We'll just say it: most keyboard controllers are made of plastic — and there's nothing wrong with that. Modern plastics are strong and lightweight. But there's a reason most airplane fuselages are made of aluminum: it's stronger while remaining lightweight. That's why Arturia uses it for the frame of their KeyLab MkII controllers. And in honor of the many vintage synth sounds you'll be playing with your new KeyLab MkII, Arturia gave it real wood side panels and the same gleaming aluminum wheels as the MiniBrute 2. You're going to look awesome onstage!
Masterful software integration
KeyLab MkII provides a streamlined workflow solution for controlling your DAW, Analog Lab 3, or any MIDI-compatible instrument. The DAW Commands center gives you deep control of your software via the use of DAW-specific magnetic overlays. Working with the included Ableton Live Lite? Use the Live overlay. Switching to Cubase? Simply swap in the Cubase overlay! And thanks to the KeyLab MkII's smart, efficient logic, you can now access Analog Lab 3 sound categories directly from your controller. Need a piano sound? Press the Piano button!
Masterful expressive performance
Arturia's KeyLab MkII 49 is way more than a MIDI controller — it's an expressive instrument for the professional keyboardist. Equipped with channel aftertouch, the keybed is perfect for adding modulation to synth sounds while playing two-handed parts, while the nine large onboard faders give you legit drawbar control over your organ patches. Grab one of the nine rotary encoders for a highpass filter sweep. Use the 16 velocity-sensitive backlit RGB performance pads to bang out drum and percussion parts. Sustain, Expression, and three Aux pedal inputs give you unprecedented creative modulation possibilities.
With the KeyLab MkII 49, Arturia drew on its masterful analog synth modeling experience to think outside the box. In addition to 5-pin DIN MIDI In and Out connectors, they equipped the KeyLab MkII with four CV jacks to connect to traditional hardware analog synth gear. CV connectivity is an innovation in the MIDI controller category; and at Sweetwater, we expect we'll be seeing a lot more of this going forward.
Arturia KeyLab MkII 49 MIDI Keyboard Controller Features:
- Ultra-responsive keyboard action with 49 aftertouch-enabled keys
- Lightweight, roadworthy aluminum chassis
- Advanced configurable interface
- 16 RGB backlit performance pads
- 9 large faders
- 9 rotary encoders
- 5 expression control inputs
- 4 CV output jacks
- Smart category controls
- MIDI and USB connectivity
- Deep software integration and DAW-specific magnetic overlays
- Arturia Analog Lab 3
- Ableton Live Lite
- Piano V 2
- Arturia MIDI Control Center