Arturia Keylab MKII, 3 Questionable Features!

The Arturia KeyLab 61 MKII Review

The Arturia KeyLab 61 MKII Is a top-of-the-line Midi-Controller. High quality, and high class.

Introduction

I love Arturia, from their synth plug-ins to their actual synths. They are a great company, and when it comes to Midi Controllers they do not let you down! I love the Arturia Keylab MKII, even though the first one I received was absolutely busted and one of the keys didn’t work and the knobs and sliders caused my computer to emit a high-pitched whine… it was the seller’s fault, not Arturia’s, and the fact I bought another one after such a fail tells you something.

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First Thoughts:

Key Feel:

I disliked the key lab keys. But 61 keys is a good number.

Knobs and Sliders:

These are very nice and textured

Customization:

Customization:
Insane amounts of customization options.

Usability:

Easy to use, hard to master

Drum Pad:

Solid

More Details: Arturia Keylab MKII

The Keyboard:

Back to the keys, they may be semi-weighted as described, but they really did not feel weighted at all. Bear in mind this is my first review, but I use a 88 key Casio 100s that does have weighted keys and the difference was great. I have also used the Akai MPK 249, and those keys are more what I would describe as semi-weighted, and I really enjoyed them. But the Arturia Keylab MKII keys feel too light and airy.

The knobs are very clicky and satisfying to use, the sliders are smooth and are only a little light to the touch. The buttons are plastic and hard and there are lots of them. The drum pad was kind of meh, it is not the biggest but that’s ok, but the pads just felt too harsh to me.

The aesthetics are insane. This thing looks beautiful, it has a nice little wood finish on the edges with metal trim, and the rest of the keyboard has a nice heavy metal feel, that is really cool like it is literally cold to the touch. It looks really cool and that’s mainly why I bought it. I suggest the white color as it really stands out.

The Software:

This thing is so cool, you can split the instrument halfway along with the piano, and that is just the coolest thing to me. The plug-ins have tons of presets, but I just mainly use omnisphere so it didn’t really sell me on switching. The chord and key change options are super cool. It has a very cool chord memory mode which, makes playing complex things easy… though it does feel like cheating.

There isn’t much more to say, I didn’t have the keyboard for a long time because I returned it for a smaller one because I could not move with the 61 keys. Overall the Arturia Keylab MKII comes with great software additions and customizability.

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Dave N. Bennett

Hi, I'm Dave. I've been playing instruments since I was just a little kid. I've worked at Guitar Center and tried producing nearly every genre of music. I've graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, and now I perform locally and write and practice music. I also run this blog where I share interesting things I've learned. I hope you Enjoy my posts!

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