I’m beginning to get concerned that all it takes is wood ears on a piece of gear for me to want it. Arturia’s Analog Experience The Laboratory is their premium model in their Analog Experience product line.
licenced emulations of minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80 V, ARP2600 V, Jupiter-8V, Prophet 5 and Prophet VS are all under the bonnet
A 49 key keyboard with velocity and aftertouch, pitch bend and mod wheels, ten rotary encoders, nine sliders, four velocity and pressure sensitive pads, transport, buttons for preset browsing and other functions, and a screen to keep your eyes on the instrument not the monitor… is only half the proposition of The Laboratory.
Arturia’s licenced emulations of minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80 V, ARP2600 V, Jupiter-8V, Prophet 5 and Prophet VS are all under the bonnet of the included software, and provide 3500 tweakable presets mapped directly to the keyboard’s controls straight out of the box. What’s more, if you own the full version of any of the Arturia synths, The Laboratory links to the synth and unlocks total patch editing.
I/O on the keyboard includes DIN MIDI in and out as well as three pedal inputs. The software will run as a plugin and as standalone, and the keyboard can of course be used as a standard MIDI controller. At USD 399 / 349 EURO, this has the potential to be a great addition to a studio – I’m looking forward to running my fingers over those wooden ears and finding out. Even if it’s faux wood.