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Arturia KeyLab 61 Keyboard Controller  

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Keylab 61 is a 61-note MIDI keyboard with velocity and aftertouch-sensitive keys that is designed to easily integrate into any studio and stage environment. Packed with the Analog Lab, the 61-key cont... Read More

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Overview

Keylab 61 is a 61-note MIDI keyboard with velocity and aftertouch-sensitive keys that is designed to easily integrate into any studio and stage environment. Packed with the Analog Lab, the 61-key controller offers unparalleled hands-on experience over the 5000 TAE synthesizer presets.

This premium controller gives the fullest access to Arturia's Analog Lab software; its pre-assigned controls make it the perfect solution for plug and play sound creation. Once the software is connected to the keyboard, you can put your mouse away and experience the same workflow as on a traditional hardware synthesizer.

With Keylab 61, discover a new depth of access to the synth patches so you can really get in and customize the huge library of internationally designed presets. A new Multi mode allows several sounds to be played at the same time with the addition of effects, layer/split functions and a Chord mode. In addition, the keyboard (like all of the Keylab series) can be easily used in any other software context. Keylab also acts as a Universal Midi controller, compatible with any third party software and hardware.

Analog Lab Software

Analog Lab is an extremely powerful software synthesizer solution with over 5000 classic synthesizer sounds from Arturia's premier vintage analog recreations at your fingertips. It offers the ability to do fast and simple editing and customizing of your presets but it doesn't stop there; owners of the original individual synthesizer software products or the V Collection can open an Analog Lab sound and edit it in the original software, save it and then add it to their library.

Graphic Studio mode
Graphic Studio mode allows you to view the synthesizers and keyboards whose sounds make up the library in Analog Lab.

Sound Mode
When you need to find your sounds fast, choose the Sound Mode and you will have multiple options for choosing and selecting your sounds. The data filtering allows you to narrow your search and helps you find that special Bass or Pad sound you need. The updated browser allows you to rate the sounds to your own liking, choose favorites, arrange your columns and sort by name, type, sound designer, favorite, ratings, etc.

Multi Mode
Imagine being able to layer the rich pads of a CS-80 and Jupiter 8 together or being able to create a split with your signature Mini V bass on the bottom and a twisted Wurlitzer on top. The new multi mode allows you to create your own layers and splits in a fast and easy way. Just drag and drop your chosen sounds. You can further sculpt your sound by processing each layer with a plethora of effects. There are 15 high quality and unique effects that will allow you to create a wild variations on the existing sounds.

Live Mode
Drag and drop Sounds or Multis to create a selection of presets to be recalled quickly from your Arturia controller

Pads
The PADS tab on the lower hardware section of the screen will open when you click on it to reveal the number of pads that your Arturia controller has. You can then program these pads to play individual notes or chords. These can be set to send notes or chords from a list of standard chords and voicing's.

SNAPSHOTS
The Snapshot tab will allow you to access your favorite sounds immediately. Simple drag and drop your favorite MULTI or SOUND program onto the snapshot button and then you can recall that sound with a simple press.

Software Integration
Analog Lab is a virtual instrument, which means that sounds are processed within the computer. It can be used as a stand-alone application or as a plug-in within main sequencer programs including Steinberg Cubase, Digidesign Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Apple Logic Audio, MOTU Digital Performer, and Cakewalk Sonar.

Hardware integration
The user customizable MIDI mapping allows you to control the parameters you want to control with your favorite keyboard. Better than that, use an Arturia Keyboard controller and the interface will automatically change to show the knob and slider layouts so that you get a slick 1:1 user interface.


Compatibility Notice: OS X 10.11 El Capitan (release date 9/30/15)
As with all major operating system updates, it is vital to check the compatibility of your hardware and software before upgrading your system. For new computer owners, it' highly advised to check with manufacturers on when they expect their products to be fully compatible with the latest operating system.

Features
  • Includes Analog Lab with 5000 synth sounds
  • All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths
  • Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads¦), by Characteristics (long, bright, dark ¦)
  • In-depth Preset Editing available for the owners of the Arturia Classic Synthesizers (Mini V, CS-80 V, etc.)
  • Edit your sounds on the original instruments within Analog Lab
  • More than 200 Multi patches organized by musical genres, each made of two different synth patches with effects, layers and splits
Specifications
  • Keyboard : 61 semi weighted keys with velocity and aftertouch
    Controllers : 2 clickable encoders, 11 encoders, 9 sliders, 13 switches, 6 transport switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel, 16 touch and pressure-sensitive pads
    Connectors : MIDI in & out, USB, Sustain pedal, Expression pedal, Aux footswitch, Breath controller inputs
    Ultra thin 61 keys with full action effect and velocity sensitivity
    High quality aluminum and wooden construction
    32 digits LCD screen
    Functions as an universal MIDI controller
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ArturiaKeyLab 61 Keyboard Controller
 
3.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid, well designed controller and software

By Scott

from Motown

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Analog Lab
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Pro Level Quality
  • Solid build

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Vst Control

    Comments about Arturia KeyLab 61 Keyboard Controller:

    Yep, there are a lot of controllers on the market from which to choose.
    For me, KeyLab represents the best combination of performance and value on the market.

