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ZeroZero

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Keylab Mk III
« on: February 28, 2021, 10:34:35 am »
Been around studios for thirty years. The Keylab Mk II is the best MIDI controller I have ever used. Still, some improvement requests, or even a request for a premium product.

 You guys are very very close to producing the ultimate controller

1] Motorised Faders  - these are lacking, I had to sacrifice this to buy this controller. Motorised controlers that can be turned off would suit everyone.

2] General upgrade to the knobs buttons and sliders. Whilst these are not the cheapest tat, in fact they are fairly acceptable, they are not top quality. In particular the pots can be a bit crunchy. The drum pads cpould be more responsive too, the big knob could be more durable and chunky.

3] Improved VDU. Larger, perhaps touch sensitive, raised in angle so that one can see it better when playing.

4] Re-introduce the painoteq software, in order to guaruntee a great piano sound ouit of the box.

5] MIDI 2 capability

6] Provide some user resource for templates for major non Arturia Instruments - like Omnisphere, Vienna Instruments, East West, and other brands. Perhaps a user forum here to swap these. 

If there were a no compromise premium product like this, with the fantastic software integration (and sounds)  you already have, in the fantastic chassis you have, with the keybeds you have, it would be a world beater and would make it's way into even the top pro studios. People would be happy to pay for it  Personally I would pay well over a thousand UK for this, happily.

Hope you can make this a reality

Z
« Last Edit: February 28, 2021, 10:37:37 am by ZeroZero »

MajorFubar

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Re: Keylab Mk III
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2021, 04:16:41 pm »
I'm pretty sure Arturia will not go back to bundling it with Pianoteq, that's a direct competitor to Piano V, which they do include with the Keylab 88 as I'm sure you've found out.
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Christian61

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Re: Keylab Mk III
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2021, 10:11:30 pm »
The keylab mk2 keys/keyboard itself is poor compaired to my Access Virus Ti keybed.

Ableton intregration is poor as well (auto mapping to the devices (blue hand)) does not work for me without creating my own customs user mapping.

Even the intregration with their own Arturia V Collection 8 software synths (Analog Lab) is not quite working as shown online on their website. The search through „styles“ does not work at all from the keylab mk2 controller, anyway it looks as they have made changes which do not quite work / are not fully implemented yet.
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Re: Keylab Mk III
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2021, 05:56:30 pm »
Hi everyone.
Sorry for not answering sooner.
I've logged all your requests, and we will consider them very seriously when designing our future products.
Thanks for the precious feedback!
I wish you all well!
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Re: Keylab Mk III
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2021, 01:50:43 pm »
The biggest issue I have with the keylab mk2 and the essentials is that the pads and faders and pots are on the wrong side.

The pads should be on the right and the sliders and pots should be on the left.

It would be nice not be crossing arms to play music with your right hand and use the pots and sliders...
If they were on the left I could play the main melody easily without having to cross arms or cover what my right hand is doing.

apeter

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Re: Keylab Mk III
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2021, 10:03:58 am »
Most wanted from my side:

Accept incoming CCs to set the Button LEDs according the mapping in User mode

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Re: Keylab Mk III
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2022, 06:13:37 am »
Without wanting to sound like a troll with my first post here—when will Arturia release a Keylab MKIII 88 with the keybed that the product and customer actually deserves?

Nice design (other than faders on the right and wheels above the keybed), over-engineered machined aluminum wheels, wood et al, but that keybed (Fatar TP100L/R) is absolutely dire. Didn't like it on the KKMK2 S88 either, what a lemon of a keybed. Arturia is clearly a great brand making great stuff, and the Keylab could absolutely dominate the space.

Action is glacially slow on the keybed, and feels spongey and unpleasant. Charge another hundred euros and do it properly, or skimp on the ostentatious wheels and wood. The keybed doesn't match the perceived quality from the rest of the design. Want to love it, love so much that Arturia does, would love to see it be on the top of the pile, but wow, what a disappointment.

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Re: Keylab Mk III
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2022, 03:22:30 pm »
Strange I actually like the Fatar keybed on my KL88. I assume the Mk2 is the same keybed.
It's the keybeds in their full-sized 'synth-action' controllers I don't like: the 25 (discontinued) 49 and 61.
Overall though, I hear you. If I could summarise Arturia full-sized controllers in one sentence it would be "over-engineered external build compromised by poor-quality components likely sourced from the cheapest bidders" (except the KL88, because I like the Fatar keybed).

Of course this is just my personal view based on my experience. Other opinions are available.
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