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Arturia Analog Experience - The Laboratory 49  

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    A hybrid synthesizer with a 49-key MIDI controller 3500 synth sounds, 200 scenes, editing software, and more.

    Analog Experience - The Laboratory features a top-notch 49-key MIDI keyboard controller and the Laboratory version of Arturia's Analog software making it the most professional-grade version of their Analog Experience Series.

    Anlaog Labratory Under the Hood

    The 49-key keyboard controller is made for performance and maximum expression, with velocity and aftertouch in addition to a set of knobs, faders, and pads, as well as full connectivity on the back panel (like expression and sustain).

    This premium controller gives the fullest access to Arturia's Analog Laboratory software; its pre-assigned controls making it the perfect solution for plug-and-play sound creation. Once the software is connected to the keyboard, you can put your mouse away and experience the same workflow as on a traditional hardware synthesizer.

    With Analog Experience - The Laboratory, discover a new depth of access to the synth patches so you can really get in and customize the huge library of internationally designed presets. A new Scene Mode allows several sounds to be played at the same time with the addition of advanced arpeggiation melodies, drums and FX loops.

    In addition, the keyboard (like in the other versions of Analog) can be easily used in any other software context.

    Professional grade USB MIDI Controller

    Analog Experience - The Laboratory is a professional grade 49-key USB MIDI Controller. It is entirely preassigned to work with the Analog Laboratory software, enabling you to take an immediate and in-depth control over your sound. But The Laboratory keyboard also acts as a Universal MIDI controller, compatible with any 3rd party software and hardware.

    Analog Laboratory Software

    Analog Laboratory is an extremely powerful software synthesizer solution. First of all, it offers 3500 legendary synthesizer sounds from Arturia's vintage analog recreations, including Minimoog, Prophet V, CS-80, Jupiter-8, ARP, Prophet VS, and Moog Modular. It takes it a step further with a unique interface to tweak them all as well as the ability to edit each of them in depth, in the original synthesizer (requires the relevant Arturia synthesizer plug-ins to be installed on your hard drive). Finally, Analog Laboratory also brings Scenes, organized by musical genres. Scenes are a preset configuration of two sounds over your keyboard, plus advanced arpeggiation toward one of these sounds and assignment of loops to the drum pads.

    Features
    • Includes Analog Laboratory with 3500 synths sounds and 200 scenes
    • All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (Minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS and Jupiter-8V). These TAE powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality
    • Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type, and by Characteristics
    • In-depth Preset Editing available for the owners of the Arturia Classic Synthesizers (Minimoog V, CS-80 V, etc.)
    • Edit your sounds on the original instruments within Analog Laboratory
    • 200 Scenes organized by musical genres offering complete live sets, including: loops assignation to pads, splitting and layering of two synths and advanced arpeggiation melodies
    • Straight forward Editing, with a complete array of parameters for tweaking sounds: Filter and LFO sections, 4 Key Parameters differing for each preset, Chorus & Delay mix, 2 ADSR envelopes, 4 pads
    • High-quality aluminium and wooden case

    Step into this lab and be amazed at what you can create. Order today!

     

    Analog Experience - The Laboratory 49 Specifications:

    • Keyboard: 49 keys with velocity and aftertouch
    • Controllers: 2 encoders with select, 11 standard encoders, 9 sliders, 22 switches, 4 touch-sensitive pads, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel
    • Connectivity: MIDI in & out, USB, Sustain pedal, Expression pedal, Aux pedal, Breath controller
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    ArturiaAnalog Experience - The Laboratory 49
     
    3.0

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    If you like bugs!

    By Steve

    from Frostburg Maryland

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Has A Lot Of Potential

    Cons

    • Not Functional
    • Too Many Bugs

    Best Uses

    • Good Quality Sounds

    Comments about Arturia Analog Experience - The Laboratory 49:

    My keyboard froze up within minutes of unboxing. The display is stuck on pad 4. Also pad 4 triggers all the time with out touching. I have tried everything. I am an electrical engineer and know how to troubleshoot. I believe the unit I have has some short between pad 4 and the case. I guess I will send it back and get something else because on the help forum on Arturia's website, there are too many problems with bugs. The bottom line is do not sell a product that does not work.

