Automap 3 is the latest incarnation of Novation’s intelligent software system. Automap is unique to Novation’s MIDI controllers, and has now been enhanced with a wealth of eagerly anticipated features. Until now Automap had focused on plug-in control, but exciting developments bring a new level of DAW control.
Automap 3 is available in two forms, Automap 3 Standard and Automap 3 PRO. Automap 3 Standard will be a free download and Automap 3 PRO (which has extra features listed below) will soon be available to download for £19.99. To view the main differences click here.
Automap 3 PRO supports multiple hardware devices. This enables any of Novation’s intuitive hardware controllers to be stacked within the Automap server (software). Mutiple Novation controllers can then work side by side to access separate parameters on different plug-ins. This benefits both performing musicians and studio-producers, all of whom need immediate access to multiple plug-ins at the touch of a button.
One of the most exciting new features is ‘Keystroke Assignment’. This enables Automap 3 PRO to assign almost any computer keyboard shortcut to hardware controls, giving you incredible access to navigation and other features from your SL or Nocturn controller! For example you can assign arrow key commands to buttons, enabling you to flick between tracks without moving away from your controller. It is also possible to assign key combinations to single controllers such as command+T.
You can now assign parameters in the Automap Server (software) to the XY pad, expression pedal, control pedal and drum pads. This means that Automap’s ultra-quick ‘learn’ facility can now be used on all of the above, making assigning filter cutoff and resonance to the XY pad (for example) quick and easy. (Pedal/pad control not supported by SL Compact)
Another key new feature in PRO is the ability to drag and drop parameters between controls, making re-assignment incredibly simple. Equally exciting is ‘Autoview’, which when activated, automatically displays Automap 3 PRO on-screen as soon as a hardware control is touched, and then hides the GUI after release. See exactly what’s happening at all times without cluttering the screen with unnecessary windows.