Arturia’s MicroLab is a portable MIDI controller with powerful features

25-key controller comes in three striking colours.

Arturia MicroLab in use

Arturia has launched MicroLab, a compact MIDI controller targeted at on-the-go music-makers. The controller boasts 25 keys, thoughtful design features and a bump-resistant rubberised shell.

For MicroLab’s keys, Arturia has opted for the same velocity-sensitive, slim-keys as its KeyStep controller. The keys are complemented by a hold button – for instant sustain – and a shift key. The latter can be held down to enter Chord mode, which lets you assign a chord to a single key. Sounds can further be shaped by two touch strips that govern pitch bend and mod control respectively.

Arturia MicroLab group shot

On the hardware front, MicroLab comes in a rubberised shell that’s resistant to “bumps and scrapes”, according to Arturia. It also boasts recesses on its side – to stow its USB cable – and has recessed keys that are designed not to get caught on other items in your bag.

Software-wise, MicroLab comes with three free titles: Analog Lab Lite, UVI Grand Piano Model D and Bitwig Studio 8-Track.

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Here’s an overview of MicroLab:

Retails at $89. Available in blue, orange and black. More info at arturia.com.

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