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Novation SL MkII Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Working With The SL MK ll Hardware

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    Introduction

    Eli welcomes you to this series of videos on the Novation SL MK ll keyboard controller.

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    The Big Picture

    Overview of the SL MK ll signal flow, and it's two modes of operation: Advanced Mode and Automap Mode.

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    Global Keyboard Options

    The Global Menu is a set of options that affect the operation of the whole unit. In this video, the Options submenu setting are explained.

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    Start Up and Routing Settings

    Learn how to set the SL MKll's start up stat, and various routing options between the USB and MIDI ports.

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    Splitting the Keyboard Into Zones

    Discover how to globally split the keyboard into zones, so that it can trigger different sounds in different ranges.

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    Working with SysEx Data

    Learn how to backup and restore customized templates and/or global keyboard settings to either a computer or external MIDI device, by sending or receiving system exclusive dumps through the various ports on the SL MKll.

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    Drum Pad Calibration

    See how to set the sensitivity of the 8 drum pads to match your personal playing style.

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    Calibration Sub Menu

    Learn how to calibrate the pitch bend/mod wheel joystick and how to adjust the sensitivity of the aftertouch response, which affects the range of MIDI aftertouch values that the keyboard sends as pressure is applied to the notes.

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    The Quick Menu

    Learn how to access a variety of useful transposition, tempo, and MIDI message functions directly from the SL MKll's Quick Menu display.

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    Selecting Advanced Mode Templates

    Learn how call up, navigate, and select, the thirty two built in advanced mode templates.

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    Template Edit Mode

    Learn how to edit and save the template wide parameters pertaining to each of the thirty two Advanced Mode Templates stored in the SL MKll.

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    Editing the Sliders

    Learn how to program the sliders to generate various types and ranges of MIDI messages.

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    Programming the Encoders

    Explore the unique display type settings available when editing the encoder knobs, and learn how to program them to send 14 bit MIDI messages.

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    Programming Buttons

    Discover how to set and control the messages sent when buttons are pressed and/or released.

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    Additional Button Messages

    Explore the MMC, program change, bank change, drum note, template, and system real time messages that can be sent from the various buttons and drum pads on the SL MKll.

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    The X/Y Pad

    Watch how the X/Y Pad is programmed and used to send and control two MIDI messages simultaneously.

Chapter 2 : Working With Automap

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    Setting Up Automap

    Learn how to launch the Automap Server software and configure it for your software by enabling plug-ins for control by Automap, and then configuring your DAW [Logic Pro X in this video] to recognize Automap.

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    General Automap Concepts

    Learn about the basic concepts used when mapping controls, and see how, with Automap, the SL MKll controls are mapped by default to various mixer, instrument and effects parameters in Logic Pro X.

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    The Edit Mapping Window

    The Edit Mapping Window is the main software interface between the SL MKll and your DAW's mixer and software plug-ins. See how and where mapping files are saved, opened, and managed.

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    The Mapping Window GUI

    Discover the layout of the Edit Mapping Window, learn how to change a Thing's default Group assignment, explore Automap's Browser View, and see how to re-order parameter assignments using simple drag and drop.

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    Creating Your Own Mappings

    Learn three ways to create your own mappings. Manually assigning them in the Edit Mapping window, using the Learn button, and using Learn Latch mode.

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    Pro Tools and Automap HUI

    See how Automap works in HUI mode, and how Pro Tools parameters are mapped to the SL MKll hardware controls.

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    Automap Virtual MIDI

    This is a way of using Automap, instead of the hardware controls on the SL MKll, to generate and receive standard MIDI messages. See how it is used to control software (Battery by Native Instruments) not directly supported by Automap.

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    QWERTY Assignments

    Learn how to program Automap to have your Novation hardware controls send key commands to your DAW.

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    Additional Mapping Parameters

    Explore how the various range setting options for encoders, buttons, pots, and sliders are used to modify their performance and response.

Product Overview


The Novation SL MkII keyboard controller is one of the most popular controllers available today, but it can be confusing, as it can do so much. No worries, let Novation pro Eli Krantzberg take you on a guided tour of this power packed controller from Novation and help you to control your instruments and DAW like never before.

Eli begins with an introduction and overview of the SL MkII, and then goes right into Global Keyboard Options, Start Up and Routing, Making Zones, and Working with SysEx Data. Drum Pad and Pitch and Mod Wheel Calibration is next, where you'll see just how to fine tune the pads and wheels for perfect triggering and control.

Eli then shows you The Quick Menu where you can adjust things like Tempo, MIDI Messages and more. Advanced Mode Templates are then explained, as well as how to make and save your own Templates. Editing and Programing all the Sliders, Encoders and Buttons is shown, including the powerful X/Y Pad.

Automap and all of its features and functions are revealed in-depth, allowing you to get every drop of power and creativeness out of this world class controller. If you use any of the SL MkII controllers, you owe it to yourself to watch this awesome series and get the most from your Novation product. Get "Novation SL MkII Explained" today.


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kunsin
Submitted 4 months ago

Yes! Very helpful!

I had a SL MKII over 2 years but I never know the controlling detail. The video help me to have the knowledge. thanks a lot!


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Hfd
Submitted 5 months ago

Very helpful and Informative

Mr. Eli Krantzberg I would like to tell you Good Job and Thank you very much. You save me from lots of headaches. I'm not good at reading manuals, especially like this one. I don't know how you do it. Anyway, thank you very much for your help.


