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Novation updates Automap to v3.3

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Novation Automap

Novation has released version 3.3. of Automap, a digital audio workstation control application for PC and Mac.

Changes in Automap v3.3

  • New Features:
    • Logic 9.01 improvement.
    • Revised RTAS wrapper to allow plug-in updates.
    • Nocturn Keyboard enhancements.
    • Updated DAW set-up guides improvements.
  • Fixes:
    • Fixed issue with keyboard settings with SL MkII and Nocturn Keyboard.
    • Fixed display issue with dynamic port menu with SL MkII and Nocturn Keyboard.
    • Fixed issue with quitting Automap while using Logic 9.01.
    • Fixed issue with updating RTAS plug-ins with new wrapper system.
    • Fixed issue with dual mono RTAS plug-ins on Pro Tools HD.
    • Fixed problems with updating Automap template when memory protect is set to on.
    • Fixed issue with encoder 2 and mod wheel clash with Nocturn Keyboard.
    • Updated Novation Automap Control.remotemap for Reason/Record.
    • Added iPhone HUI mapping as default.
    • Added mappings for Pro Tools native plug-ins and Logic 9.01 native effects.

More information: Novation / Automap


Novation updates Automap Pro & Standard to v3.2

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Novation Automap (in Propellerhead Record)

Novation has released version 3.2 of Automap Pro & Standard, digital audio workstation control applications for PC and Mac.

The world’s best DAW-control software gains full compatibility with Propellerhead Reason and Record, and much more!

Both versions of the longest established, most powerful and best implemented DAW-control application, Automap from Novation, have been updated to bring full integration with Propellerhead’s brand new Record software. On top of this, the v3.2 revisions of Automap Pro and Automap Standard feature enhanced support for Reason, plus other workflow optimisations, for unrivalled MIDI control.

Automap Pro & Standard v3.2 features

  • Full support for Novation’s Automap product range with Propellerhead’s Reason & Record — For the first time, users of Propellerhead Reason and Record can have full Automap control of their software. Now, unlike before, parameter names and values are reported back to Novation hardware controllers, and the mapping of hardware controls changes when the user switches between, say, the mixer and a Combinator rack. Previously, mappings using Reason’s ‘Remote Override’ function were static. Now, individual Reason Rack and Mixer parameters can be learned to any hardware control, wherever the user desires.
  • Control-range editing — The range of the controls in Automap can now be edited. This means that instead of covering an arbitrary range of between 0 and 1, Automap knobs and sliders can be programmed to operate over a restricted range that doesn’t include the whole of the parameter’s available values. In practice, this can be applied to a soft synth’s filter cutoff parameter, where the user only wants to vary the frequency over a limited range, not its full span.
  • New Button & Control types — There’s a number of new, easy-to-use Button types: Normal, Momentary, Toggle and Step, which help the user quickly set up the way they want to command their software without having to manually configure complex button characteristics. There are also new features to invert a controller’s behavior, reversing the direction of control in a simple click.
  • Support for Automap for iPhone & iPod Touch — Automap v3.2 is the first to support the Automap for iPhone/iPod Touch App (available now from Apple’s Appstore), which gives users of the handheld devices complete control over their music software.
  • Enhanced Plug-in Manager — Automap’s plug-in manager is where users can select and deselect the plug-ins that they wish to control. In version 3.2, this has been streamlined to allow multiple plug-in selection and deselection, and there’s a search tool to help track down specific software instruments and audio effects.
  • Cursor-driven Navigation — Users can use the cursor keys on their computer keyboard to scroll through the settings in the Automap Edit window, making it quicker and easier to navigate than ever before.
  • Improved Factory Restore function — An embedded function for restoring the factory settings of Automap-compatible hardware is now included. Just in case users get really carried away with the finer parameter tweaks in Automap and want to return their controller to its box-fresh state!
  • Home Page Icon — There’s now a ‘Home’ button in the Edit window to return the user to the Startup view.
  • QWERTY Keyboard Control [Pro only] — Users can now send ASCII (QWERTY) keyboard shortcuts from their Automap-comptible Novation hardware, for ultimate control over their music software.

Automap Pro & Standard v3.2 are available to download from the Novation website. The Pro version costs £19.99 GBP / $29.99 USD / €25 EUR.

