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Having started on the Korg 25 key and using demo's I felt I was ready to take the next step up. Arturia is popular for vintage Synth enthusiasts. Arturia minilab mk 2 looked good, 25 keys, pads and finger sliders to make reverb etc. I had problems down loading Analog lab lite but customer service helped me by giving me another link. Ive been checking out YouTube seeing how they loop music. I'll get back to you on if I can do it myself. Well I tried Ableton but couldn't get the hang of it I use Magix for my loops and recordings. But don't let that deter you, you might be Ableton work it out! 😂 Bad joke! The touch sensitivity strips were ok, but I felt I couldn't control them as much as the Korg joystick appragator. The keys are a good size but was wary when touching the keys didn't respond as quickly as the Korg, it's with in milliseconds but you can tell.
All in all great Software, nice sturdy controller but I'd rather have pitch wheels than strips, I'll be going back to the Korg Microkey 25.
I purchased the Minilab because I wanted a 'sketchpad' for ideas on the go, something with some controllers etc but also a decent keyboard. Having received the Minilab and had a little play, I decided that it's not what I want, for the following two reasons: - The 25 keys aren't enough - I know it's got to be portable, but I felt I needed more keys - The depth and weight of the device make it less portable
However, I acknowledge that this is a decent piece of kit - Arturia are well-trusted, and I have their Keylab 61 Essential, which is a great keyboard. Their synths are also great, and the MiniLab integrates seamlessly.
On that note, I find it frustrating that the hardware is often tied-up with the software. With the MiniLab, you can MIDI configure the knobs etc to a certain extent. With my current mini-key device, the Komplete Kontrol M32, it's even worse (but it has 32 keys!) - Native Instruments are the Apple of the MIDI world.
So, if you want a completely free-of-proprietary device, then maybe you're best off with the equivalent keyboards from Alesis, Nektar, Akai, M-Audio etc (I read reviews of these but rejected either because of keys or portability). But I can't put down the MiniLab, especially as the keys and build are quality, and it comes with the excellent Analog Lab synth presets.
So, make your choice, and I hope that this review is useful!
Everything about this is good except for the crappy cheapo touch modwheel, the analogue lab instruments are all a bit lackluster in sound, there's no midi out port, it does not work out of the box with Fl Studio so you'll need to manually map all of the midi knobs, and the drum pads are sort of useless. My first midi keyboard though which is a pleasure to play and I've had a lot of fun with it, I'll soon upgrade to a larger midi keyboard though, and keep this for working with synth vsts
this is a premium 25 key midi controller, the build quality is quite nice and the price is good as well, however after having played about with it i need more keys to play tunes, so i am going to get an 88 key keyboard/midi controller.
if for a beginner or someone who only needs 25 keys then this is perfect, for someone who wants to advance in their piano playing skills id recommend a larger keyboard/midi controller.
Feels really robust and well made. Keyboard very playable for its size, and the pots feel solid. Important for me, it fits in my laptop bag to be carried around easily with my computer. The software is not the most intuitive for mapping, but works, while the drum pads feel a little erratic in terms of response to me - I don't really use them myself but they might be important for some. A 5-pin MIDI out would be a useful addition.
Pretty cool,I like tooling around in analog lab 2 with it, only downside is I'm having trouble getting it to work in ableton live 9 standard 9.7.5 and the knobs are slightly wobbly, just got an email from arturia support which will hopefully sort it. Edit: I wasn't arming the track lol and you have to manually assign the knobs in the effect window, the help window and walkthrough helped it make sense.
The drum pads are not responsive which makes it kind of useless especially when using the pitch shift which slows down the responsiveness of the drum pads even more. Everything works okay. Another thing was that i had to send multiple emails just to get the products which came with it as the key does not work and i still have not got the grand piano plug in which comes with it
Nice bit of kit, good value. Arturia is a very well respected brand. I returned it becuase it wasn't helping my setup the way I envisioned, I was only using the rotary knobs to automate within ableton, I already have a keystep which is better suited for hardware.
At first software to edit profiles was very buggy and annoying but I think that’s fixed now, has very good customisation and the keys are relatively good quality. Knobs 1 and 9 behave a little strangely though and I only use them as switches Something I only figured out after months of use is that you can switch profiles by holding shift and touching the pad that corresponds with the profile. All this time I had been loading the customisation software and re-uploading my profile to the unit every time I booted my computer up. It’s a lot easier to use now that I know this.