mounted in a 19" rack, or used as a desk-top controller, or angled for performance using legs that are included with the unit. Quality is not just reflected in their robustness, but more importantly in the way the Zero SL Mk2 has been designed with every detail calculated to maximise workflow. The Novation Zero SL Mk II's visually feeds back all controller information to the user with back lit buttons and encoder LED rings, making it absolutely ideal for live performances where parameters need to be identified instantly.

The difficulty with other control surfaces is knowing what is assigned to what. Zero SL Mk II has a giant 144-character ultra-bright LCD screen that displays all the parameter names and values for the currently selected row of controllers. All 8 faders and 16 knobs are touch sensitive, so the moment one is touched, the display shows the names and values on that row and puts brackets around the controller that is currently being touched. This enables the user to see which parameter is assigned to the controller without having to change the value, or refer to their software. Zero SL MkII also has a dedicated 'Speed Dial' knob, which can be used to change the value of any parameter the cursor is positioned over without making any assignments whatsoever.

The 8 continuous rotary encoders have 11 segment LED rings around each of them, allowing encoders to behave like pots so the user can see the value before moving them. All the buttons have LEDs underneath them so users can instantly see their status without having to press them. There are 8 soft-feel drum pads which are fully assignable to any parameter with the Automap software

Zero SL Mk2 has been designed to draw minimum current so it can be used as a USB buss-powered device, although an optional 9V DC power supply can be added for stand-alone use. As well as USB interfacing, Zero SL Mk 2 has 1 MIDI in, 1 MIDI thru and 2 MIDI outs.

The power behind the Novation Zero's unique ability to map controllers at the touch of a button, is contained within the included Automap software. Automap 3 PRO enables users to map controllers with incredible speed and ease - no more digging through MIDI continuous controller numbers, the Automap server takes care of it all. Automap's GUI gives the user a visual representation of all the current mappings on screen, as well as the ability to save and manage mappings across different projects. There is also an option to only bring up the GUI when a controller on the Zero SLMk2 has been touched.

ManufacturerNovation
ModelZero SL MKII Midi Controller
Dimensions
(H x W x D)
68 x 445 x 200 mm
Weight1.48kg
Physical/Assignable controls 8 Encoders (Infinite Rotation) with touch-sensitivity and 11 segment Led rings 8 Pots (270 Rotation) with touch-sensitivity
8 60mm Sliders with touch-sensitivity
32 Buttons with integrated LEDs (37 in MIDI mode]
8 soft feel Trigger pads
Touch sensitive Speed Dial (as on Nocturn)
Crossfader
System buttons General Automap Operation Buttons (Learn, View, Browser Groups etc.)
Octave up/down buttons with LED indicator
Connectivity Data Port: 1 x USB (Win XP/Vista and Mac OSX – Not Class Compliant
MIDI: MIDI ONE: IN, OUT and Thru, MIDI TWO: OUT
Sustain Pedal: 1 x 1/4 Jack Input
Expression pedal: 1 x 1/4 Jack Input
Power switch: Ext DC/USB
System Requirements Mac
OSX 10.4.0 or greater (Leopard also supported)
G4/1GHz, both with 256MB RAM

PC
Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or greater (Vista 32/64 also supported)
Pentium 3/1GHz/256MB RAM (machines running Vista will require a higher spec)
Included Accessories Automap 3 PRO
Xcite+ bundle

  • Portable, practical & perfect

    Overall Rating
    Posted on 29/10/2012 by

    This is one of the most exciting pieces of gear I've used, and I wish I had one in my life! Definitely perfect for a live set with the use of crossfaders and mixers! The ability to control plug-ins is another wonderful feature. The additional fact of it being so user friendly, attractive and lightweight just makes it the perfect piece of gear to have! Definitely recommend to any musicians who perform live, or DJ! MUST HAVE!

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