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Product OverviewIn this little package, Arturia have managed to pack a real box of delights, it's a controller, it's a synth and it comes with 5000 sounds and presets from the Analog Lab software, including Arturia's Modular V, CS-80V, Mini V, Arp 2600V, Jupiter 8V, Prophet V, Oberheim SEM V, and Wurlitzer V keyboards. Made for the musician on the go or the performer with limited space, the MiniLab gives you a great depth of features in a portable package that is sturdy and looks great.
Compact and Feature Rich Arturia's MiniLab USB Controller marries the style you love with the hands-on control and portability you need to take your studio wherever you go.
Bus-powered powerhouse MiniLab is one of the most feature-packed compact control systems on the market. Discover expressive new melodies with 25 velocity sensitive mini-keys and the brand-new pitch and modulation touch-strips controls.
Drum out incredible rhythms with the two-bank velocity- sensitive backlit performance pads, and tweak software to your hearts content with 16 full-size rotary encoders. Add to all this the cleverly recessed sustain pedal input and USB bus-power port, and you have the World’s premiere mobile keyboard solution.
Power, Style and Sound The power of the features and visual styling are obvious but sound? Yes, sound, we also include our award winning Analog Lab software. This software gives you over 5000 of the best classic synth and keyboard sounds around. The interface also adapts to your MiniLab.
MiniLab under the hood The MiniLab is full-featured MIDI Controller designed to work with any software or DAW software you own.
MiniLab goes a step beyond other mini key controllers however; more than just a great MIDI controller, it comes with our Analog Lab software that gives you a dream studio of classic keyboards. The integration of MiniLab and Analog Lab creates an amazing hybrid synthesizer with excellent functionality and great sound.
MIDI Controller • 25 note velocity sensitive mini keyboard. User selectable velocity curves • 16 encoders - Individual MIDI channel selection - Absolute mode - Three relative data modes - Minimum and maximum range settings • 16 pads (two banks of 8 pads/buttons). Pads can be set to send : - Note data - Program Change - MIDI CC - MMC Transport messages: PLAY, STOP, Rewind, Fast Forward, Record • Gate or Toggle mode for latched operation • Pitchbend/Modulation touch strip - Can be programmed for Pitchbend or any MIDI CC - Latched value or Return to Zero operation • Modulation touch strip - Can be programmed for any MIDI CC - Latched value or Return to Zero operation • Footswitch input - NOTE - MIDI CC - MMC Transport messages: PLAY, STOP, Rewind, Fast Forward, Record
Thanks for the memories: Having direct access to 8 user presets further expands all of this control. MiniLab offers our free MIDI Control Center software that lets you map parameters in a simple and easy way directly from your computer. Those presets are then stored in the hardware for instant recall.
Take it on the run: The MiniLab keyboard is designed for maximum portability, flexibility and performance. It is small enough to fit in a laptop bag but big on features. The 16 encoders and the ergonomic spacing of the knobs keep this small controller from feeling cramped. The touch sensitive faders for Pitchbend and Modulation offer low profile controllers with ‘last position hold’ or ‘return to zero’ modes of operation.
Control Freak: The MiniLab offers you more control options than any other compact USB/MIDI controller on the market. Minilab features 25 velocity sensitive mini-keys alongside our brand new pitch and modulation touch controls, giving you maximum expression and playability in a highly portable package. 16 encoders make sure you have everything you need to program or perform wherever life takes you. Two banks of 8 backlit performance pads, for 16 total, can easily be assigned as pads, MIDI CC buttons or Program change switches. The recessed full sized MIDI jack will keep your connection safe and out of the way. Add to all this, an assignable pedal input jack and you have the premiere mobile keyboard solution.
Hybrid Synthesizer The power of the features and visual styling are obvious but sound? Yes, sound, we also include our new Analog Lab software. This software gives you over 5000 of the best classic synth and keyboard sounds around. The interface also adapts to your MiniLab interface for a nice 1:1 user experience.
The front panel controls will automatically map to the most used parameters of each sound in Analog Lab. Functions like Cutoff, Resonance, Envelope controls, LFO rates, etc. all are mapped automatically to the knobs on the front panel.
You can browse and load your sounds from the hardware that gives you a true hardware synth feel. The pads on the MiniLab give you two different performance features.
Pads 1-8 allow you to set up chords that you can recall. This is perfect for triggering arpeggiated sounds that you want have play a specific set of notes or set the pad to Toggle mode and allows you to hold ambient drones.
Pads 9-16 allow you access to snapshots. Snapshots are a way to choose a collection of your favorite SOUNDS or MULTIS for instant recall.
Connectivity • Recessed full sized Type-B USB jack • Bus powered • Class compliant – no drivers required • Works with iPAD (camera connection kit required)
MIDI Control Center The MIDI Control Center software provides you with a fast and easy way to edit parameters.
Editing your MIDI setups and sequences is a cinch with this software.
Export your presets to back them up or create archives of your favorite presets to share with others.
Analog Lab Software Analog Lab is an extremely powerful software synthesizer solution with over 5000 classic synthesizer sounds from Arturia’s premier vintage analog recreations at your fingertips.
Analog Lab offers the ability to do fast and simple editing and customizing of your presets but it doesn’t stop there; owners of the original individual synthesizer software products or the V Collection can open an Analog Lab sound and edit it in the original software, save it and then add it to their library.
Our new Multi mode allows you to create amazing layers and splits as well as warping and twisting your sounds with 17 high quality effects. Analog Lab will take your sound and workflow to a new level. FeaturesMain Features • 25 note velocity sensitive mini keyboard. • 16 encoders • 16 pads (two banks of 8 pads/buttons) • Pitchbend/Modulation touch strip • Footswitch input • Recessed full sized USB jack • Bus powered, Class compliant • Works with iPAD (camera connection kit required) • Comes with Analog Lab software • 5000 sounds from the best synths and keyboards
Hardware Specifications: • Keyboard : 25 velocity sensitive minikeys • Controllers : 16 encoders • Pads : 2 banks of 8 backlit pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity • Connectivity : USB, Assignable Footswitch Input • Class compliant – no drivers needed ! • iPAD compatibility using Camera Connection kit • Product dimensions : 373mm x 191mm x 50mm - Net weight : 1030 g
Platform specifications • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU, 2GB free hard disk space • Apple: 10.7+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU, 2GB free hard disk space
Number Of Keys
1 x USB
373 x 191 x 50mm
USB Bus Powered
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Ryan21 Does exactly what it says it will and an excellent entry level lab.
I purchased this mini lab following a lot of research and peer advice. I am really happy with it. I've not yet used anywhere near all of the effects/features, but those I have are really top notch. It is dated in appearance or 'retro looking' depending on your view point but it is robust and well made. For a 'reasonably' priced entry level lab you won't be disappointed.
10 February 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fraz Great Value controller
Even without the software it's a good deal. Small enough to sling in a bag
14 October 2013