There are no huge changes, just a few subtle improvements here and there
Arturia has announced a MkII version of MiniLab, the portable MIDI controller keyboard that the company first launched in 2013.
Like its predecessor, the MiniLab MkII features a 25-key (two-octave) keyboard, 16 rotary knobs and eight velocity-sensitive pads, though the latter now come backlit in a range of colours. It now, however, features an even more compact design than previously, with the two ribbon controllers and four buttons on the left-hand side now moved above the keyboard to make the unit shorter and slightly wider than before.
Also like the original MiniLab, on the software front the MkII comes with bundled copies of Ableton Live Lite and Arturia's own Analog Lab. But you now also get a copy of UVI Grand Piano Model D thrown in for good measure.
Arturia says it has redesigned the unit "in response to user feedback," and it's certainly true to say that it's been tweaked slightly rather than being completely overhauled. But given that it sells for the same €99 asking price as the original, who's grumbling?
The video below will give you more idea of the MiniLab MkII's capabilities. For full details, see Arturia's own website.