I have been playing with the Novation ZeRO SL MkII for awhile and it is a very capable controller. Its rare that a controller allows me to do something new but ZeRO SL has done just this. Thanks to the LCD screen and Automap 3 for the first time I mastered a complete track in the box with my monitor turned off. While admittedly the first time round I wasn’t as fast as with a mouse but I think eliminating the distraction of visual feedback forced me to focus more intensely on the audio at hand.

  • Malvina and Carabas Barabas

    WOW! Sooo.. many knobs 4 the noobs… U sure don`t want that beer until the gig is over.. The rumour has it-  Budweiser & Heineken r sueing ” Novation”…. I wish i needed that controller… As always very thorough, good review. Thanks !
                                                                                    Malvina and Carabas Barabas

  • Paul_clews

    Thats a nice piece of kit id love one of those

  • Guest

    I got myself the 49-key version of the SL mkII. I very much like the action of the keyboard but I have problems getting used to the drum pads; they’re soft and a bit small, but most importantly you don’t get any tactile feedback on them. I really dislike using using.

    The thing is built well and works as it should, but the keyboard version is quite a bit bigger than I realized. In my case the Zero SL and a separate keyboard would probably have made more sense.

    It does feel a bit more like a toy than the Akai Pro products such as the APC20, but maybe that’s mostly the weight. It is not very light, but certainly not heavy.

    If you want to get one, try to get your hands on one in a shop or at a friend, see if the feel and size agrees with you.

  • Anonymous

    Good advice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drag0n7 Andrew Fuzzby Bierwiler

    This device is such a great piece of gear. I’ve had it for only a week and it’s fantastic.

  • Xihalijing

    Automap A variety of plug-in templates Where to download? 

  • Doctorvarney

    I’ve never been able to get this frustrating gadget to work.  I wouldn’t recommend it.

  • RupertBrown

    Whats your setup and where are you getting stuck?

  • Cazzy B

    I’m just getting into Dj mixing and music production. The equipment I’m looking at getting right now is a Traktor Kontrol S2 which is nice because it comes with the traktor music software as well and seems to be the best mid-range DJ system on the market. As far as production is concerned I’m looking at probably getting Ableton over Pro Tools, it’s a little cheaper and better for music production whereas Pro Tools is better for post production I’ve heard. I was originally looking at getting a Microkorg but then I came across the Launch Pad and that seems to be the best bet.

    I was comparing the Novation Launch Pad against the Akai APC40 and I like the Midi pad on the Launch Pad more because it is 8×8 whereas the Akai is only 8×5 and the launch pad also has more customizability + is bus powered and just seems like a better system if I’m using it in conjunction with other systems. So the one thing I didn’t like about it is that it doesn’t have any knobs or faders and the volume system on it seems a little inefficient so I was looking into another control pad to give me knobs and faders to supplement a launch pad. I don’t need a key pad, just knobs and faders so this system would work well, however I also came across the Korg Nanokontrol ll which seems to offer what I’m looking for at a much more affordable price than the Novation Zero SL ll (around $60 US). Given my setup are there any features that the Novation Zero offers over the Korg Nanokontrol that would make it worth buying instead? I don’t really care for having the drum pads for instance since that can all be done on a launch pad. Thanks

  • RupertBrown

    Led labels so you know what parameter is assigned to any knob at any time. Encoders with led rigs instead of straight pots (potentiometers). Automap can be handy in some cases. As for being worth it thats something you have to decide based on how much you want the extra features and how much money you have etc.

  • Jaco

    Is the faders motorised?

  • RupertBrown

    No sir.