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In this video from Youtuber loopop, we get a thorough comparison between the Arturia KeyLab MK2...

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Arturia KeyLab MK2 vs Essential - Thorough Comparison

In this video from Youtuber loopop, we get a thorough comparison between the Arturia KeyLab MK2 and the KeyLab Essential. Both similar at first glance, the MK2 costs twice as much as the Essential, and there are differences between the controllers that justify this pricing difference.

Video Index

  • 0:00 What do they do?
  • 1:45 Hardware compared
  • 3:45 Control modes
  • 4:05 User templates
  • 5:55 Controls & chords
  • 7:30 Analog Lab
  • 8:45 Lab integration
  • 10:10 DAW control
  • 11:10 Ableton Live
  • 12:05 Connectivity
  • 13:00 MK2+Eurorack
  • 15:10 Summary
  • 15:30 Alternatives

Additional differences not in the video:

  • 1. The MK2 has a hardware split option (in addition to the software option in Analog lab for both keyboards)
  • 2. MK2 can send NPRN, Essential cannot (thanks René Bohne)

The 49-key KeyLab Essential and KeyLab MK2 are priced at $249 and $499, respectively, and you can visit the Arturia website to learn more about each of these products.

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