More information: Novation / Automap


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


Novation announces Automap for iPhone / iPod Touch

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Novation has announced Automap software for the iPhone / iPod Touch.

The power behind Novation’s award-winning SL MkII, SL Compact and Nocturn MIDI controllers is now available for your iPhone / iPod touch, providing an instant and intelligent, wireless, palm-sized MIDI controller. Now you can use iPhone / iPod touch to control all of your music making software.

Novation Automap for iPhone / iPod Touch

Whenever you want to control music software and the mouse is out of reach, Automap for iPhone / iPod touch delivers. And the possibilities are endless – remotely control transport functions; give your artist remote control of reverb levels; a hand-held cross-fader for laptop DJ’ing; controlling multi-effects whilst tracking guitar; switching drum kits whilst you’re sat at your V-drums…

Automap for iPhone / iPod Touch features

  • Combined with Automap 3, it provides two horizontal faders and eight buttons per page, displayed on a single iPhone / iPod touch screen. However, the number of pages – and thus the number of controls – is unlimited.
  • Automap lets you see at a glance how every control on your iPhone / iPod touch is assigned, both on the iPhone / iPod touch itself, and across your computer screen.
  • Control maps are automatically placed into categories depending on type (instrument, effects, mixer and so on) for quick and easy browsing and selection.
  • Editing maps and re-assigning controls in Automap is extremely quick and easy. Simply click a parameter in learn mode, then touch a control on your iPhone / iPod touch to assign it. Double-clicking ‘learn’ allows you to ‘Click-Touch-Assign’ in quick succession.
  • Additional features with Automap 3 PRO:
    • Assign almost any computer keyboard shortcut, and combinations thereof, to any of the controls on your iPhone / iPod touch.
    • Improved editing of maps, allowing you to simply drag parameters in the Automap Heads-up GUI from one control to another.
    • Use your iPhone / iPod touch alongside any other Automap compatible hardware controller – and it’s all perfectly integrated for seamless control.

Automap for iPhone / iPhone Touch will be available from the Apple app store mid July.

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Novation announces SL Mk II

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Novation has announced the SL Mk II, a new series of USB MIDI controllers.

The press release reads:

In order to maintain their position as the number one name in MIDI control, Novation have been hard at work putting the final touches to the next generation of their flagship controllers. The original ReMOTE SL built its reputation on high quality hardware and pioneering control software. The SL Mk II has some striking additions that set it apart from any other controller on the market, every feature is designed to make mapping and controlling software quick and effortless.

Novation SL Mk II

Like all Novation keyboard controllers, SL Mk II is a musical instrument, not just a computer peripheral. A semi-weighted Fatar ‘fast touch’ keyboard is combined with a full DAW and plug-in control surface that visually feeds back all control information to the user. All knobs and faders are touch sensitive. By simply touching a control, all mapping information automatically appears on the giant 144 character LCD display. Back lit LED buttons and LED ringed encoders instantly show the status of controls. SL Mk II also includes full transport control, an XY “Xpression Pad”, 8 drum pads, sprung pitch/mod joystick and a unique “Speed Dial” encoder, which enables the user to grab any parameter the cursor is positioned over. In addition to 25, 49 and 61 key versions, a keyboardless “Zero” will be available with longer-throw faders and a central crossfader.

Ultra-quick mapping of all 56 knobs, faders and buttons is managed by Novation’s groundbreaking Automap 3 PRO software, which provides instant and intelligent control of all your music software. As well as extensive DAW control, parameters on VST/AU/RTAS/TDM plug-ins can be assigned by simply touching the controller and clicking the parameter. Perhaps Automap 3 PRO’s biggest asset is “Keystroke Assignment”, this enables almost any QWERTY or ASCII keyboard shortcut (and combination shortcuts) to be instantly assigned to the SL Mk II controls – providing unprecedented DAW control. Automap 3.0 also introduces “Autoview”, where the ‘heads up GUI’ (showing the current status of all controls) can be programmed to automatically appear whenever a controller is touched, then disappear upon release.

The SL Mk II 25-key and 61-key models are shipping worldwide, April 2009. Zero SL MkII and the 49-key model will follow shortly after.

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