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Arturia Keylab 49 Essential Controller Keyboard
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With everything you need to express your musical ideas, take command of your studio, and perform like you’ve always dreamed, Arturia Keylab Essential 49 Keyboard Controller, powerful, carefully crafted one-stop solution to creating music, convenient enough for new users to enjoy straight out of the box, but with features that experienced producers will love.
KeyLab Essential gives you everything you need to start creating, performing, tweaking, editing, and releasing your music: a keyboard to perfect your part; a virtual studio to record your ideas; a vast array of sounds to fire your creativity; and controls to fine-tune your sound. Arturia live at the forefront of music tech world, and the KeyLab Essential to strikes the perfect balance between powerful features, incredible sounds, durable construction, and inspiring design, all at an irresistibly affordable price tag.
Analog Lab gives you streamlined tag-based access to 6500+ of the hottest presets from our award-winning V Collection of 17 faithfully modeled legendary classic keyboards — including combinations and effects. Each preset automatically maps the most important sound parameters to your KeyLab Essential for intuitive tweaking and performance control, and you can easily custom map to any controllers via the MIDI Learn feature. Additionally, Ableton Live Lite and Grand Piano Model D software is included.
Arturia engineers listened very carefully to our community of musicians, producers, and performers, and created a controller keyboard to suit each of their needs. Dynamic and sensitive enough to capture the nuance of every performance; tough enough to withstand life on tour; and with a streamlined, sleek format. KeyLab Essential delivers incredible functionality, but not at the cost you could expect for this level of quality.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 30.87 x 9.76 x 2.99 inches; 8.38 Pounds
- Item model number : KEYLAB49ESS
- Date First Available : April 7, 2017
- Manufacturer : Arturia
- ASIN : B06Y4CKTTL
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,672 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
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This product massively exceeded my expectations. The keyboard trounces all over my original m-audio oxygen 49 keyboard. It has synth key action (roland a49 has heavier piano key action) which feels much better than the oxygen which feels very plasticky and cheap. Obviously I'm in the group that prefers synth action keys to piano style 'weighted keys.'
The pads feel great. The mod and pitch wheels aren't those stupid tiny ones that are getting popular for some reason. They are the normal sized big mod/pitch wheels (unlike the nektar gx49). They feel great, there's just a smidge of tactile resistance to them which i like.
You may want to be aware of the difference in placement of the mod/pitch wheel placement on the 49key vs 61 key models. 49 key has it to the side of the keys, and the 61 key has it above the keys as seen in the picture. Don't know why thats the case, but with my 49 key model the mod/pitch wheel is to the left of the keys which is where i prefer it.
One of my only gripes is I wish I could have gotten it in black instead of white. Every time I walk into my dark, led lit studio, it feels like there's this giant white polar bear sitting on my desk trying to pretend its a Virus or something. But function is more important than aesthetic to me and this thing functions so well that sometimes I actually forget about the color coordination nightmare happening on my desk.
I thought the included Analog Lab 3 software was a gimmick to get you to perceive more value and buy the Arturia Keylab. I was surprised to find it's a full flegged, flagship sample library. Looking at it right now in my daw it says theres 5500 presets, which means 5500 unique instruments pulled from Arturia's robust line of analog synth emulations. They sound great, but i imagine that you could find out yourself by just demoing analog lab 3 before you buy the keylab 49.
You can modify these instruments within the analog labs software. It gives you something like 16 parameters for each instrument that you can modify to shape and change the sound which is really cool. For each preset, the parameters are automatically mapped to the 16 faders and knobs on the keylab and you can quickly switch through them with the big center knob, or arrows to the left and right of it.
There was a lot of hate and dissatisfaction with earlier models but I have not experienced any of those issues as they have been remedied in this revision. That being said I've only owned it for 5 months now.
This is one of those experience where I was really surprised. I've already had a few experiences on amazon where at a given price point the product that has more reviews isn't the best and this is one of them.
The keyboard itself exceeds the pricetag, and the bundled Analog 3 Software makes it above and beyond best midi keyboard offering in this price range.
Truly happy with my investment. This is high quality stuff.
As a cherry on top it also looks really really good.
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I bought the 61 not as a performance instrument but as a tool for playing/recording to Logic Pro X. I was originally planning on purchasing the Alesis V161 (which I still think would be a good buy) however the factors that led to me choosing the 61 are functionality, software and looks. I have owned the controller for several weeks.
Functionality: this controller has all the features you would expect. Drum pads, pitch and mod wheels, octave up/down, encoders and faders. I've yet to use the pads as I haven't decided upon a function to assign. The encoders and faders work as expected, manipulating the parameters of sounds. The 61 has a nice multifunctional control centre interface with a press to select jog wheel enabling easy navigation through the copious options. For me, the standout features are the DAW controls, transpose and chord keys. Placed in between the pads and jog wheel/display screen the DAW control centre has controls for some of the most used functions (see photo) enabling Daw control directly from the keyboard. The clever transpose key lets the user play a song/piece in any key without having to learn to play in a new key. A user can play with the fingering they know, but in any key. Great! I also love the 'chord' key - play any chord while holding 'chord' and it is remembered. Thereafter any single key pressed will sound the chord, transposed to that particular root note. Very useful and also great! The keys themselves are quite springy, but also feel robust. The 61 is nice to play.
Software: this was one of the final deciding factors in my decision to buy the 61. It comes with a software centre, midi control centre, Analog lab 3 sound library and a Steinway model D grand piano! The 61 comes with an important serial number used to access software - there's a lot of account creation and downloading involved. The process was fairly painless, and the software merged with my Logic library seamlessly. Analog lab 3 is a library interface containing 6.5k instrument presets (synths, bass, keys etc) all of which can be manipulated as required. Although many of the preset sounds are quite similar or variations on a particular theme there are a lot to choose from! The midi control centre is used to assign any of a huge range of functions to the keyboard controls and the software centre provides access to the created Arturia account/product downloads. And the Steinway grand sounds wonderful; it's a nice bonus. The software is interactive and offers a large number of features/functions making the 61 highly customisable.
Looks/appearance: You will be aware that midi controllers generally come in one colour - black. So it is good to see one manufacturer bucking the trend. The 61 is bright in appearance and looks very attractive. Contrast between the light body and black encoders/faders ensures clarity. All the controls to the left of the keyboard illuminate when in use. The pads can be assigned colours according to personal taste. Overall i the 61 feels well made and sturdy. It also feels very nice to play.
In conclusion, if like me, you are seeking an attractive, quality midi controller loaded with features, an ergonomic user interface and a huge library of sounds, then I would suggest the Keylab essential 61 will meet and surpass all of those needs. This is the best controller I've owned. For just under £200 this is surely a best buy.