Arturia Introduces KeyLab Synth/Controller Hybrid Series
After recently rolling out its compact MicroBrute analog synth, French software and hardware designer Arturia has unveiled a new trio of synth/controller hybrids, the KeyLab series. Deemed a "hybrid synthesizer" by Arturia, the three KeyLab devices (which come as 25-, 49-, or 61-key units) offer MIDI keyboards with velocity and aftertouch-sensitive keys, two banks of 10 encoders, nine sliders, 10 assignable switches, and—in the case of the 49- and 61-key versions—16 assignable pads. Furthermore, the KeyLab series comes with a new piece of software, Arturia's Analog Lab, which offers 5,000 synth sounds pulled from the company's existing library of highly regarded analog-modelling software instruments—including the Mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, SEM V, Jupiter-8V, and Wurlitzer V. The video below demonstrates the basic functions of the KeyLab series, and more information on the units can be found here. Currently, the KeyLab 25, 49, and 61 are set to sell for $299, $399, and $499, respectively.