Novation are synonymous with innovative USB MIDI controllers, mainly due to the success of the Automap Universal protocol, which integrates seamlessly with DAW software and allows users to quickly and intuitively access software parameters using their hardware controller.
The newest Novation controller equipped with Automap Universal is the Nocturn, pictured below.
It has eight touch-sensitive rotary encoders, a cross-fader and eight assignable buttons, plus a further eight buttons for controlling a DAW’s most common features. There’s also a handy ‘speed dial’ rotary encoder that controls whatever the mouse cursor is focused on. The Nocturn is due to ship in February, for around £70.
In other news, Novation have updated Automap Universal to version 2. New features include RTAS and TDM support, so compatible products can be used to control instruments and effects within Pro Tools, and there’s a new ‘heads-up transparent control GUI’, which pops up to help you view and map your parameters. When it’s released in February, it’ll be fully backward-compatible, and will be available to all existing Novation SL and SL Compact owners.