Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII 88-Note Professional Keyboard Controller

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KeyLab MkII is a class-compliant MIDI controller keyboard, capable of harnessing the power of practically any software instrument and DAW. It has been designed to enhance your workflow so you can spend less time using computer peripherals and focus on creating music. KeyLab mkII integrates seamlessly with Arturia's Analog Lab 4 software, placing over 6,000 presets from 21 instruments at your fingertips.

KeyLab 88 MkII is a piano-feel master controller featuring an 88-note hammer action keybed with velocity and pressure sensitivity. It is built to last, features effortless integration, and comes complete with a professional software instrument collection. Now you can play any instrument, control any synth, perform with any modular rig, all with the timeless feeling of a piano at your fingertips. The most expressive controller ever made, it also features multiple, assignable expression pedal inputs so you can have total control of your sound.

Amazing software bundle
Whether you're an experienced veteren of the industry, or just starting out as a music producer, you'll love the awesome instruments that come with KeyLab MkII 88: Analog Lab, Ableton Live Lite, Piano V, Wurli V and Vox Continental V

Awesome integration
With smart-mapping controls, clear labels, and even unique magnetic strips for each DAW, KeyLab 88 MkII takes the guesswork out of playing, recording, and mixing. The rotary knobs, faders, and buttons are all automatically assigned to the most appropriate parameters in any Arturia software instrument, but it doesn't stop there! KeyLab 88 MkII features CV/gate connectivity so you can also control your modular rig and vintage synths. It features MIDI ports, as well as MIDI over USB. It can even draw all its power via the same USB connection!

Main features of the KeyLab mkII:

• Use with any MIDI software, plug-in, or device
• Integrate with modular synthesizers via CV input and 4 output connectors (CV, Gate, Mod 1, Mod 2)
• Track / transport control of the most popular DAWs
• Fast sorting of Analog Lab 4 presets helps you find the perfect sound quickly
• 88-note hammer action keybed with velocity and pressure sensitivity (channel aftertouch)
• Pitch bend / modulation wheels
• Three banks of 9 MIDI-assignable knobs, faders, and RGB buttons, preconfigured to work with Analog Lab 4 instruments
• 16 backlit RGB pads with velocity- and pressure-sensitivity (polyphonic aftertouch)
• Chord mode features with dozens of preset chords (user-configurable)
• Works with the MIDI Control Center software to edit control assignments and global settings
• 32-character LCD screen
• Connectors: MIDI In / Out, USB, sustain pedal, expression pedal, Aux pedal (x3), CV input, Pitch out (CV), Gate out, Mod 1 Out, Mod 2 out

Specifications

Software Specifications:
• Includes Analog Lab software with 7000 synth and keyboard sounds
• Includes Ableton Live Lite, Piano V, Wurli V, and Vox Continental V

Hardware Specifications:
• 88 note Fatar TP/100LR keybed
• High quality, aftertouch, velocity sensitive, hammer-action, piano feel keyboard
• 16 RGB-backlit performance pads
• Control bank with 9 faders and 9 rotary knobs
• Control modular equipment with 4 CV/Gate outputs, controlling pitch, gate, and modulation
• Seamless integration with all Arturia software instruments
• Presets for multiple DAWs, with magnetic overlays for controls
• Huge connectivity, including expression, sustain, CV/Gate, MIDI, USB and 3 assignable auxiliary pedal inputs

Perfect Analog Lab integration:
• Select sounds, browse presets, switch parts, smart-assigned controls
• Standalone or plug-in operation: VST, VST3, AU, AAX
• Over 7000 TAE® powered preset sounds from Arturia's award-winning V Collection

Size and Weight:
• Dimensions: 50.9 x 12.7 x 4.4 inches (1293 x 322 x 112mm)
• Weight : 32.4 lbs. (14.7 Kg)
*Feet not included, soon available

BOX CONTENTS
- KeyLab 88 MkII unit
- USB cable
- Laptop plate
- Musical sheet holder

PLATFORM SPECIFICATIONS

Windows: Win 7+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
1GB free hard disk space
OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Apple: 10.11+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
1GB free hard disk space
OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

REQUIRED CONFIGURATION
Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

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I'd done the research and knew I'd have to wait for it to arrive with the first batch to arrive in Canada. And it was well worth the wait! The AKMKii88 has outstanding action, the same as Fatar supplied for my previous SL88 Studio and other higher end hammer-action keyboards (Kurz, Nord, Korg, Dexibel, etc), however, it feels like they've custom-adjusted it and it is not as bouncy or mushy as the original Keylab 88 or the SL88. Knobs, wheels & sliders have an assertive, positive feel. Custom colours on the lights, if you like. The case is high quality aluminum & plastic, rubberized controls. Everything is tight like you expect a European-engineered product to feel. I didn't think I'd like the white finish, but... more on that later. Arturia's MIDI Editor grabs the GUI immediately on takeoff and makes it easy to set up user-presets. Arturia's Analog Lab modeled software is meh, except Piano V, which is comparable to Pianoteq. The only things I'm not crazy about are the suggested instruments they have imprinted under the sliders to match those in Analog Lab, because I'm using primarily MainStage and AUM. But... hey, the off-white colour of the controller case lends itself to masking tape ;) And they could have perhaps added a couple of buttons for dedicated fx (ie tremolo, chorus) when using an EP (labeled fx1/fx2). Hats off to great service from L&M Victoria. Thanks Nick & Dustin for really listening and giving solid advice based on my needs.
Posted by Rod on Jul 27, 2019
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Introducing KeyLab 88 MkII - Controller Supreme
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KeyLab MkII Tutorials : Ep. 3 - Integration with DAWS

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