Hi Arturia --
I just received an ad for the Keylab 61 and I have a few questions. I am a performance keyboardist who does NOT use a laptop or other computer on stage (I have a desktop system I can use at home to configure), but I use three MIDI keyboards.
(Please note: There are a lot of reasons I don't want to drag a laptop to a gig, but one reason is that I don't own one suitable and have no plans to buy one. Also, I am an accomplished professional jazz/rock pianist/synthesist and I really dislike the ASIO/CoreAudio latency of just about everything out there - if that doesn't bother you, then great, but I play very fast and it's quite annoying. So I will be sticking to hardware synths for quite a while).
I also understand that a lot of keyboard synths today really require a laptop, so if the Keylab isn't for me, that's fine.
So I have a couple of questions:
1. Is the Keylab a standalone synthesizer with onboard sounds, or is it just a MIDI controller when used without a laptop?
2. If it is a standalone synth with onboard sounds, can those sounds be modified in real time (ie changing cutoff freq, filter attack, etc) during performance WITHOUT a laptop? It’s OK for me if the main synth programming is done at home WITH a computer.
3a. It would be great also if I could define multiple keyboard zones, some of which are MIDI zones, so I can control other keyboards/modules in my rig. Can the Keylab split the keyboard into multiple zones and play for example an external MIDI module with one zone while playing an onboard Minimoog V sound with another key zone?
3b. If you can split the keyboard into multiple zones as I just mentioned, can these zone configurations (aka “templates” using Novation X-Station parlance) be saved as internal presets (again, with no laptop involved)? If so, can each zone send out a MIDI bank select and program change message automatically whenever that preset is selected, so my modules will be playing the right sounds at that time?
4. If zone configs or templates can be saved, how many presets can be stored onboard? I really need at least 80, and ideally it would be great to have 128 or even more if possible.