Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 Keyboard MIDI Controller, 88-Key

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Get the most from your VSTs! The Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 controller boasts 88 semi-weighted keys, 8 pads, and an array of faders and rotary knobs.

KeyLab Essential 88 is a high quality, versatile MIDI controller that will ignite your creativity and make the process of music-making easy and fun. The perfect combo of awesomely playable keys, rotary knobs, faders, and performance pads is only the start: KeyLab Essential 88 also includes a whole host of amazing audio software that will have you creating awesome music straight out of the box.


KeyLab Essential 88 puts vast, powerful controls at your fingertips in an elegant, affordable package. You have so much more to give than your computer keyboard and mouse will allow, so why restrict yourself? Having access to responsive, semi-weighted durable keys, as well as 8 backlit pads will give you the freedom to express your musical ideas, and the intelligently-assigned encoders, faders, and transport controls will give you the scope you need to craft your sound into a finished product.


KeyLab Essential 88 is packed with clever controls that help you make swift work of everyday tasks within your recording software. Play your track, jog forwards and back, save, toggle your metronome and loop, record, and punch in on the fly. These DAW command centre functionalities keep your hands on the controller and your mind in the music. As well as offering ultimate integration with Analog Lab, KeyLab Essential 88 is a universal MIDI controller, compatible with any third-party instruments or software.


With read more KeyLab Essential 88, you'll never be short of inspiration. To help you start making music right away, we've included an amazing collection of recording and performance software in the box: an astounding collection of over 6,500 sounds from the critically acclaimed V-Collection with Analog Lab, Ableton Live Lite, one of the world's favorite DAWs, and an exquisitely recreated Steinway Model D grand piano from UVI.


- Keyboard: 88 semi-weighted keys with velocity
- Controllers: clickable encoder, 9 rotary knobs, 9 30mm faders, 13 switches control, 6 transport switches, 4 command switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel, 8 touch and pressure-sensitive pads
- Connectivity: MIDI out, USB, Sustain pedal functions as a universal MIDI controller
- Twin-line LCD screen
- Perfect Analog Lab integration: Select sounds, browse presets, switch parts, smart-assigned controls.
- Full Mackie / HUI control compatibility
- Chord Play mode
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Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (4 ratings)
Submitted August 12, 2021 by a customer from

"Solidly-built midi controller"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Nice quality midi controller for the price. Good for writing and probably very useable in a live type situation too with the right audio setup going on. I have no idea what one of the other reviewers is talking about in terms of the included piano sounds. The Keylab I bought did come with a free, real, digitally recorded piano sound pack anyway, but it had to be downloaded separately (which actually sounds quite good and it's a steal to get this bundled with the keyboard for the price of this board), so maybe go give it a look. I might upgrade to the MKII someday for the fully weighted keybed, but this one still feels quite nice and serves its purpose. The bottom is made of metal which gives it a little more studiness - a nice little bonus. This thing definitely has some weight to it, and it doesn't look or feel cheap except for the weird fake-wood plastic panels on the ends, but the panels do give it a bit of a sleek look.
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