Arturia’s BeatStep and MiniLab go back to black

Arturia Minilab Black Edition 6
Arturia Minilab Black Edition 6

Arturia MiniLab Black Edition

Limited editions of the two controllers will also include additional software such as UVI’s Grand Piano Model D virtual instrument

Within weeks of the NAMM Show 2016 in Anaheim, French music software and hardware developer Arturia has announced availability of limited edition black versions of the BeatStep and MiniLab. The value of both controllers has been increased by bundling them with Arturia and third-party software.

The BeatStep is a multi-purpose controller and sequencer featuring 16 backlit pads, 16 assignable encoders and transport controls. The new limited edition black BeatStep comes bundled with Oberheim SEM V — Arturia’s software recreation of the original Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module (SEM) — alongside Arturia’s Analog Lab, a synthesizer solution with more than 6,000 presets. Bundled third-party software includes Ableton Live 9 Lite and UVI’s Grand Piano Model D, a sample-based virtual instrument delivering the sound of the Steinway Model D concert grand piano. The BeatStep also benefits from a firmware update to version 1.2, with neat new features such as resetting factory presets.

The MiniLab is a portable, universal MIDI controller with 25 mini-keys plus pitch and modulation touch-strip controls, two banks of velocity-sensitive backlit performance pads and 16 full-size rotary encoders. It too benefits from the black treatment and is also being bundled with additional software from Arturia (Oberheim SEM V), UVI (Grand Piano Model D), and Ableton (Live 9 Lite).

Arturia’s BeatStep and MiniLab Black editions are available to purchase for €99 (approx. £76) each. For more in-depth information, visit:

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