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Hakinaki70
Submitted 7 months ago

It Did Helped a Bit

Yes It has helpt me But i need to ask Why does you never do such Things in cubase allmost all you are doing is in apelton and others never in cubase, this make it very hard to find out, i am not a tecknition man i have to see Things but thats hard when it's allways is another program or DAW than Cubase, But i still like like your side. Leif Petersen

I am a: Cubase

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and thank you for your review. We're glad it has helped you.
Our author/engineers typically use the DAW(s) that they have in their studio. We do have authors that use Cubase (Paul Ortiz, Gary Hiebner) so keep watching!

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sonnyhancock
Submitted 1 year ago

Invaluable! Great series.

As an owner, these videos have been hugely helpful. I had the keyboard for years and some functions need clearer explanation the manuals don't cover well. Highly recommended, especially if you own an SLMKII.


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Kamil
Submitted 2 years ago

Helped me A lot

Ease to use and understand.


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netcav
Submitted 2 years ago

Great tutorials

Following Novation's instructions on the 61 SL was very confusing. Consequently, I just used the keyboard to trigger midi in my daw. After doing this course, I'm sure I. Will be able to get the most from this instrument. Full marks for a clear explanation of how to make the most of this controller/keyboard!

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Digital Performer


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BB
Submitted 2 years ago

WOW! In depth tutorial!

Until now I barely touched the surface of the possibilities of my MkII. I have always been looking for an in depth tutorial on my MkII and Automap. This tutorial covers (in my opinion) every aspect of the Novation SL MkII. Great job! Thanks guys!

I am a: Hobbyist, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason


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Ceiteach
Submitted 3 years ago

I can now use my Novation SLII :-)

Each tutorial is short and to the point. Working through these video tutorials enabled me to use my Novation with Logic Pro X which is exactly what I was hoping for.

I am a: Audio Engineer, Musician


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kunsin
Submitted 4 months ago

Yes! Very helpful!

I had a SL MKII over 2 years but I never know the controlling detail. The video help me to have the knowledge. thanks a lot!

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Hfd
Submitted 5 months ago

Very helpful and Informative

Mr. Eli Krantzberg I would like to tell you Good Job and Thank you very much. You save me from lots of headaches. I'm not good at reading manuals, especially like this one. I don't know how you do it. Anyway, thank you very much for your help.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Hakinaki70
Submitted 7 months ago

It Did Helped a Bit

Yes It has helpt me But i need to ask Why does you never do such Things in cubase allmost all you are doing is in apelton and others never in cubase, this make it very hard to find out, i am not a tecknition man i have to see Things but thats hard when it's allways is another program or DAW than Cubase, But i still like like your side. Leif Petersen

I am a: Cubase

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and thank you for your review. We're glad it has helped you.
Our author/engineers typically use the DAW(s) that they have in their studio. We do have authors that use Cubase (Paul Ortiz, Gary Hiebner) so keep watching!
Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

sonnyhancock
Submitted 1 year ago

Invaluable! Great series.

As an owner, these videos have been hugely helpful. I had the keyboard for years and some functions need clearer explanation the manuals don't cover well. Highly recommended, especially if you own an SLMKII.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Kamil
Submitted 2 years ago

Helped me A lot

Ease to use and understand.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

netcav
Submitted 2 years ago

Great tutorials

Following Novation's instructions on the 61 SL was very confusing. Consequently, I just used the keyboard to trigger midi in my daw. After doing this course, I'm sure I. Will be able to get the most from this instrument. Full marks for a clear explanation of how to make the most of this controller/keyboard!

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Digital Performer

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

BB
Submitted 2 years ago

WOW! In depth tutorial!

Until now I barely touched the surface of the possibilities of my MkII. I have always been looking for an in depth tutorial on my MkII and Automap. This tutorial covers (in my opinion) every aspect of the Novation SL MkII. Great job! Thanks guys!

I am a: Hobbyist, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Ceiteach
Submitted 3 years ago

I can now use my Novation SLII :-)

Each tutorial is short and to the point. Working through these video tutorials enabled me to use my Novation with Logic Pro X which is exactly what I was hoping for.

I am a: Audio Engineer, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Novation SL MkII Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 8 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Yes! Very helpful! I had a SL MKII over 2 years but I never know the controlling detail. The video help me to have the knowledge. thanks a lot!
Date published: 2019-05-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful and Informative Mr. Eli Krantzberg I would like to tell you Good Job and Thank you very much. You save me from lots of headaches. I'm not good at reading manuals, especially like this one. I don't know how you do it. Anyway, thank you very much for your help.
Date published: 2019-04-21
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from It Did Helped a Bit Yes It has helpt me But i need to ask Why does you never do such Things in cubase allmost all you are doing is in apelton and others never in cubase, this make it very hard to find out, i am not a tecknition man i have to see Things but thats hard when it's allways is another program or DAW than Cubase, But i still like like your side. Leif Petersen
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Invaluable! Great series. As an owner, these videos have been hugely helpful. I had the keyboard for years and some functions need clearer explanation the manuals don't cover well. Highly recommended, especially if you own an SLMKII.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helped me A lot Ease to use and understand.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorials Following Novation's instructions on the 61 SL was very confusing. Consequently, I just used the keyboard to trigger midi in my daw. After doing this course, I'm sure I. Will be able to get the most from this instrument. Full marks for a clear explanation of how to make the most of this controller/keyboard!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from WOW! In depth tutorial! Until now I barely touched the surface of the possibilities of my MkII. I have always been looking for an in depth tutorial on my MkII and Automap. This tutorial covers (in my opinion) every aspect of the Novation SL MkII. Great job! Thanks guys!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I can now use my Novation SLII :-) Each tutorial is short and to the point. Working through these video tutorials enabled me to use my Novation with Logic Pro X which is exactly what I was hoping for.
Date published: 2016-07-24
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