Arturia has announced its KeyLab series of MIDI keyboard controllers with the new accompanying Analog Lab synthesizer software are now shipping. The KeyLab controllers come in three sizes: there are 25-, 49, and 61-key models from which to choose.
The smallest, most lightweight model, KeyLab 25, features 25 (duh) full-size keys with velocity sensitivity. In addition, the panel inlcudes: two clickable encoders,12 encoders, nine sliders, pitch bend and modulation wheels, six backlit transport controls, 15 back-lit buttons, octave up/down buttons, and a 32-digit LED screen to aid software navigation.
The larger KeyLab 49 and KeyLab 61 MIDI keyboard controllers maximize performance with both aftertouch and velocity sensitivity,along with a more extensive set of physical controls including an additional 16 back-lit pressure-sensitive pads.
All three keyboard controllers are bundled with an all-new version of Arturia’s Analog Lab synthesizer software solution. Analog Lab adapts its interface to match whichever KeyLab controller is connected. Important parameters are pre-mapped to the MIDI keyboard controllers themselves, giving users control over the library of 5,000 presets.
These Analog Lab 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.
Multi mode allows several sounds to be played simultaneously with the addition of effects, layer/split functions, with 200 Multi patches organized by musical genre. Live mode allows the user to drag and drop sounds and multis to create a selection of presets for use with whichever KeyLab controller is connected.
Pricing and Availability. The Arturia KeyLab 25 keyboard MIDI controller is available for a suggested retail price of 219.00 EUR/ $299.00 USD. The KeyLab 49 retails for 329.00 EUR/ $399.00 USD, and the KeyLab 61 has an MSRP of 429.00 EUR/ $499.00 USD. The entire KeyLab series are available for purchase via Arturia’s online store, or at any authorized Arturia dealer.