by Robin Vincent | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Arturia Black Edition

Arturia Black Edition - that's not really that black is it?  ·  Source: Arturia


Arturia are the music technology arbiters of grace and style. When they paint it black you can expect the industry to follow suit. The new Black Edition Keylab 88 and MiniLab MkII will unlock your creativity and take you deeper into your music like no other colour can.


Black Edition

As Coco Chanel once said:

“I imposed black; it is still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around.”

And Christian Dior backs that up beautifully:

You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion; a little black frock MIDI controller is essential to a woman’s wardrobe music production.

And of course, we can all relate to the importance of what we project through the colour of our MIDI controller.

Johnny Cash had this to say on the matter:


I wore black because I liked it. I still do and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion—against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.

Italian designer Ricardo Tisci believes that:

Black is always elegant. It is the most complete color in the whole world, made of all the colors in the palette.

But will this change in hue, this conversion or attraction of all colours into one ultimate colour bring forth a more creative path?

Louise Nevelson believes it brings everything:

But when I fell in love with black, it contained all color. It wasn’t a negation of color. It was an acceptance. Because black encompasses all colors. Black is the most aristocratic color of all … You can be quiet, and it contains the whole thing.

So Arturia are taking the wisdom of Henry-“You can have any color, as long as it’s black.”-Ford and are running with it. No other change matters. No upgrade no enhancement, no extra control or MIDI shinanigans, this is all about the colour. Or at least until, as Wednesday Addams elegantly puts it:

I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.

The Black Edition Keylab 88 and MiniLab MkII are available now in a striking black finish.

More information:

  • Arturia’s Black Edition webpage
  • More quotes about black.
Arturia Black Edition

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2 responses to “Arturia go back to black for Keylab 88 and MiniLab MkII”

    hungedu says:

    An Origin update in black would be cool, too.

    Eli Gomez says:

    Please bring it back in black for the 61 & 49 key again!

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