Novation Launches ReMOTE ZeRO SL Controller

Novation now offers the ReMOTE ZeRO SL, a dedicated Automap technology-based control surface for sequencers, plug-ins, and software synths. Also, the removal of keys brings with it a large reduction in cost, which makes the ZeRO SL the most affordable way to experience the benefits of Novation’s Automap technology.

In conjunction with Automap, the ZeRO SL offers many assignable controls, including 8 musically-responsive trigger pads. All of these are pre-programmed in 32 Manual Templates onboard the unit, so that the SL works with most popular software instruments, in both Automap or manual template mode. A stylish Template Editor software package is also included, allowing quick and easy construction or modification of Manual and Automap Templates, through the selection of named parameters, rather than looking up MIDI data. Sitting at an elevated angle, the ZeRO SL fits neatly behind a QWERTY keyboard for quick access and minimum space consumption.

Automap technology began with two of the major sequencing applications onboard, Cubase SX and Reason. With both, the ReMOTE SL took all the hard work out of MIDI controlling, simply requiring the software to be booted up for music making to begin; instantly, the SL’s controls map to active instruments and devices on screen. In Cubase, two buttons on the SL can be used to move up and down through the VST rack, with the Envelopes and Filters on each soft synth consistently assigned to the same areas on the keyboard’s knobs and sliders.

Since its release at the end of last year, Automap has already expanded to include three other major sequencing applications–Logic Pro 7, Ableton Live 5 and Nuendo 3–with many more platforms on the way. Logic Pro’s Automapping is already now in phase 2, having expanded to a dual-mode functionality that allows both Mixer and Instrument control. Cubase SX Automapping has also been updated to feature a similar dual operation, with the SL now working as an integrated control surface for the Mixer, which even displays individual track metering as the session plays.

Ableton Live 5 Automapping, devised by Ableton closely in conjunction with Novation, provides an effective implementation of Automap technology for Live 5, with the Mixer permanently mapped to the SL’s sliders, while the left side of the unit automatically maps to any device or instrument clicked on screen. Meanwhile, additional buttons on the SL can be used for navigating around the session grid, with the trigger pads free to assign to firing audio clips in each scene.

Further, Novation’s ReMOTE SL series has just added support for the HUI protocol to Version 2 of the OS and now features a Pro Tools Automap that utilizes the ReMOTE SL’s Automap technology to directly control faders, switches/buttons, software synths, and plug-ins. The ReMOTE SL is proud to be the first series of keyboards to automatically map to Digidesign’s Pro Tools software.

More information on the Novation ReMOTE ZeRO SL Controller.

Author: FutureMusic

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