Arturia Analog Experience The Laboratory (49 Keys)
Software Synthesizer with 3,500 Presets and Dedicated 49-key MIDI Controller with Aftertouch
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The Premium Arturia Software/Hardware ComboHere's a way to get the full-blown collection of Arturia's Analog Factory synth sounds (3,500 of them!) plus an awesome MIDI controller in the process! The Arturia Analog Experience - The Laboratory is a software/hardware bundle that's primed to redefine the way your music sounds. This premium bundle includes Analog Factory 2.5, which is loaded with 3,500 synth presets, carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths. You'll find sounds from the Moog Modular V, the minimoog V, the CS-80V, the Prophet V, the Jupiter-8V, and more - all synth favorites, and all must-haves for the synth enthusiast.
The Arturia Analog Experience is more than a sweet collection of sounds. The Laboratory bundle comes with a 49-key MIDI controller complete with velocity-sensitive keys and aftertouch. Now, you'll have a premium controller to get your hands on Arturia's premium sounds. Couple the controller with Arturia's amazingly smart and intuitive software browser, and you'll be cruising your way to legendary sounds, then performing them into your favorite DAW in no time.
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I'll keep it short... Buy It
by Marko B. from Santa Barbara, CAI've had experience with Arturia's software in the past, and I was always quite impressed. When I decided to downsize to a 49-key controller, I was completely overwhelmed by the combination of so many... read more [+] strong contenders and the lack of a "real" piano feel in anything smaller than a 76-key device. I'll be honest, after trying out everything I could find at local shops and even that shiny big-box music store in Ventura, I ultimately purchased this package for two reasons: 1 - I knew the software would be worth the expense even if the controller wasn't up to par and 2 - It's easier to deal with a return/exchange from Sweetwater than anywhere else in the business.
May 4, 2011
Music Background: Indie Musician, Recording Engineer and Producer
To keep it brief, I couldn't be happier. The fit and finish of the device is leagues beyond the price point (think high-end Kurz-like construction) and the key feel is "more" than on any other semi-weighted controller I tried. Combined with Kontakt, I am able to coax extremely subtle nuances from my sampled grand pianos by simply playing the way I would a traditional 88-key hammer-action device. Essentially, it seems as though the same attention to detail, consideration for intended users and uses and ultimately pride went into this hardware as I know Arturia puts into their software and have always heard they put into their premier hardware systems.
I honestly haven't taken time to map all the knobs and sliders in my daw or plugins yet, but they are handy and "real" when working with the bundled synth software. I'm sure they will only add to the already considerable value. If you are going to get a controller, this should be a no-brainer. If you're considering a workstation for less than $2000, I'd seriously suggest this and a macbook loaded with Kontakt - all of which would be less than $2000 and compete with workstations worth twice that.
If you're looking at this page... Buy It. You won't be sorry. close [-]
Even as a stand alone.... get this!
by Tim from Seattle, WA USAIf you buy this for no other reason than having a stand alone midi controller, it is 100% worth it. It is so solid, it feels good. It's something that you will still be able to rely on 10 years down t... read more [+]he road. The construction will blow you away.
October 9, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Pro Musician
That being said, the software can be tricky to get used to. It is not very intuitive during set-up. And it tends to be a bit of a cpu hog (at least on logic.)
But let me reiterate one more time, even if this did not include the additional software, it is a must have! close [-]
Arturia Laboratory Initial Assessment
by ~skygod~ from NJ/NYMAIt arrived Friday and I got back off the road Sat and unpacked it and set it up. It seems very sturdy, solid, and well made. The rear requires a USB power to a computer or a standalone 6VDC 0.5 amp po... read more [+]wer supply that IS NOT included in the box. These are not available in the stores so if you need one get one from your local Radio Shack.
March 13, 2011
Music Background: Recording/Live Sound Engineer, Pro Musician, Film/Theater
It comes with a booklet in several languages separated by language chapters, and your authorization card is in the front cover that has your serial number and unlock code. Keep this safe somewhere. The Authorization was seamless. I created an Arturia account, entered the serial and unlock code and rec'd an email in seconds with the unlock code, then pasted it in and the Steinberg e-Licenser on your hard drive captured it and the program was authorized ready for use. You also have to option of dong this to dongle for multiple systems. I don't use dongles except for Reason record and one is enough.
After you authorize open the sound/midi tab and make sure to check the box that says LAB or else it wont sync with the porgram. It drove me crazy for 10 minutes until I figured it out as the manual, instead of starting with basic setup quirks, jumps right into the history of Moog and Arturia and although that in itself is interesting one would think setup is actually more important huh? ~fuggedaboudit!~
Also make sure when you plug in your USB cable that you hit the on/off power switch to ‘on.’ That's another thing that drove me crazy as I am accustomed to USB powered devices such as the Zoom G21NU and the B21U to power on immediately regardless of where the power switch is when USB is plugged in. Oh well, I guess I'm an idiot so there you have it.
