novation controllers are pretty good in use, but automap 4???? possibly the worst piece of software every written. most problematic ive ever seen and yet its pretty essential to get the most from those controllers.
i know of dozens of people who regret trying to even get automap to work.
Same experience here. I bought the 61 SL MKii in Summer and gave it back after two weeks trying to get that stupid automap to work.
Like Russell said, I feel it is truly one of the worst pieces of software I encountered. The intentions were good, but the realization.... the presets for starters, are absolutely useless. I exspected to find presets for popular synths and plugins, but nothing except a huge amount of I dont know, I think it was UAD plugins, mostly effects, which are much faster to assign via Control Link in my DAW (Presonus Studio One 2) anyway.
I gave it severeal attempts to program automaps myself until I finally gave up. It's either not working, or much too complicated compared to the control link function of Studio one. Forums are pretty much empty and it feels that lots of users had a similar experience like me and just gave up.
So I totally switched off automap and used it with Control Link only and for that it proved much too confusing, because it has too many similar controllers, and to assign and name them all by hand, well, sorry, no!
I really wanted it to work with especially the Reaktor synths like Microprism, Photone, Spark etc, but I couldnt get automap to work for that, and it proved that the control link somehow couldnt remember which Reaktor instrument was loaded. (This may not be the fault of the SL MKii, but also NI / Studio One communication thing, but since the SL Mkii is focused on automap it was way too complicated to get it to work) And like I said, I exspected to find lots of useful help and information from thousands of happy users in the forums... but no Nada.
So I gave it back and I if I'd try another controller, I'd probably try out the M-audio Matt (alumo) bought a while ago. He seems pretty happy with it, so maybe he could give a short statement here.
What I really liked about the SL MKii is definitely its keyboard. It has a really nice feel and touch and was fun to play, for my taste by far the best keys of all the controllers I tested. (Roland, Alesis, Akai, Cakewalk, Behringer.... I think the only ones I didnt have a chance to test were the M-Audio).