KeyLab MkII - General Questions

Do you have questions about Keylab MkII? You will likely find an answer here.

keylab mkii modes

Analog Lab Mode: When enabled, the KeyLab MkII encoders, faders and browsing interface will control Analog Lab. Allowing to browse through the banks, filters and presets, and edit your sounds in real time.

Daw mode: Press the DAW button to take control of your favourite DAW parameters, using the scripts for Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Studio One and Reaper, or the standard MCU / HUI protocols.

User Mode: The user mode offers up to 10 customisable user presets. This lets you set your MIDI controller assignments for nearly everything on the front and rear panels.
For each user preset, encoders and faders can be assigned to 3 different functions, split between Bank 1, Bank 2 and Bank 3.
The presets can be named for quick identification, as can all three banks of encoders and faders.

The Ground loop adapter supplied with the KeyLab mkII stands for two functions:

1. Split the USB data and power.
This allows to connect the KeyLab mkII to devices that can not deliver enough current to power it.
This way, you can plug your KeyLab to mobile devices likes tablets or iPads on the data side of the adapter, and use an external USB AC/DC on the power side of the adapter.

2. Kill potential ground loop effects
Ground loops can eventually be faced when using CV / Gate, USB, creating under some circumstances a parasitic noise.
In case you notice a hiss in your audio chain, we advise to use this isolator to split the ground and stop this effect.

keylab mkii ground isolator
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Pad mode:
Touch a pad and it can play a note or send a MIDI message of some sort. The response can be defined from the front panel or by using the MIDI Control Center.
Chord memory mode: Each pad stores a chord that can be played from that pad.
Chord Transpose mode: Each pad stores a chord that can be played from the keyboard. The Chord button must be lit to use Chord Transpose mode.
Yes, definitely. However, an iPad cannot provide enough power to the KeyLab MkII.
But thanks to the Ground Loop adapter, you can bring power from an external USB phone charger and plug the KeyLab to your iPad.

ipad ground adapter
1. Enter the mode (the pads flash differently for each mode)
2. Press and hold the Chord button (next to the trans button)
3. Select a pad:
  • In Chord Memory mode the selected pad will turn green.
  • In Chord Transpose mode the selected pad will turn purple.
4. The previously-stored chord will be auditioned for reference
5. Play a chord on the keyboard, either all notes at once or one note at a time
6. Release the Chord button
7. The pad will flash to indicate that the chord has been recorded
8. You can repeat steps 2-7 on any pad to store multiple chords.
Once the chord has been recorded, each mode offers a different way to play the chord back.

♪: Remember to save the User preset after building chords on the pads in any mode.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.