Novation announces Nocturn Keyboard

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Novation has announced the Nocturn Keyboard, a new controller keyboard based on the control surface of the hugely popular Nocturn.

With the addition of 25 and 49 note keyboards, Nocturn’s spacious controller layout has been adapted to a full control solution for DAW users, extending Novation’s range of high-end controller keyboards to new levels of affordability.

Novation Keyboard (49 key edition)

From the press release:

Instead of using a tiny monochrome LCD screen, Nocturn Keyboard displays control information where you really need it: on your computer monitor. The Automap software graphically displays Nocturn Keyboard’s entire control surface, enabling you to assign parameters by simply clicking on them. The controllers themselves also tell you what’s happening: LED rings around the eight encoders show their current settings, while LEDs behind the 25 buttons show if they are on or off.

Nocturn Keyboard has been designed as a musical instrument as well as a control surface. The high-quality Fatar ‘Fast Touch’ keyboard mechanism, with velocity-sensitivity and aftertouch, allows for more expressive playing styles, suiting both stage and studio performance.

There are separate pitch bend and modulation wheels, as well as eight velocity sensitive drum pads for sketching drum patterns and triggering samples.

Novation’s Automap control software is now even more powerful and easy to use. It acts as a software interface for the control surface, visually showing you what software parameter is assigned to each control, exactly as it is laid out on the unit. You can also name each control, turning the GUI into a giant screen where all information is instantly displayed and updated. Automap’s ‘learn’ function enables you to map parameters in your software plug-ins, straight to dials and buttons on the controller by simply clicking on a parameter, then touching the controller. There is no longer any need to sift through long lists of MIDI CC numbers. Automap also now has integrated HUI control, allowing instant hardware mixer control for all HUI compatible DAW’s, such as Logic and Pro Tools.

The 25-key Nocturn Keyboard will be available to purchase late in September 2009, followed by the 49-key one in October.

More information: Novation

  • http://torley.com Torley

    This is confusing product-line wise. Presumably this a lower-priced counterpart to the ReMOTE range, not unlike what M-Audio have done with the Axiom and Axiom Pro?

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    I think you’re right Torley. Looks like this is for people who like a more traditional keyboard with pitchbend/modwheel. I have to admit that I don’t use all those knobs and sliders on my Remote SL that much either.

  • http://torley.com Torley

    Ronnie, I’ve a Nocturn and it’s mostly nice but I don’t use the AutoMap as much as it’s designed.

    I do have a ReMOTE 49 SL MkII enroute via the mail. It should be here tomorrow. My main reasons for buying it:

    (1) More portable than my 88-key M-Audio one.
    (2) Keys have aftertouch! (Nice the Nocturn does; I wonder if it feels the same.)
    (3) Pitch wheel combined with mod wheel in joystick (not found in the Nocturn keyboard).
    (4) XY pad (love controlling 2 params at once, again, not found here).

    Other controls and bits are bonus. I’m passionate about alternate, expressive controllers and DO wish it had a D-Beam (sigh, Roland property) and breath control port (as some of the reportedly-buggy CME line do), but on the whole, I look forward to putting it through its paces.

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