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Good: - substantial build quality - tasteful design/aesthetics - mature editor software that actually works - 2 of the 16 knobs are also push toggles - blindingly bright and colorful LEDs I can custom-configure - great key feel and a relatively quiet mechanical action - feels greater than the sum of its parts and is a joy to play
Bad: - drum pads feel great, but occasionally, they will give you a stuttering double trigger if you strike and hold a pad while applying progressively more pressure... seems to be improving over time, or perhaps I'm just getting used to them. If you just strike them with a quick release, like a drum, they are perfect 100% of the time. - the octave +/- buttons are way too bright AND they flash whenever you're transposed up or down at least an octave... it's beyond distracting and takes some time to learn to ignore. - the Arturia Keystep, in my opinion, has even better key feel
A perfect & very affordable all-rounder
The Minilab MKII is the next generation of Arturia´s Minilab Controller. It features 25 slim keys, 16 knobs, 8 pads, 2 touch strips (pitch & modulation) and comes with a lite version of the Analog Lab (Upgrade to Analob Lab Lite 2 available for 29€ /$), Ableton Live Lite and a sampled Grand Piano Model D. Designed and built very well, it´s definitely an eye catcher for your home studio that feels good playing.
The Minilab MK2 by Arturia is one of the best phurchases a starting producer can do. In Europe, it's only 99€ and it includes amazing software like ableton live lite and the analog lab (lite) by Arturia. It's great for playing live electronic music and has an amazing build quality for the price.
Everything I need in a midi controller.
I'll definitely continue collecting more midi devices, but this one does everything I need it to do when I hit record in Reason 10. Not too large, it fits perfectly on my minimal desk, alongside other midi devices.. not so minimal.