Arturia KeyLab 25 Keyboard Controller

25-note USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Aftertouch, 13 Encoders, 9 Faders, and Analog Lab 2 Software - Mac/PC
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Arturia KeyLab 25 Keyboard Controller
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A Powerful Controller Keyboard Plus Awesome Synth Sounds

The Arturia KeyLab 25 is a software/hardware bundle that's primed to redefine the way you interact with your virtual synths. This premium bundle includes Analog Lab 2 software, giving you a staggering 5,000 incredible presets from Arturia's Modular V, CS-80V, Mini V, Arp 2600V, Jupiter 8V, Prophet V, Oberheim SEM V, Wurlitzer V, Synclavier V, B-3 V, Stage-73 V, Farfisa V, and Piano V! For maximum control over your sounds, the KeyLab 25 controller sports an array of encoders, faders, and transport controls. At Sweetwater, we love seamless integration of hardware and software, and that's exactly what you get with the Arturia KeyLab 25.

Arturia KeyLab 25 USB MIDI Controller and Software Bundle at a Glance:
  • A powerful hardware controller, pre-mapped and ready to go
  • Over 5,000 classic synth sounds
  • The new heart of your production studio
A powerful hardware controller, pre-mapped and ready to go

More than a sweet collection of sounds, the Arturia KeyLab 25 bundle comes with a 25-key MIDI controller complete with velocity-sensitive keys and aftertouch. A slew of knobs, faders, and switches are on hand for expressive real-time performances. It's intelligently mapped out right from the start, but you can also use the powerful MIDI Control Center software to customize the KeyLab 25's layout.

Over 5,000 classic synth sounds

Arturia built their worldwide reputation by creating some of the best-sounding emulations of vintage synthesizers ever, so it's no surprise you get over 5,000 classic sounds with the KeyLab 25. You get choice patches from Arturia's most popular software titles such as the Modular V, Arp 2600V, Jupiter 8V, and many more. From fat, warm bass to sizzling leads and soaring pads, you've got every iconic synth sound you need in this bundle.

The new heart of your production studio

The KeyLab 25 could be the controller you've been waiting for, with a generous set of controls and a great-feeling keybed (with aftertouch). Because it's easily configurable, you can optimize the KeyLab 25 for all the software you use. And with additional inputs for sustain and expression pedals, and even a breath controller input, the KeyLab 25 may just be the ideal foundation for your production studio.

Arturia KeyLab 25 USB MIDI Controller and Software Bundle Features:
  • Value-packed combination of Analog Lab 2 software and a powerful 25-key controller
  • MIDI Control Center software makes it easy to create your own custom control layouts
  • Analog Lab 2 software includes over 5,000 sounds taken from Arturia V Collection
  • Generous array of rotary encoders, faders, and more for hands-on control
  • Keyboard provides ports for:
    • MIDI I/O, USB
    • Sustain, expression pedal, aux footswitch inputs
    • Breath controller input
Get more control over your productions with the Arturia KeyLab 25!

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Tech Specs

Number of Keys 25
Type of Keys Semi-weighted, Velocity-sensitive
Aftertouch Yes
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, Breath Controller Input
Encoders/Pots 13
Faders 9
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 1 x Expression, 1 x Aux Footswitch
USB 1 x Type B
Format AAX Native, Standalone, AU, VST 2.4/3
Hardware Requirements - Mac Multi-core 2GHz processor or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Multi-core 2GHz processor or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Height 2.75"
Width 18.31"
Depth 11.73"
Weight 8.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 230411

Customer Reviews

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Great MIDI Controller

It is funny when I read a review on a product I own and it becomes obvious as I'm reading that the reviewer did not bother researching before purchasing. Then gives it a bad rating based on what they found out later. As for me, I needed a small 2 octave MIDI controller with mod wheels, not touch strips. I wanted 9 faders and some knobs, no drum pads and most importantly, MIDI out for my analog modules. This thing is solid. The keys feel good. The software is a good example of what you can expect if you purchase their V Collection. All around great controller.
Music background: Straight Amature

Solid unit

I'm just getting film scoring and this key lab 25 fit the bill perfectly. I'm not a key board player; however this unit has been fairy easy to to get to know. I'm still getting familiar with all of the sounds and modules the system has to offer but already have started writing scores.
Music background: Video producers

Nice Controller

The hardware is great, nice and configurable, plenty of knobs, sliders and buttons, and it comes with a great editor to tweak the functions. The keyboard is full sized and has a synth (not weighted) feel. The wooden side panels are a nice touch and I like the white panel. It looks good and does the job nicely as a general purpose small MIDI controller. Well constructed and designed hardware.The software, however is a different story. The stand alone app locks up when you change patches so forget about browsing the 5000 included sounds. The VST plug-in crashes my DAW when attempting to change patches. I think they need to run their GUI code through Purify, it looks like they might have some memory corruption issues. Pretty much instant segfault in VST mode on any patch change.The licensing and authorization is actually pretty well done, they use eLicenser and it transparently installed it's license during registration, I didn't have to fiddle with the eLicense control panel at all. I did move the license to my eLicense dongle after the fact but that didn't seem to affect anything.Overall impression: Great hardware, it's a nice fit for my little studio. For the money, it was a good deal. The software sucks, I'm not really that disappointed though, having another 5000 sounds would be a bonus for the 50 gazillion I've got already but it's not going to stop me from making music. If you want a decent MIDI controller, it's a good buy, if you want a good soft synth, look elsewhere. Don't buy it for the software.
Music background: Pro Musician, Producer

Snapshot Buttons Don't Work.

The KeyLab 25 Snapshot buttons don't work in Live 9. I assigned patches to these buttons according to the documentation - by dragging patches to the buttons, etc. I have not yet been able to recall any of the patches using these buttons. Arturia support was courteous and quick to respond, but I cancelled the request because they were not able to reproduce, or solve, the problem.

Poor Quality Build, Useless Software

First of, it should be said that i did not purchase this controller through Sweetwater...had i done that, i probably would have gotten this one replaced with a better controller. i've had this controller for a year. Quickly abandoned the AnalogLab software it comes bundled with because it was such a CPU hog for what is, essentially, just a sound player as opposed to a proper, tweakable soft-synth. While Arturia could have bundled one of its flagship analog emulations with the KeyLab, giving anyone new to synthesis a great platform to learn with, or a veteran a new tool to use, AnalogLab comes with a bewildering amount of sounds with a few manipulation options, but doesn't give you any hands-on experience with synthesis. Just cool sounds. Which may work for someone just looking for presets. i really could have used a basic, great sounding soft-synth to learn on.This wasn't a deal breaker, because it still seemed to be a solid MIDI controller. However, after nine months one of the keys detached and now sticks up annoyingly. Had to wedge some paper to get it back to being (relatively) flush with the others. A few months later, same thing happens to another key. More paper. This has been a studio piece of gear with light use, and i certainly don't have a heavy hand when it comes to keys. Just cheap. What's more, many floor demo Arturia controllers i see in retail stores seem to have the same problem after a while. i don't think i'll be handing any more money to Arturia. Looking into a better-made controller with aftertouch.
See also: Piano Software, Arturia, Arturia Virtual Instruments: Synths, Keyboards, & Organs, Arturia MIDI Controllers