Novation Remote SL Compact 49, Korg Kontrol49 or Akai MPK49

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I’m looking for some insightful comments on these 3 MIDI controllers.

The Remote SL series have Automap Universal. Seems like a big plus, but does it really work as advertised?

Korg’s Kontrol49 looks pretty sharp and has the sliders which the SL Compact doesn’t have. The Akai MPK49 looks great as well, but my local shop can’t seem to get a hold of one of these and Akai’s email support left me in the dark too.

Please share your experiences. Why do you like yours, or why wouldn’t you buy it again?

Update: I went for the Novation Remote SL 37, good stuff!

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audioworld
audioworld
my local shop has all three next to each other: if you need good keys and pads, go for the AKAI, the response of the keys is the best of the three (in my opinion). the automap on the Novation works ok MOST of the time (when used with Ableton Live), but I found myself still looking around between Novation and the PC screen while playing on stage way too often, so I build custom midi controllers for my most often used plugins, just to be sure that every button/rotary does exactely what i think it does… I still need… Read more »
Looza
Looza

I do not own any of those but I have to say that I fell in love with the Remote-Series the first time I saw them. Too pricey for me though, I stick with my old m-audio radium for the time being.

grymmjack
grymmjack
novation remote sl all the way. have a sl61 here. totally rocks. intuitive software setup, intuitive design, excellent quality, dead easy to work with and very flexible. the best part is the key action is wonderful and the aftertouch feel is probably the best i’ve used. before this i had a fatar 88 key, then a oxygen8, then a rolandxp-60. of all the controllers the remote sl is the best bar none. even better than my old xp-60 keyboard was. novation also provides automap, and great templates already built for the latest vsts out. a new version of automap is… Read more »
Document02
Document02

Got a Remote SL zero, and the LED display broke afte 3 months. took the after sales 3 months to send me a new one. From forums, that is apparently a pretty common issue with the SL.
Other issues include paint tearing off and knobs acceleration too sensitive for unlimited knobs.

Additionally there seems to be issues with live 7 and automap.

If I were to buy another one, I’d go for Korg…

Steve
Steve

Just picked up a compact SL 49 today, loving it so far. I prefer the action to the MPK49, and the Korg just feels and looks cheap IMO.

I do wish it had a few sliders like the regular SL series but the knob setup is pretty intuitive, and the compact format is nice for travelling.

Al
Al

I picked up the MPK49 a week ago and i love it. I did have to wait a week from a local guitar center, they had to ship it from another location. Well worth the wait!!

grymmjack
grymmjack

cool on the SL purchase ronnie. the new software that’s coming out will make the LED screens a thing of the past – did you see the NAMM video? check it out on youtube the software is an overlay which shows what the mapping and such is. i’m excited about it for the same reason – the angle at which i sit and the way i have my SL set up i cannot really see the LED’s anyway.

will
will

does the novation have the arpegiattor fonction…? If not, is it possible to play an acoustic instrument like a flute or a harp with an arpegiattor in the music softwares? (i am novice thanks)

BRIAN G
BRIAN G
I picked up an Akai mpk49 Fri sept 19, 2008 with plans on using it to control Ableton live as a full DAW controller I will set up a Live set ( like a protools session) 8 tracks (8 akai faders set to control the track faders. 8 akai backlit buttons will be set to rec arm/disarm each track the akai transport controls will control rec/play/stop fst fwd/ rwd. the 8 akai knobs will be set to control track panning Whether making beats, tracking vocals or mixing a song my mouse will hopefully stay untouched mostly (my goal) by switching… Read more »
Eki
Eki

i have akai mpk 49.
i work it in logic pro and ableton live
very simple and rapid
great akai product

kell
kell
i’ve used the remote sl compact 25 extensively, and very much liked it. it may not have sliders, but you get led displays above each knob that update immediately when their relevant settings are changed (by mouse or automation, for instance). i never had issue reading the displays…it worked great out of the box with logic. however, being the gear junkie that i am…i couldn’t help but pick up an mpk 49 on sale last week. my initial impressions: the keys are a lot “stiffer” than the sl, and you cannot modify the keyboard’s velocity settings (?!?). that’s just bizarre… Read more »
indigocat
indigocat

I wuv my widdle SL compact. I don’t use Automap either (nb Novation has just released Automap 3). It seems to work fine in FL studio, I just found in the FL Bible that there is a wrapper especially for Novations, must look at that.

ctrlshft
ctrlshft

I’ve used the Novation SL25 Compact, and recently purchased a MPK25.

Gotta say, Akai’s MPK25 has an amazing key action, best I’ve seriously ever used, and Novation sources with Fatar, so that’s really saying something. It’s interface is great too, seemlessly fits into cubase/reason/virus etc very well.

P
P

What about the M-Audio AXIOM Pro-49 ? Is it comparable with the Novation Remote sl, the KorgKontrol or the Akai mpk 49?

synthT
synthT
ReMote SL 37s for $279 at nova musik, just got mine , love it. 37 keys is perfect for me, way more solid feeling than any korg or edirol(garbage) controller Ive used. But I dont know if Id recommend installing automap, for Ableton 8 anyway. It just seems to confuse Ableton. From what Ive learned you can either use the SL to control Abletons mixer OR Ableton devices NOT both at the same time. In order to say play a vst synth with full control vs. Controlling mixer in Ableton, You must switch between two different automap templates. I dont… Read more »
Emil
Emil
Having owned Novation Remote SL Compact 49 for couple of years it still works very well and mine was a floor model. I like the response on the keys and that every single control is infinite, well all the knobs are, and buttons don’t get depressed. I’m not that advanced, but I really do not understand how you can sell a controller with fixed knobs or faders. What happens when you open up a project you worked on yesterday that you want to tweak? So this one is nice well built reliable controller that does the job for me. I… Read more »
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