Arturia recently released a new mini 25-key MIDI keyboard controller with a nice set of features for the size and price.
The Arturia MiniLab MkII adds some extra features for the price, and it comes with a healthy dose of software.
It has a lot more knobs than similar controllers with 16 total, and two are clickable.
It also has 8 pads with 2 banks. The pads are velocity and pressure sensitive and have multi-colored lights.
One of its more unique features are a couple of touch strips for pitch bend and modulation.
There are octave buttons, as you would expect, along with a footswitch input. It’s powered by USB.
The Arturia MiniLab MkII is quite small at 14 x 8.7 x 2 inches (355 x 220 x 50mm).
I reviewed the Alesis V Mini keyboard over the summer but it was a lot less versatile with only 4 knobs and 4 pads. I got rid of it but kind of miss the convenience of having a small controller on the desk instead of having to make space for a larger one. I thought they were kind of superfluous at first but the small controllers do have some advantages.