Arturia has announced that its KeyLab MkII controller is now available.

First announced in June 2018, and released under the tagline “Controller Deluxe”, the KeyLab MkII offers advanced, yet intuitive features, workflow enhancing shortcuts, dedicated studio controls, and thousands of world-class synth and keyboard sounds.

Arturia KeyLab MkII

The KeyLab MkII comes complete with a host of software for both newcomers and experienced users, including:

  • Analog Lab: Arturia’s award-winning software instrument, perfectly integrated with KeyLab MkII, and offering over 6,500 preset sounds from their legendary V Collection series. Browse, tweak, play, and fall in love with the perfectly modelled sound of legendary synths, keyboards, pianos, and organs. • Piano V: a collection of museum-quality pianos brought to life through the wonders of physical modelling. The perfect piano software instrument, create your own personalized instrument and change their characteristics depending on what you need.
  • Ableton Live Lite: to make sure you’re able to start recording, mixing, and releasing your music straight out of the box, Arturia has included an introduction to one of the most popular DAWs around.

Featuring 4 dedicated CV/Gate connections for pitch, gate, and 2 assignable connections, KeyLab MkII gives musicians access to exciting new possibilities with vintage outboard, synths, modular and Eurorack. For the first time, adventurous musicians can fine-tune a sequence in their DAW, including complex automation, and take advanced control over their modular rig.

KeyLab MkII is an all-in-one powerhouse specifically designed for demanding professional producers, musicians, performers, and composers.

KeyLab MkII features

  • Robust, tour-ready aluminium chassis.
  • Semi-weighted “Pro Feel” keybed, as found on the legendary MatrixBrute.
  • 16 RGB backlit, multi-function performance pads.
  • 9 assignable faders and rotary knobs.
  • 10 dedicated DAW Commands switches with magnetic overlays for popular programs.
  • 6 universal transport controls.
  • Control center with LCD screen and clickable wheel for fast browsing, editing, and saving.
  • Category shortcuts to instantly sort your sounds. Looking for a bass sound? Hit the bass button!

Arturia has also released a 4-part series of tutorials by Andrea, one of Arturia’s product experts.

KeyLab MkII is available in both black and white models, and in both 49 and 61-key varieties, priced at 449 EUR and 499 EUR, respectively.

More information: Arturia