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Arturia KeyLab 61

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Arturia KeyLab 61 review: specs and price

Arturia KeyLab 61
Arturia KeyLab 61

Why is Arturia KeyLab 61 better than the average?

  • Total keys
    61vs43.03
  • Number of buttons
    23vs17.66
  • Drum pads
    16vs4.83
  • Number of knobs
    11vs5.97
  • Number of faders
    9vs3.66
  • Encoders
    2vs0.35
  • Volume
    18315.08cm³vs173049.67cm³
  • Thickness
    70mmvs73.85mm

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Design

1.volume

18315.08cm³

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838.08cm³

2.weight

7.3kg

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453g

3.Has backlit LED buttons
Arturia KeyLab 61

Buttons will light up when pressed, resulting in better visibility to users.

4.Has a display
Arturia KeyLab 61

The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.

5.thickness

70mm

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16mm

6.height

298mm

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97mm

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Controls & Buttons

1.Has octave buttons
Arturia KeyLab 61

The octave buttons are used to shift the keyboard up or down in one octave increments. This extends the range of the keyboard in either direction, which lets you play notes that lie outside the number of keys available.

2.Has a bank selector button
Arturia KeyLab 61

The button is used to select independent banks of continuous controllers. Effectively, this allows you to control more independent parameters with the knobs, faders and buttons. The bank selector button is used to switch among the available banks.

3.number of buttons

23

The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.

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58

4.Has a modulation wheel
Arturia KeyLab 61

The mod wheel is used to add expression, or to modulate (change) various elements of a sound or sample.

5.Has a pitch wheel
Arturia KeyLab 61

The pitch wheel alters the pitch and timbre of a sound in real-time. It can give fine tuning control from fractions of a semi-tone to huge multi-octave pitch swings.

6.number of faders

9

Faders can be either channel volume faders, pitch sliders, crossfaders or even EQs.

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10

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Keys & Pads

1.Has semi-weighted keys
Arturia KeyLab 61

Similar to a weighted action keys, but with less resistance and a slightly springier release, semi-weighted keys are popular with many players. If you don’t need realistic piano response, but also don’t care for spring-loaded synth actions, a semi-weighted keyboard might be ideal for you.

2.total keys

61

The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.

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3.Has velocity sensitive keys
Arturia KeyLab 61

Velocity sensitive keys are just spring loaded keys that sound out louder the harder you hit them. If you "lightly" press a key, the sound will be quiet; the harder you press, the louder it gets.

4.Has velocity sensitive pads
Arturia KeyLab 61
5.drum pads

16

The pads section is ideal to trigger loops and samples, using your finger drum skills.

Best

Novation Launchkey 61

16

6.Has aftertouch keyboard
Arturia KeyLab 61

The keyboard also respond to the amount of force applied after initial impact. On electronic keyboards and synthesizers, this pressure sensitivity is usually called aftertouch.

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Ports

1.Has a MIDI-Out port
Arturia KeyLab 61

The MIDI-Out port is used for transmitting data.

2.Has an input/connector for the sustain pedal
Arturia KeyLab 61

When pressed, the sustain pedal allows all notes to sound and “vibrate” freely. All notes played will continue to sound until the pedal is released. This is perfect when you need a sturdy and responsive control over sustain.

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3.Has a MIDI-In port
Arturia KeyLab 61

MIDI-In Port allows data to be received by a MIDI-compliant device. The “in” port enables the MIDI keyboard to be controlled by an external device or sequencer.

4.Has an input/connector for the expression pedal
Arturia KeyLab 61

Dedicated expression pedals let you have a hands-free control over your keyboard's volume, vibrato, and more.

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Features

1.MIDI device works and communicates via USB
Arturia KeyLab 61

Devices can communicate in both directions with each other without any additional MIDI interface. The biggest advantage is that the USB connection can be used for everything; power supply, MIDI-in and MIDI-out. This means you need less cables.

2.Is compatible with Windows
Arturia KeyLab 61

It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.

3.The device is mappable
Arturia KeyLab 61

Users can map, set and regulate the entire midi controller giving different functionalities to all different buttons, knobs and faders. The device could be also set up with different softwares.

4.Is compatible with Mac OS X
Arturia KeyLab 61

It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.

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