Unbelievably, Novation have closed their forum. They say:

“As the Novation community has developed over the years, it has naturally found the bulk of it’s voice on Social Media. To ensure we can be there to discuss and support you as best we can, we’ve decided to close the forum.”

WTF? Forums are by far the most useful source of information and easiest way to get help on specific products. Novation hardware is awesome and almost unrivalled. yet the lack of a forum is inexcusable and their approach to editor software is abysmal – no launchcontrol updates in over 3 years, as far as I can tell. There are so many ways it could be improved, here are a few I sent them…

As a guitarist, holding down two keys requires serious contortion. you could make the user/factory buttons latching until a template is selected, so you can change templates with one hand / two presses.

since most people will adapt user templates, why not have a “long press” (or press both pads) option to quickly select a template?

add more clip options as with the smaller LC so there is a template that allows left/right up/down movement and a pad to trigger the selected sample

allow the user to “swap” template with other function keys to their taste

allow factory templates to be copied into a user template so (for example) the pan control can be easily assigned to a user template
offer incremental bulk filling of selected controls in user mode, so (for example, a series of consecutive CC or midi note values could be quickly created
preset all pads with CC instead of note – I doubt most people will play tunes with it
that said, you could offer preset musical scales across the pads?
offer LED brightness (or flashing?) to indicate which template you are currently using – I use 4 templates and forget which is currently active
allow editing of factory templates with a “restore to default” option – otherwise factory templates 7-8 are of little use
allow colour select by clicking on the graphical LED for a drop down list
offer colour options for ALL pads
set default “save to” folder
allow naming of templates
bug – “It looks like you’re using Windows 8” appears every time, the “don’t show again” box doesn’t seem to function?

5 Responses

  1. Thanks for this article! It’s the year 2020 and I got my first Novation product – the SL MK3. While it’s expensive, I don’t know anything else out there that is the powerful (potentially).

    But with that power comes many questions. Like you, I couldn’t believe Novation didn’t have a forum!!!

    This is crazy to me….

    Could anyone recommend where the best place is to got for an unofficial Novation forum? (I’m most interested in the SL MK3 & the Components App, if this matters)
    I’ve checked out Gear Slutz, Reddit, Muff Wiggler, Elektronauts, KVR….but it all seems scattered….

    Does anyone know if there has become a “Go To” forum for Novation users?

    Also, I’m not on FaceBook….so I’m hoping it’s not there.


  2. Just got myself a 61 SL Mk3 and while I love it, I can’t believe they don’t have a user forum!

    just wanted to ask a community if something’s possible without be trolled, whipped and abused (facebook) and there’s no bloody forum!

    Would anyone be interested if I set on up?

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