    What sold me on the Keylab was:

    * Solid build
    * Responsive keybed
    * Logical, flexible controls
    * Integration with the software Arturia includes and the quality of that software

    In contrast to the myriad 'plasticky' controllers, the KeyLab has a metal frame that inspires confidence. Yes, it makes it heavier than others (the ones that people often describe as "toys"), but I use it on a table or a stand, not as a remote axe so I appreciate its stability.

    Keybeds are subject to opinion; what I like, you may hate and vice-versa. My training is in classical piano and I've yet to play a e-board that has the feel of a Steinway or Yamaha. So, adapt. To me, the KeyLab responds well to light and strong touch with decent feedback. I tried far more expensive boards that did not suit me as well though the KL88 was tempting. YMMV.

    Sound controls are logically laid out and tightly integrated with Arturia software programs. Fine adjustments are easy to make and the pads are quite responsive.

    Of course Arturia built its reputation on software so that may be the strongest point of this kit. Analog Lab is a monster, packed with a fascinating array of tweakable sounds from classic synths. Initially I found myself overwhelmed but as I methodically work my way through the library and rate each one, all kinds of ideas for composition are popping up. It's actually a lot of fun to explore.

    My wish list is very short: CV/Gate outputs would be a cool addition but their lack certainly does not distract from all the plusses.

    Arturia support has been very good, responding quickly to a few questions I raised.

    Highly recommended!

     
    5.0

    Solid, well designed controller and software

    By Scott

    from Motown

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Responsive Keys
    • Software Integration
    • Very Solid Build Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Composition
      • Having Fun
      • Practicing
      • Studio Work

      Comments about Arturia KeyLab 61 Keyboard Controller:

      Yep, there are a lot of controllers on the market from which to choose.
      For me, KeyLab represents the best combination of performance and value on the market.

      What sold me on the Keylab was:

      * Solid build
      * Responsive keybed
      * Logical, flexible controls
      * Integration with the software Arturia includes and the quality of that software

      In contrast to the myriad 'plasticky' controllers, the KeyLab has a metal frame that inspires confidence. Yes, it makes it heavier than others (the ones that people often describe as "toys"), but I use it on a table or a stand, not as a remote axe so I appreciate its stability

      Keybeds are subject to opinion; what I like, you may hate and vice-versa. My training is in classical piano and I've yet to play a e-board that has the feel of a Steinway or Yamaha. So, adapt. To me, the KeyLab responds well to light and strong touch with decent feedback. I tried far more expensive boards that did not suit me as well though the KL88 was tempting. YMMV.

      Sound controls are logically laid out and tightly integrated with Arturia software programs. Fine adjustments are easy to make and the pads are quite responsive.

      Of course Arturia built its reputation on software so that may be the strongest point of this kit. Analog Lab is a monster, packed with a fascinating array of tweakable sounds from classic synths. Initially I found myself overwhelmed but as I methodically work my way through the library and rate each one, all kinds of ideas for composition are popping up. It's actually a lot of fun to explore.

      My wish list is very short: CV/Gate outputs would be a cool addition but their lack certainly does not distract from all the plusses.

      Arturia support has been very good, responding quickly to a few questions I raised.

      Highly recommended!

      (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      buy actual lemons instead

      By Brody

      from Redway, Ca

      Site Member

      Comments about Arturia KeyLab 61 Keyboard Controller:

      I bought a brand new one from the guitar center and when I installed the Analog Lab software and tried to check it's sounds out, I only had 6 working keys on the entire 61 key keyboard. It didn't' work right out of the box. I called the guitar center and spoke to a tech who had me run some tests to see if midi was sending in midi control center part of the software, but he said it sounded like a defective keyboard. Friends of mine who have had dozens of controllers said that the problem was rare with other controllers that had owned. I think Arturia looks good and has the concept--but they haven't learned how to keep up with the defects. I will return this keyboard and get a novation most likely. Next time I will read the reviews more carefully before purchasing. I hope I have saved some poor soul out there from being excited only to find something new out of the box can turn into a lemon before their very eyes. I would rather buy an actual lemon because then I could at least do sometime with it like add to a corona or something. This poor thing didn't have a chance.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Keylab 61

      By Raziel

      from Whitehall, Michigan

      Comments about Arturia KeyLab 61 Keyboard Controller:

      I purchased and received my Keylab 61 almost 2 full weeks ago and I've been really loving it ever since. It's as decent as you'd expect it to be; It's actually kind of heavier The way it's packaged is kind of awkward though (I'm not sure if what I'm about to describe is common practice). So the way the keyboard comes, the manufacturer actually sticks this really sticky tape on all the keys and taking that tape off is horribly frightening for you're shocked to think if you pull too hard you could rig a key loose. Also, one of the faders, or sliders, on mine came broken off. I simply just stuck it back on the metal peg they are all attached to and it works just fine. I didn't bother to complain about it because I figure everything isn't perfect. Lastly, before buying it I heard a lot about the keys feeling too wobbly, or thin, as if they'd break off if you played too hard. I'm not sure what they were referring to but the 61 at least feels fine. In conclusion, it's great. It does what you expect it to do, and it's really awesome with midimapping. I thought about mapping the volume faders for tracks in Logic to the faders on the keyboard and I could use that as a mixer. So I'll try that soon.

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