MiniLab First Use

Using your new Arturia MiniLab for the first time

The MiniLab can be used as a general purpose MIDI controller.
To do so you just have to activate the MiniLab MIDI port within your favorite software :

The encoders on MiniLab support both RELATIVE and ABSOLUTE operation modes.
These modes define the way our encoders can send their data.
When you power up the MiniLab it automatically recalls a default preset with all the encoders set to RELATIVE mode.
This is done so that the Analog Lab software, which comes with your purchase of MiniLab, responds in the most musically useful way possible.

Most MIDI software and hardware devices work in ABOLUTE mode.
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Many other software applications do not recognize RELATIVE mode controls so you will need to use Absolute mode to work with many of these other applications.

How to change operation mode

The MiniLab has a set of user presets that are installed at the factory.

Factory preset #1 has all the encoders set to ABSOLUTE mode.This will make them work correctly with
most plug-ins and hosts.
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To go into a preset with Absolute mode encoders: simply recall preset #1 by pressing and holding SHIFT and pressing PAD 1.

Factory Preset #2 has all the encoders set to RELATIVE mode.
Use these settings for operation with Analog Lab and our Ableton Live control scripts.
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To return to Relative mode simply recall preset #2 by pressing and holding SHIFT and pressing PAD 2 or disconnect and reconnect your USB cable.

NOTE: the above assumes that you have not written over these preset locations with new data using

Technical stuff for those who want to know more


Relative mode means that the encoders send MIDI messages that can increment or decrement a parameter without
there being jumps in the values. This allows for smooth operation and allows for greater interaction in applications that
support this type of MIDI data. Example:
If the encoders are set to RELATIVE 1 (using the free MIDI CONTROL CENTER software), the encoders will send a stream of
MIDI messages with data values of 65-67 when turned clockwise and will send a string of MIDI message 63-61 when turned
counter clockwise. The faster you turn the encoder, the higher or lower the data value. Relative 2 and Relative 3 modes
are similar in operation but send different values.

Absolute mode is the standard method of sending MIDI data. When an encoder is moved, it will send a value based on
the last value it sent. Example:
The Encoder last sent a value of 32. When the encoder is turned clockwise, it will send 33, 34, 35, …. in increasing amounts
up to 127. If you turned it counter clockwise, it would send the data 31, 30, 29, …. in decreasing amounts to a value of 0.

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