Novation has released a free update for their flagship SL MkIII line of controller keyboards, introducing new features for composition and performance.
The firmware update, v1.4, adds expanded arpeggiators, new sequencer capabilities, deeper swing control, step probability, transposition options and more.
Here’s what’s new in Novation SL MkIII v1.4:
- Per-part arpeggiator – Each of the eight parts now have individual, independent arpeggiators, for building complex polyrhythmic patterns.
- Arpeggiator probability – The new arpeggiator probability feature brings an element of randomness to each arpeggiator, turning SL MkIII into a generative and constantly evolving instrument.
- Step probability – The probability of a programmed step can be altered, bringing creative irregularity and extending the musical palette of the SL MkIII.
- Sequencer transpose (with pads) – The SL MkIII’s pads can now be used to make sequencer transposition a powerful performance tool.
- Pattern octave transpose – Allows patterns to be transposed across the octave range, to find the perfect pitch and experiment with ideas.
- Toggle swing per-part – With swing on or off per part, it’s possible to build contrasting layers of groove for more complex rhythmic results.
- Pattern shift – Now it’s possible to quickly offset the start and end points of a pattern together to explore variations and manage sequences.
- Pitch bend to CV – The pitch-bend wheel can now be mapped to the CV output, opening up more expression possibilities for modular synth users and other external hardware control applications.
Details are available at the Novation site.