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    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Really!!!! (Laboratory 61 Keyboard)

    Comments about Arturia Analog Experience - The Laboratory 49:

    Really folks - fix the bugs - don't sell a product that is useless. I'm sure much work went into creating this machine. Don't let that go to waste.
    At first glance (what got me to purchase the Laboratory 61 Analog Experience), the features are truly amazing. Sturdy, heavy keyboard, decent keys, expression pedal input, aux pedal/switch input, breath controller input (WOW!!!). But then you try to use it and it is full of bugs and it is VERY difficult to use.
    The keyboard (hardware component) is trully nice. It feels sturdy, sits well on the keyboard stand (unlike the totally weightless plastic alternatives from M-Audio I've owned before). It looks like a good quality appliance. The keys are a bit on the "cheap" side, but again, better than the similarly priced alternative. Like the feel of the mod and pitch bend wheel, knobs, buttons, etc. The caps on the sliders come off REALLY easy (woudl have liked to see a better fit).

    The Quality downside is on the firmware. There are "Octave" +/- buttons that swith the LCD display to show Octave __ and Semi __. The problem, is that there are NO buttons to toggle over to the Semi parameter so that you can change the chromatic tunning (transpose). Then, if you touch any other control (which changes the LCD to that control's related parameter) and click one of the Octave buttons again, the LCD continues to display the control's parameters although it overlays the Octave -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3 (strange bug).

    The only way to change the MIDI transmit channel is to go to the global page. That is fine but when you do, your expression pedal and sustain pedal ceases to work!. You can also do a "global" transpose in the global menu; but again, anytime you go to "global" you can't use the sustain or expression pedal or Mod Wheel, etc.. Try to switch channels to access the lower vs. upper manuals on Native Instruments B4 II and you quickly can get frustrated that you can't control the leslie speed via Mod Wheel while in Global.
    The Control software is lacking. It was nice to set up the sliders to the correct CC values for the B4's drawbars but there's a lot missing, including global transpose.

    Buggy, buggy, buggy!!!! This needs a major firmware update.

    I won't speak to the Analog Experience software because I will most likely not use it but I did play with it and it sounds great.

    Ah, one more interesting bug, the expression pedal goes from 0 to 50 (one step) and then 51, 52, 53, all the way to 127. Have no idea why it does not capture values in between 0 and 50 but again, very frustrating for using the organ where the expression pedal is crucial.

    The biggest downer is that unlike a traditional controller keyboard that has an upper and lower section; this keyboard has such buttons with a supposedly "split" mode (assignable in the controller software for the computer); however, try to set up the UPPER to be on Ch. 1 with its sliders with the appropriate values to controll the "upper manual" drawbars and the LOWER to be on Ch. 2 with its slidders with a different set of MIDI CC values for the lower manual in the B4 software - IT DOSN'T WORK THAT WAY!!!! You can only set one set of CC values to the sliders and it is not bound to the "UPPER" and "LOWER" selection in the keyboard. You can select the Tx MIDI Channel for the upper and lower but it makes NO difference. Only the Tx Channel set in "global" is the only thing that works.
    Can't say it is a piece of junk because the hardware is nice but it is so buggy that it is worthless!!!!!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great value, great sounds

    Comments about Arturia Analog Experience - The Laboratory 49:

