Novation 61SL MkIII

Create quickly and easily with your hardware. Build your tracks in the eight-track polyphonic sequencer: everything in time; everything in key; every control at your fingertips.61 key version.
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SL MkIII is far from your typical keyboard controller. It’s an all-sequencing, all-dancing hub for all of your music making tools. A centrepiece to connect, control and create with your entire setup. Computer or not.

Create quickly and easily with your hardware. Build your tracks in the eight-track polyphonic sequencer: everything in time; everything in key; every control at your fingertips.

Available in 49 and 61 key versions. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Keys to the DAWs

Deep integrations with Logic® and Reason – plus HUIcompatibility with Cubase, Pro Tools®, Studio One and Reaper – mean SL MkIIIcan open up any DAW.

Key Features

Internal eight-trackpattern-based sequencer


Use the sequencer to easily record notes as you play them,or input step-by-step. Play and edit your sequences directly from the keyboard.Record your movements as automation into the sequencer, bringing life to yourproduction.




USB; MIDI In, Out, Out 2/Thru; sustain, expression andfootswitch inputs; Analogue Clock Out; and two sets of CV Pitch, Gate, and Modoutputs can be used to route anything anywhere.




Choose an arp type, set a sync rate, tweak the length, andthen use the pads to design your rhythms in real time.


Scales, modes andzones


Work with scales and keys and set up multiple zones andlayers on the keyboard.


Keys for the player


The SL MkIII boasts our finest, most playable and expressivesynth-style semi-weighted keybed, with a sprung action and our highest scanrate, all tuned to the needs of the experienced player. It’s got aftertouchtoo, assignable to anything.




Highly customisable mappings for hardware and softwareeasily control everything. Or create your own templates in the software editor,and save them to the keyboard.


The perfectcontroller for Live™


We worked with Ableton® to create an absolutely stunningkeyboard controller for their Live™ music-making software. The five colour LCDscreens give you full parameter feedback, enabling you to see everything youare controlling.


Control all majormusic software


Your choice of music software is crucial to your creativity.SL MkIII's pads, buttons, eight faders and eight knobs take control of allmajor music software using InControl or any HUI-compatible DAW.




Components allows you to backup and restore your templatesand sessions in the cloud, enabling access from anywhere in the world. Allcontent can also be saved locally.


Backlit Pitch andModulation wheels


Pitch and Modulation wheels have RGB LEDs that change colourto show what track you're working on.


One routable clockfor the whole system


Whether you're in the box or outside the box, the MIDI andanalogue clock and transport controls keep everything running in time.


Selectable VelocityCurves


Choose from a comprehensive selection of Velocity Curves tosuit your playing style.



Tech Specs

 Product Hardware Specifications

  • 49 or 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
  • 49 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 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
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