Arturia KeyLab 61 MkII - 61 Key MIDI Controller Keyboard

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

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$549
Arturia KeyLab mkII 61

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 93/100 is based on analysis of 250+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

NB: At publication time this was on our recommended list for The Highest Rated 61-Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

The Keylab 61 mkII builds on the Keylab 49 not just by adding more keys, but making them semi-weighted.

9 encoders and 9 faders round out the assignable controls.

It also has a good amount of inputs, outputs and control.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 61 Semi-weighted keys
  • Pads: 16 x Back-lit RGB Performance Pads
  • Controls: 9 Encoders, 9 Faders, Octave, Pitchbend, Transport Controls
  • Octave: 3 Octaves (+/-)
  • Automap: Yes (On select DAWs)
  • Connectivity: USB, 1 x 1/8" (CV in), 4 x 1/8" (CV out, Gate out, Mod 1, Mod 2), 1 x 1/4" (sustain), 1 x 1/4" (expression), 3 x 1/4" (aux)
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes
  • Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later , Windows 7 SP1 or later.
  • Power: 9V DC power supply (sold separately)
  • Dimensions: 34.5" x 11.7" " x 2.1"
  • Weight: 15.4 lbs.
  • Bundled Software: Analog Lab 3, Ableton Live Lite, Piano V2, Arturia MIDI Control Center

Pros
Those who purchased the Keylab 61 mkII over the Keylab 49 mkII say that it was the semi-weighted keys that drew them in. The additional range, excellent feel and control possibilities were what users pointed out to be great positives.

Cons
Awkward mod wheel/pitch placement threw off some users. Some felt it needed an arpeggiator and a sequencer.

Overall
If you're looking for a good 61 key MIDI Keyboard Controller with semi-weighted keys, The KeyLab 61 mkII is one of your best bets.

NB: At publication time this was on our recommended list for The Highest Rated 61-Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

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