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Arturia Keylab Essential 88 MIDI Controller

Keylab Essential 88 88-Key MIDI Controller with Transport Controls, Twin Line LCD Display, 8 Trigger/Pads, and Non-Motorized Faders. Includes Analog Lab, UVI Grand Piano, and Ableton Live Lite.


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SKU: A230541XX-P

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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.

Inspiration in Your Hands
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.

In Tune with Your Studio
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.

Included Software
With 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
  • Includes MIDI cable

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Things You Will Get:

  • MIDI Controller
  • USB Cable



Looks good but they could be done a better job with the action key






Looks good but the keys are a little to plastic to me



Solid Controller


I got this controller to use as a slave to my main keyboard which has weighted keys designed to feel like an acoustic piano. I wanted something with non weighted keys and this was a good option price wise for me. Really enjoy the solid construction of it. It's not too light and feels sturdy. The wood side paneling is a nice touch too. Its a good controller, would recommend it to anyone looking for a controller with 88 non weighted keys



Great buy, especially for the price!


I have only had it for about 2 weeks but so far so good. The semi weighted keys have a great feel to them. The knobs and sliders feel good. Syncs up well with MOST DAWS. Analog Lab is great and has some rich sounds. My personal favorite so far is the B3 organ. I love how you can pretty much control it almost like a real organ. Only two issues I have are the following: 1. When used in conjunction with Reason the sliders and knobs have to manually be mapped with every instance of Analog Lab. So for every an instrument that you use you have to spend time mapping the controls which can be a pain and time consuming. I contacted Arturia and there is no workaround for this. If you use Reason keep that in mind. Also, it only maps the transport functions inside of Pro Tools which is understandable because of the way Avid works. 2. Coming from the world of the MPC it would be nice if the 8 pads had a bank in which you can switch to the other drum sounds that are assigned to that instrument. Either you have to manually map the other sounds to the pads by using the other User presets or you just have to be ok playing them on the actual keys.



This midi controller is a must have!


User friendly interface and a great natural feel at the right price make this midi controller a must have!



Best controller by far


I have multiple keyboards and i was looking for a midi controller to run mainstage, ableton, soft synths... this controller is amazing for these features and it comes packed with sounds as well! I would recommend this controller to anyone for any application. The keybed feels so good as well... Im use to using weighted keys and these are semi weighted and give me that feel i was looking for...



Keylab Essential 88 MIDI Controller

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Midi Controller Type Keyboard
Number of Keys 88
Type of Action Waterfall
After Touch No
Arpeggiator Yes
Knobs/Encoders Yes
Number of Knobs/Encoders 9
Faders Yes
Fader Type Non-Motorized
Trigger/Pads Yes
Number of Trigger/Pads 8
Digital Display Type Twin Line LCD
Transport Controls Yes
Software Included Analog Lab, UVI Grand Piano, Ableton Live Lite
Pedal Input Yes
Connections MIDI Out, USB, 9V
OS Compatibility Mac ,  PC
Mac OS Requirements 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 2GB free hard disk space
PC OS Requirements Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 2GB free hard disk space
Power Supply Type 9VDC, Not included
Weight 18.7 lb
Dimensions 49.59 x 10.26 x 2.48 inches (WxHxD)
Series Keylab
Model 230541
Information not available

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