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Arturia 230421 KeyLab 49 Hybrid USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller
- Includes Analog Lab software with 5000 synth sounds. All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, SEM V and Jupiter-8V) and from Wurlitzer V.
- Fast preset sorting so you quickly find your sound: 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.
- Keyboard : 49 semi weighted keys with velocity and after touch
- Controls : 2 clickable encoders, 6 transport switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel, 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive backlit pads, two banks of 10 encoders, 9 sliders, and 10 assignable switches.
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|Item Dimensions||4 x 33.3 x 14 in||4.72 x 33.46 x 12.6 in||12.36 x 7.08 x 1.8 in||6.29 x 28.3 x 15.1 in||9.76 x 30.87 x 2.99 in||4.76 x 38.19 x 12.4 in|
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Keylab 49 is our professional-grade MIDI keyboard, combined with the powerful Analog Lab software. With 49 keys, 2 banks of 10 encoders, two banks of 9 faders, 10 assignable switches and 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads, Keylab 49 is perfect for studio and live use. Add to this the included Analog Lab software with an integrated user interface and over 5000 sounds from our V-Collection line of products, Keylab 49 is more than a controller, it is an instrument unto itself.
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After comparing the many different options out there, I had decided on the Korg Triton taktile, but, close to the time that I was ready to pull the trigger, the price jumped up $50. So I decided that I wanted to re-review my options. After looking at the many great options on the market, the best option, for me, was the Arturia Keylab 49. I went ahead and bought the 2-year product protection based on the reviews of flimsy quality, though I don't feel like it's necessary.
I was shocked upon receiving the box. The box Amazon packed it in was HUGE. But, I guess they decided that a keyboard that can be held under an arm needed a shipping box as large as a guitarist's half stack. The box for the keyboard itself was about as expected, and the controller was packed very well in Arturia's packaging.
After opening up the box, the first thing I noticed was that it feels very substantial. It's heavier than I expected. I can't understand why people are complaining about the build quality, as it's built like a tank. To the person that said that they have weights glued to the top of the keys - that's how semi-weighted keyboards work! This could have been done a little better, and there was some glue that was not applied perfectly cleanly, but I could scratch off the excess with my thumbnail.
There were also a couple imperfections in the white paint, but it's incredibly minor.
The keybed itself feels nice. If you've ever played a microKORG, it feels like a full-size-key version of that, with a little added weight. Very synth-like action. Apparently the 88-key version feels much more like a grand piano (with fully-weighted keys and all), but I can't comment on that.
As far as the knobs (encoders) and faders, they feel and and work very smoothly. The faders aren't perfect, as they don't seem to be absolutely perfectly aligned, but it doesn't affect the movement.
The reason this device gets 4 stars instead of 5 are two-fold:
1. The "pitch" knob (which, it, and the "mod" knob, both feel really nice and rubbery, not cheap) does get stuck in the +100% position if pushed too hard. It's like the stop in the knob doesn't actually work properly. For casual playing, not a problem, but I could see this being a major problem in a live or energetic setting.
2. The drum pads are great. They feel good. But they could be designed a little better. You really have to hit right in the center of the pads, because getting too close to the edge can accidentally double-trigger the pads. I think this would be solved by a slightly improved mechanism underneath the pads and thicker, softer pads (Akai's design really is king here).
I also had an issue where the included software was actually not included. I purchased during a promotional period. The promo, when purchased, included more than just KeyLab - Full versions of UVI Grand Piano, Arturia Jupiter 8-V2, Arturia Mini V2, Arturia Vox V, Arturia Wurlitzer V, and Ableton Live Lite. However, I couldn't activate any of this software, because my controller arrived on Dec 31 (the day the promo ended), but wasn't registered until Jan 1. I'm loaded down with software synths and other plugins, so it wasn't a big deal, but I emailed Arturia anyway. They're not the fastest at responding to emails, but they do respond, and have been very helpful. They got me all set up, and while I'm still having a couple issues where some of the plugins still think they're demos, it's being resolved.
TL;DR: This is a solid, beautiful keyboard that has a few minor imperfections that prevent it from being absolutely perfect. For studio use and light touring, this is a fantastic keyboard. Using their MIDI Control Center software + some light key mapping in Logic, it's a solid controller for Logic. You can do everything you need and you shouldn't be afraid of the negative reviews here.
In order to use knobs and sliders with some programs you need to reconfigure a profile using the software provided with it.
Keys aren't weighted, which will leave you wanting something better.
Cable that comes with it is extremely short, so you might need a longer standard USB 2.0 cable to use it with your setup.