Arturia MiniLab MkII 25 Slim-key MIDI Keyboard Controller

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$109
Arturia MiniLab MkII

The MiniLab MkII is the follow-up version of the original MiniLab with improved and upgraded functions.

It offers more than the usual MIDI features, even functioning as a synthesizer when paired with Arturia's own Analog Lab Lite software that has hundreds of quality sounding presets.

Its controls include 8 RGB pressure sensitive pads, 16 rotary encoders, and its touch sensors for its pitch bend and modulation control.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 25 note velocity-sensitive keys
  • Pads: 8 velocity & pressure sensitive pads with RGB backlighting (2 x Banks)
  • Arpeggiator: No
  • Octaves: Not Specified
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite, UVI Grand Piano, Analog Lab Lite
  • Power: USB powered
  • Connectivity: USB, Sustain pedal jack
  • Control Hardware Directly: No
  • Compatibility:USB/MIDI class compliant
  • Dimensions: 14" x 8.7" x 2"
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs.

Pros:
There were several improvements from its predecessor as mentioned in reviews written by both experts and customers. The keys were one of the features that really stood out due to their excellent response and action. As an alternative to wheel controllers, its pitch and modulation strips provided accuracy whenever the values were adjusted. In his KeyboardMag review, Francis Prève mentioned its eight rotary controls have two clickable ones ideal for "toggling synth parameters. This is particularly evident when using the MiniLab Mk II in conjunction with the bundled Analog Lab suite of vintage synths. Granted, it’s the lite version, but even the slimmed down selection of patches hits all of the sweet spots. It includes intelligent macros for customizing your patches, and it sounds wonderful thanks to its basis in Arturia’s topnotch V Collection." In regards to its build quality, it's quite sturdy and well constructed. It's also worth mentioning that users had no problem with setting it up and found the software bundle an excellent bonus.

Cons:
Since it has multiple features and functions, it took a while for some users to figure out the controls. Some of them also found it to be not as intuitive as they would have liked.

Overall:
If you are looking for a portable controller where the value outweighs the price, this is an excellent choice.

At time of publication the Arturia MiniLab MkII was the Equal Highest Rated 25-Key MIDI Controller Keyboard.

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