    Since you are generally only going to find posts from people having issues or questions in the forums, I thought I'd put in a good word for the product and my experience using it. I received my Laboratory a few days ago and I would say, so far so good. I am running Windows 7 - 64bit Intel i5 quad-core 8GB ram Using with Sonar 8.5 and an Echo Layla 3G PCI interface The controller is connected via USB and I had zero detection issues. Version 1.2 of Analog Laboratory came on the disk. That installed and worked fine. The elicenser worked smoothly. It only took a few minutes to download the full license and update. The next day I downloaded the 1.3 update. That also installed without issue and is working just fine. I am NOT a midi/computer software geek, nor a keyboard player. I am a drummer who can play some guitar and bass and I wanted a synthesizer to add some pads, horns, and strings to my home recordings. There were some software synths that came with Sonar, but I get frustrated trying to configure them. I figured the Arturia system would help me get around that somewhat and provide me with with real nobs and buttons to make adjustments with. So far it's been as good and easy as I hoped it would be. The sounds are easy to scroll through and modify, and there are lots of good ones right out of the box. The controller is HEFTY. Everything seems solid about it, though as some reviewers have mentioned the keys have a lighter feel than your typical 'hardware' synth keyboard. I don't mind the trade off. It may feel like a $300 keyboard, but the quality of sound is equal to that of the original $1,000-and-up hardware synths. I've only had the Laboratory for a few days, and I still haven't taken the time to figure out how to use the sequencer or drum pads, but the sounds I can get right out of the box are great. That, and the ease of use make the 'Art Lab' a great buy, especially for a synth and midi-challenged noob like me. Hope that is helpful to some of you folks shopping around. D
    49-key controller, Pitch and Mod wheels, Volume control, two-function category/preset selection rotary/push-button knobs, Octave adjust (up or down 3), 10 instant recall sound setting buttons, sequencer control panel, 10 rotary modulation control knobs, 9 envelope faders, 4 drum pads, USB and Midi in-out connectivity, 6V power supply connector for standalone use as midi controller, breath control connection, Sustain Pedal jack, Expression pedal jack, aux jack, on-off rocker switch, Aluminum chasis with wood sides, comes with USB cable and Analog Laboratory software with 3500 sounds.
    Better quality keys/action would make this a 10.
    Lots of bells and whistles, and 3500 sounds. Hard to beat.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    2 Very Integrated Products = 1 Great Synth

    Comments about Arturia Analog Experience - The Laboratory 49:

    There are really 2 different products here: a keyboard controller and a sound set with thousands of sounds.

    The keyboard looks and works great. It is solid and heavy, which instills confidence. The wood siding adds a touch of class. The keyboard feels a little soft at first - I will use other keyboards for piano sounds but it is great for synth and orchestral sounds. The response is very fast - I can drum on the same key with 2 fingers as fast or faster than any keyboard I've played.

    Aftertouch is bit sensitive but works great - I use aftertouch all of the time and think this works fine.

    The knobs are a little smaller than I expected but they work fine. The wheels, on the otherhand, seem a bit small and cheap - perhaps my least favorite part of the keyboard.

    I picked up the set of Arturia Analog instruments at about the same time as this. I love the sound and this gives me a lot of flexibility.

    Without the full version you do have a lot of control over the sounds. You can tweak them quite a bit, creating whole new sounds. Thenumber of sounds is just huge - I haven't gone through them all. There are quite a few very useful sounds including and, as I said, they can be tweaked to your liking.

    This is a bit of a resource hog, but typically I didn't see processor go over 8% too often on my 4 year old Core 2 Dou setup when playing a single sound. Some sounds I can grab a handful of notes and do a filter sweep and never see it go above 0% (I no it does, just too low to register).

    I noticed a lot of latency I didn't see in the full instruments. Looking into it deeper you can set the sample rate/latency on this. It defaults (at least on my setup) to an extremely so responce. Once the responce is back to normal it felt like playing a "real" instrument.

    That last sentence is the key to this package - the controller and sounds are perfectly integrated. You play the keyboard and the sounds seem natural. You reach up and change an envelop parameter and it changes in real time as you play. Everything is laid out like the hardware you are playing is the synth. One problem, though sometimes if I turn a knob I can hear discrete steps instead of a smooth sweep. the faster I twist the more I hear this. Putting the same parameters on the modwheel in the full versions I did not hear this effect so I assume it is the signal the knob sends instead of the computer. I've worked around it very well.

    Some complain about the install. I use Cubase so it went smootly onto my "dongle". I've read that if you don't have a dongle you can call Customer support, unregister the computer, move it to another and reinstall. I've done this with other software and understand the need - I'd rather have a minute of inconvinience than have the company go out of business because more people steal the software than buy it.

    Overall I have reall enjoyed playing the controller with this and orchestral sounds. I think the soundset is great and offers great flexibility (though I like the full versions). What makes this, though, is the tight integration between the two.

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