Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Arturia announces the release of MiniLab MkII midi controller


Arturia are excited to announce the imminent release of MiniLab MkII: a space-saving, high-quality controller that’s perfectly suited to small home studios and musicians on the move.
The latest in Arturia’s range of game-changing controllers, MiniLab MkII combines an expressive two- octave keyboard, RGB backlit performance pads, 16 rotary knobs, and an impressive suite of included software.
Fun to use, easy to master, and superbly affordable, MiniLab MkII sets a new standard for small-for- mat controller keyboards. Musicians old and new will be inspired by the hundreds of classic keyboard presets in Analog Lab Lite and love recording their own songs using Ableton Live Lite. MiniLab MkII brings unmatched control to the project studio and provides performers with bus-powered, go-any- where versatility.
Key features of the MiniLab MkII include:
  • Take it anywhere: amazingly portable and highly durable, MiniLab MkII sets new standards in the small controller market, combining unparalleled control with space-saving, small studio-friendly size.
  • Great feeling keyboard: MiniLab MkII features a 25-note slim-keys, velocity-sensitive keyboard, striking an uncompromising balance between size and playability.
  • Powerful performance pads: record a drum pattern, launch clips, cycle through presets; MiniLab MkII’s eight multi-purpose pads are ultra-responsive and RGB backlit, helping you easily identify the sound or function they are controlling.
  • Useful rotary knobs: 16 rotary encoders give you full access to all of the important parameters of your favorite effects, synths, and DAW functions; two of the knobs are also clickable, allowing even deeper control of your music-making.
  • Expressive performance controls: MiniLab MkII features incredibly responsive touchstrip controls for pitch bend and modulation, sustain pedal input to capture that authentic keyboard performance, and dedicated octave up & down buttons for full creative access.
  • Record your songs: Ableton Live Lite — an introduction to arguably the most popular, intuitive recording & performance software on the market — is now included with MiniLab MkII, meaning you can record and produce your songs straight out of the box; thanks to dedicated pre-mapping within Ableton Live, it’s never been easier to take control.
  • Amazing keyboard sounds: the included Analog Lab Lite software gives you access to hundreds of iconic preset keyboard sounds taken from Arturia’s award-winning V Collection 5 — from electric pianos to analog monosynths, string machines to modular monsters, and everything in between.
  • A famous piano at your fingertips: a beautiful, ultra-realistic piano sound is always useful, and that’s exactly what you get with the included UVI Grand Piano Model D software — meticulously sampled from a classic Steinway, and yours with MiniLab MkII.
  • Tempting upgrade paths: whether you want thousands of extra keyboard presets with Analog Lab 2 or need the unparalleled control of Arturia’s flagship V Collection 5, owners of MiniLab MkII will be entitled to exclusive upgrade offers. 
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Fun to use, easy to master, and superbly affordable, MiniLab MkII sets a new standard for small-for- mat controller keyboards. Musicians old and new will be inspired by the hundreds of classic keyboard presets in Analog Lab Lite and love recording their own songs using Ableton Live Lite. MiniLab MkII brings unmatched control to the project studio and provides performers with bus-powered, go-any- where versatility.
MiniLab MkII is priced at 99€ / 119US$.
For more information on features, specifications and dimensions, visit the MiniLab MkII page on: www.arturia.com/products/minilab-mkii/overview

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About Arturia (www.arturia.com
Founded in Grenoble, France, in 1999, Arturia specialises in the development of music software and hardware for pro- fessional and amateur musicians alike. Focusing on innovation, the company strives to integrate the latest advances in computer music research and technology into its products. This involves working closely with partner research in- stitutions, such as IRCAM France, in the development of cutting-edge musical instruments and software, which have gone on to be used in making many hit records and Hollywood soundtracks. One of Arturia’s core technologies is TAE® (True Analog Emulation), an advanced proprietary technology allowing accurate modelling of analogue circuit- ry behaviour on personal computers. Developed by Arturia’s in-house Signal Processing team, this technology has been employed to successfully recreate the sounds produced by many classic analogue synthesizers. Having suc- cessfully launched Origin, its first hardware synthesizer (housing several synth classics and associated components in one powerful, no-holds-barred DSP-based modular system), and the hybrid hardware/software SPARK Creative Drum Machine (cleverly combining analogue synthesis, physical modelling, and samples with the intuitive workflow of a hardware drum machine), 2012 saw Arturia introducing the cost-conscious MiniBrute, an amazingly compact and bijou analogue monosynth (boasting MIDI, USB, and CV connectivity together with a host of unique features). Having already broadened its appeal further still by successfully entering the iOS soft synth market and building upon its analogue synth and hybrid hardware/software successes, 2016 sees Arturia making a new entrance into the analog synthesizer market with its Analog avant-garde MatrixBrute.
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