19th November 2013
Arturia has announced that its KeyLab Keyboard Controllers are now shipping.
As implied by name, KeyLab 25 features 25 keys with velocity sensitivity for performance flexibility. As such, it's the smallest, most lightweight, and simplest member of this trio of professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers, ideally suited to travelling musicians, mobile music producers, and performance-orientated DJs alike.
Complimenting that full-size keyboard is a feature-packed panel bristling with controls, including two clickable encoders; 12 encoders; nine sliders; pitch bend and modulation wheels; six backlit transport controls; 15 backlit buttons; octave up/down buttons; and an informative 32-digit LED screen to enrich the performance experience and aid speedy software navigation.
Its rugged aluminium construction with eye-catching wooden end cheeks combine to heighten its status as a highly capable controller compatible with any third-party software and hardware, helped by the bundled MIDI Control Center software. Rear panel-mounted MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, Expression Pedal, Sustain Pedal, Aux foot switch, Breath control, and USB connections complete communication with the outside musical world.
The larger KeyLab 49 and KeyLab 61 MIDI keyboard controllers maximise performance and expression further still, thanks to their respective 49- and 61-note full-size keyboards boasting both aftertouch and velocity sensitivity, and are designed to easily integrate into any studio or stage setup. The KeyLab 49 and KeyLab 61 feature an even more extensive set of physical controls with an additional 16 backlit pressure-sensitive pads — perfect for beat-making purposes or triggering chords.
There's more to KeyLab 25, KeyLab 49, and KeyLab 61 than the physical keyboard controllers themselves. All come complete with an all new version of Arturia's Analog Lab synthesizer software solution. Analog Lab cleverly changes its interface to automatically match whichever KeyLab controller is connected so you don't have to. With all-important parameters pre-mapped to the MIDI keyboard controllers themselves, users have hands-on, instant control over the library of 5,000 presets by internationally-renowned sound designers. These presets are taken from all eight of Arturia's TAE (True Analog Emulation) synthesis-powered Mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP2600 V, Jupiter-8V, Prophet 5, Prophet VS, and Oberheim SEM V soft synths, as well as the Wurlitzer V software recreation of the classic Wurlitzer 200A electric piano, providing the immediacy of a hardware synthesizer with the flexibility of a software-based solution.
Several onscreen navigational modes make life aboard Analog Lab easier than ever. Eye-candy comes courtesy of Graphic Studio mode with realistic renderings of all those classic synthesizers and keyboards. Sound mode allows you to speedily find the sound you want with data filtering to narrow searches and an updated browser to rate them to your liking and arrange things as you like it. Multi mode allows several sounds to be played simultaneously with the addition of effects, layer/split functions, and with 200 Multi patches conveniently organized by musical genre. Owners of any of Arturia's above-mentioned Analog Classics can, of course, delve as deep as they like and are free to fully edit sounds without having to leave the user-friendly Analog Lab environment. Lastly, Live mode lets you drag and drop sounds and multis to create a selection of presets for recall from whichever KeyLab controller is connected.
- KeyLab 25: $299 / €219.
- KeyLab 49: $399 / €329.
- KeyLab 61: $499 / €429.