The more knobs the better for me since I'm using a lot of synthesis. Seems early reports indicated the pads being very difficult to reach max values. This bit lets you pull up existing presets. . It has loads of other sounds. The pads on both are velocity and pressure sensitive — the ones on the Essential actually stick out a bit more and feel better in my opinion.
Connectivity Connectivity is one of the things that really sets the two apart. This is something that I truly valued because I believe creating affordable software is essential for those who want to learn more about synthesis and can help discover their true sound. I made an entire video comparing Analog Lab to V Collection with a ton of sound examples so check that out for more info. Wondering whether later firmware fixes might have addressed it. The physical controls are very similar to the Mk I. I like the Steinway Model D.
Although there are only 8 pads, the shift button allows you to switch between two banks, which brings the total number of pad assignments to 16. Still, keyboards from Nektar and M-Audio, to name just two, cover similar ground. If you own the actual soft synth you can open up access to all its parameters. But the agnostic design approach here makes this a multitasker tool in every kitchen, and so word of mouth spreads. But the chassis is aluminum, and the wheels are event metal. Try to ignore the fact that your Steinway feels a bit suddenly plastic-y; try dressing in a tuxedo.
Controlling Ableton Live is always a challenge for these types of keyboards because of the additional session or grid view. Analog Lab mode automatically assigns all knobs, faders, and buttons to work perfectly with the included Analog Lab 3 software suite. It would be almost criminal to play your moog from that keybed. There are assignable buttons underneath those. If you find yourself mostly playing keys with very limited use of knobs and pads, this is a great alternative that stays within the Arturia name.
But paradoxically, what makes them interesting is if they can be all things to you. Well, or at least they give your aimless noodling a set of predictable patterns and rhythm. Maybe the community hated the wooden ends — who knows? The chord step function allows you to play a chord and then trigger it with a single key across the keyboard. I'm using Ableton Launchpad + Ableton Launchpad Control to control Ableton Live. The interesting thing about what they do, aside from recreating the sound, look and feel of the synth, is that they add many optional modern features to each virtual recreation — in the form of either additional panels or effects — sort of like what the original manufacturer would be doing today if they created a new version of their gear with current technology.
Expression, sustain, and 3 assignable auxiliary pedal inputs. The new color-backlit pads are velocity sensitive and can help you map certain sounds to a specific color to help with your workflow. Design shouldn't be a deciding factor but I like the vintage old Keylab's look a lot more than the new Essential one. There are clever dedicated preset controls. The great thing about this keyboard is that it come in different sizes ranging from 25, 49, 61, and 88 keys. Now, is the modular market big enough to sell the majority of BeatSteps Pro? Generally speaking the blue labels on the keyboards are intended to correspond with the labels on screen, in many cases they can be quite different on a per instrument basis — custom to the strengths of the given virtual synth. Enjoy total control of over 6,000 iconic synth, key, organ, sampler, string machine, and piano sounds, easily setup splits and multi-sounds, and make preset browsing a piece of cake with dedicated category buttons and tag-based browsing with the jog wheel.
Wish I could use them for arpeggios! More information on the Arturia. Would appreciate if you have an update and thoughts. The aluminium case feels robust and, although heavier than moulded plastic construction, is less bulky. Over the years their V collection, or Virtual Collection now has recreations of over 20 different classic synths. You have the 16 rotary encoders, 8 pads, 25 notes, octave buttons and 2 capacitive strips where the pitch bend and modulation wheels should be. Should I be taking in consideration any other important factors to make up my mind? This is more suitable for someone that is interested in using the Keylab as a piece of studio equipment for more serious piano playing. The encoders control track pan and the faders track level.