Arturia has announced the imminent release of MiniLab MkII which they describe as a space-saving, high-quality controller that's perfectly suited to small home studios and musicians on the move. Here's their own description of it...
The latest in Arturia's range of game-changing controllers, MiniLab MkII combines an expressive two- octave keyboard, RGB backlit performance pads, 16 rotary knobs, and an impressive suite of included software.
Fun to use, easy to master, and superbly affordable, MiniLab MkII sets a new standard for small-format controller keyboards. Musicians old and new will be inspired by the hundreds of classic keyboard presets in Analog Lab Lite and love recording their own songs using Ableton Live Lite. MiniLab MkII brings unmatched control to the project studio and provides performers with bus-powered, go-any- where versatility.
Key features of the MiniLab MkII include:
Take it anywhere: amazingly portable and highly durable, MiniLab MkII sets new standards in the small controller market, combining unparalleled control with space-saving, small studio-friendly size.
Great feeling keyboard: MiniLab MkII features a 25-note slim-keys, velocity-sensitive keyboard, striking an uncompromising balance between size and playability.
Powerful performance pads: record a drum pattern, launch clips, cycle through presets; MiniLab MkII's eight multi-purpose pads are ultra-responsive and RGB backlit, helping you easily identify the sound or function they are controlling.
Useful rotary knobs: 16 rotary encoders give you full access to all of the important parameters of your favorite effects, synths, and DAW functions; two of the knobs are also clickable, allowing even deeper control of your music-making.
Expressive performance controls: MiniLab MkII features incredibly responsive touchstrip controls for pitch bend and modulation, sustain pedal input to capture that authentic keyboard performance, and dedicated octave up & down buttons for full creative access.
Record your songs: Ableton Live Lite -- an introduction to arguably the most popular, intuitive recording & performance software on the market -- is now included with MiniLab MkII, meaning you can record and produce your songs straight out of the box; thanks to dedicated pre-mapping within Ableton Live, it's never been easier to take control.
Amazing keyboard sounds: the included Analog Lab Lite software gives you access to hundreds of iconic preset keyboard sounds taken from Arturia's award-winning V Collection 5 -- from electric pianos to analog monosynths, string machines to modular monsters, and everything in between.
A famous piano at your fingertips: a beautiful, ultra-realistic piano sound is always useful, and that's exactly what you get with the included UVI Grand Piano Model D software -- meticulously sampled from a classic Steinway, and yours with MiniLab MkII.
Tempting upgrade paths: whether you want thousands of extra keyboard presets with Analog Lab 2 or need the unparalleled control of Arturia's flagship V Collection 5, owners of MiniLab MkII will be entitled to exclusive upgrade offers.
Fun to use, easy to master, and superbly affordable, MiniLab MkII sets a new standard for small-for- mat controller keyboards. Musicians old and new will be inspired by the hundreds of classic keyboard presets in Analog Lab Lite and love recording their own songs using Ableton Live Lite. MiniLab MkII brings unmatched control to the project studio and provides performers with bus-powered, go-any- where versatility.
Pricing and Availability:
MiniLab MkII is priced at 99€ / $119
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