Arturia MiniLab MKII

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USB Controller Keyboard

  • 25 Velocity-sensitive mini-keys
  • 16 Encoder - 2 of them clickable
  • 2 Banks of 8 velocity and pressure sensitive pads with RGB lighting (adjustable colors)
  • Touchstrips for pitch bend and modulation
  • Sustain pedal connector
  • USB port
  • Bus Powered
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 355 x 220 x 50 mm
  • Weight: 1.5 kg
  • Includes software "Analog Lab Lite" with 500 sounds in V-Collection 5-quality, "Ableton Live Lite" and "UVI Grand Piano" (software download required from manufacturer's website)

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Akustik Keys/Pianos No
Beat production / Drum machines Yes
Wind Instruments No
Cinematic / Effects No
Chorus / Vocals No
Drums / Percussion No
E-Pianos Yes
Ethno / Folk No
Guitars/plucked instruments No
Loops/Construction-Kits No
Orchestra Instruments No
Organs Yes
String Bass No
Sampler No
String Instruments No
Synthesizer Yes
Vintage Instrument Yes
Hardware Controller No
Copy protection Challenge-Response
Stand Alone Yes
AAX Native Yes
Audio Units Yes
NKS Yes
RTAS No
VST2 Yes
VST3 Yes
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excellent little midi controller
HopelessComposer, 24.10.2019
I have absolutely no regrets buying this.
It works so well with my Arturia V collection, as well as with the Ableton Suite. I had no problems getting it to work with Sibelius as well.

I was a little worried before I bought it that my rock-climbing man hands might not like the mini keys, but my concerns were unfounded. The keys are nice to play, very expressive and seem to be able to take a beating. The whole unit is solidly constructed and honestly looks much more expensive than it was. I'm not much of a finger drummer but the velocity sensitive pads are of the same high quality are the rest of the unit. Having 16 rotary encoders is a real life enhancement. I was previously using a mouse :p

The pitch and modulation strips work well. The pitch bend auto-centers when you let go, as it should.
The modulation strip will stay at the value of your last touch.
Controlling modulation via a touch sensitive strip is actually better than having a wheel, since you can pick out individual values without passing through the intermediate values if you want. That just isn't possible with a wheel, so yay :)

So, I'd say if you are looking for a 2 octave midi controller on a budget the MiniLab is excellent value for your money.
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AVOID. Lots of practical features. Build is awful, knobs and Arturia costumer support are miserable.
Gear Dabbler , 17.05.2020
I bought this after several reviewers recommended it, and more importantly, because of the endless encoders with default mapping to macros in Ableton.

These encoders turned out to be utter garbage. A slight turn to the right and the MIDI will jump dramatically to the left. To turn a macro knob in Ableton fully (1-127) you must rotate the knob over 720degrees (on fast acceleration setting). Their precision are unsellably bad. Avoid this controller like the plague if good encoders is what you seek.

The keyboard gets the job done. Cheap build, but much better to use than my laptop keyboard. Same goes for the pads.

The included software, Analog lab light, is very good. The presets in it beat every Ableton stock preset by a mile.

Worst of all has to be the extremely confusing MIDI control center and awful manual. After reading the manual I still could not set it up properly to utilize the banks. I emailed Arturia to ask what the issue was and they very rudely ignored the content of my email and sent a copy-paste guide of how to set up the controller in Ableton. This was not what my email asked.

I would not recommend this product at all. If keys and pads is all you want, I'm sure there are better cheap products. If you need knobs, these will disappoint you very much. I've read forms in which several people returned this product solely based off the poor quality of the encoders.
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It really worths the price!
Armanii, 29.12.2019
The controller is really solid made and has quite good built quality. If you're using Ableton Live, it comes with quite good midi mapping preset and of course, you have the option to customize your midi mappings and what I love about it is the limitless rotary 16 encoders, so you can adjust the parameters, no matter what's the current knob's position.
It also comes with really good software bundle! AnalogLab lite is more than enough if you are just starting the synth world! It comes with 500 presets which you can tweak around all the different parameters and mix different synths here and there!
I really recommend to have it as a handy gadget in your home studio!
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Before you buy, read this
anonnymous, 23.04.2020
I ordered this a couple days ago and got it two days ago, at first everything seemed fine, the keys were playing, i could map things, but when i started playing with the rotary encoders i noticed that when I turned them slowly, the values would jump up and down for a few values, like really unstable! its basicaly unusable for things like fine automation.. This was unnaceptable for me and i don't know how i didnt notice that in the reviews! just search the google: Arturia minilab mk2 jumpy knobs, its a common problem due to their cheap encoders, and no amount of software firmware updates can fix it, what makes me even more sad is that this is an old problem, i've found posts about this from 2013 and Arturia hasn't done anything to fix this, i returned this product, the features are great, exactly what i needed and that makes it even more frustrating for me. Maybe i got a defect product but i don't even want to bother because of their slow customer support, i'm glad i bought this on Thomann as they have excellent customer suport and return policy!
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