Arturia's KeyLab MKII controllers work with your laptop and modular synth

Arturia’s new controllers combine MIDI and CV control.

Arturia has unveiled the second iteration its KeyLab controllers. KeyLab MKII comes in both 49 and 61-key versions and includes CV connections (four CV outs and one CV in) alongside MIDI control for hooking them up to analog gear such as Eurorack modular systems.

According to Arturia, the controllers – which will cost $449 for the 49-key model and $499 for the 61-key version – inherit some the features and workflow last year’s budget-conscious KeyLab Essential models.

Core features the KeyLab MKII models include a ‘pro-feel’ keyboard with velocity and pressure sensitivity, 16 backlit pads for making beats, a dedicated DAW command panel with magnetic overlays for different stware, chord modes and inputs for sustain and expression pedals.

As well as including overlays for DAWs like Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Studio One and Reaper, the KeyLab MKIIs are designed to integrate with Arturia’s Analog Lab stware (included with the controller), which includes stware emulations the ARP 2600, Yamaha DX7, Buchla Music Easel and Roland Jupiter-8.

Arturia's KeyLab MKII controllers work with your laptop and modular synth

Arturia is also bundling its Piano V stware and a copy Ableton Live Lite with each controller, which are expected to hit stores in July. You can also pre-order it from the Arturia website.

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