I initially had it loaded on XP and after playing with it for half an hour realized direct to DAW and MIDI file playback that the LAB program overhead on a 2 GB laptop is too intensive. I loaded a 2 min midi file in Reaper and cloned it to see how many iterations of the LAB I could run simultaneously on X32 w/ 2 GB RAM. It crashed at six. Using basic ASIO @ 128 was too low and 258 was still not right and at 512 was ok.
So I deactivated it from the XP and loaded it on a WIN7 x64 12GB RAM system but the authorization would not work as it can only be used once. So I deactivated the initial auth at the website, requested another one that I rec'd in less than a minute, and reauthorized on the WIN7 system in less than 5 mins. Then I jBridged it and now can use the software in x64 mode using all available ram.
The sounds are ok to amazing depending on synth selected. But the entire analog synth history is covered here in a single program. You can setup by Sound or By Scene. The keyboard is very good non weighted and as a stand alone 49 key controller is worth the price of admission alone. So for anybody considering a DAW MIDI controller get the entire Italian sausage with onions and peppez and the works and don't settle for just a boiled hotdog on a bun with mustard. Huh? ~fuggedaboudit!~
Now then, closing the LAB and activating several other soft synths was a breeze. All including my entire NI Komplete enchilada all others worked like magic. Of course you don't have control over every parameter on the other apps as you would with the LAB proper app, but that is moot to me as I am not a synth geek Youtube ‘producer’ and don’t have to turn a faaking knob or push a slider every second to give the illusion that one is actually making real music as is the norm on the planet now. It seems that synth dvvches have become like guitar tremolo arm wankers that have to wank the trem arm every other note or finger tap something and can't even read a note of music nor have a clue about music theory, but gosh golly can play a phrygian scale within 200 beats per minute drum loop at 300mph along over their detuned garbage riff. Hey but dat's another discussion for death metal guitar hip hop rap producer eurometal gear dvvchebag central forums.
As a controller it gets the job done very well. Make sure your latencies are set at unity for you processor and available RAM and you will be just fine.
It also has MIDI IN/OUT so I connected my Yamaha 88 key workhorse KX88 to that has 88 weighted keys to run thru the USB to Reason/Record and dual out to my external hardware synths direct to tape or back to DAW via outboard multi preamps via USB, Firewire, or PCIe.
Well in summary I love it. My first venture into Arturia world and Good job Arturia! I am not disappointed They could have done a better job on the manual but nobody is perfect but actually very easy setup and authorization is a breeze.
And most importantly Heartfelt prayers and sympathies to the great people of Japan and Hawaii and elsewhere in the Pacific who experienced insurmountable horror and tradgic loss of life and property in the past 48 hours. God bless all of you and yours -
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This is a no brainer!
by Pete Buchwald from DenverThis product has great sounds, easy to sort through the sounds, easy to bookmark your favorites. The controller is sleek and looks great in the studio.
March 11, 2011
Music Background: Producer and Songwriter
I posted a video intro and r... read more [+]eview on YouTube as well, that you can find with a search for: "analog laboratory review". close [-]
Bridging the hardware/software gap
by J. Hopkins from Georgia, USAThe housing: Solid construction. Bright LCD. Does not feel cheap. USB bus powered and has a big power switch (thanks Arturia/CME)!
May 29, 2012
Music Background: Keyboard fanatic
The keybed: Very light, springy synth action. Ke... read more [+]ys have some side-to-side wobble when at rest (not depressed). Nice aftertouch response. May not be your cup of tea but fine for synth work.
The controls: really solid. Lots of 'em. Ten knobs, not the usual eight, and they're endless rotary. Pitch and mod wheels smaller than a standard synth but absolutely usable and very smooth. Drum pads offer decent response. I haven't figure out whether the preset/category knobs can send program/bank changes, which would be helpful.
The manual: not good. Lots of parameters left unexplained or under-explained. I'm sure I'll either figure it out or fall on the mercy of Arturia's forums. Pity.
The software: included Laboratory software responds well to the hardware (which is, of course, the whole point). This makes sound tweaking a heck of a lot more fun and immediate, without having to map controls. Nice to have feedback from the LCD. I was familiar with the sounds already, having had the Factory software. Lots of good stuff to choose from, even if it's not the face-meltingly "real" emulation. Despite not having full sound editing, most of the parameter mappings are useful enough for getting "new" sounds. Only one minor bug encountered so far, but overall pretty stable on my Mac (10.6.8).
In brief, I think it makes a decent controller for synths (hence the 4 stars) but far less so for anything that needs really controlled dynamic response (EP/piano). close [-]
Mario, Indianapolis, IN
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