Arturia KeyLab Essential MIDI controllers now shipping
The Arturia KeyLab Essential MIDI controllers come in two derivatives; the 49 or 61 key version and also include the Analog Lab software suite which offers over 5,000 sounds to explore and use to create with.
Arturia say that the new and improved KeyLab Essential range place emphasis on putting the essential and most frequently used controls right at your fingertips, thus ensuring a smooth and fast workflow.
KeyLab Essential also features dedicated DAW controls, backlit performance pads, faders and rotaries which can be assigned to any plugin instrument.
The interface is highly customisable but the controllers also come with 6 dedicated user maps.
The bundled software includes Analog Lab software suite, Ableton Lite and UVI Grand Piano Model D, a Steinway sampled grand piano.
Arturia KeyLab Essential Features at a glance
- Software Specifications:
- Includes Analog Lab software with 5000 synth sounds
- Includes Ableton Live Lite
- Includes UVI Grand Piano model D
- Hardware Specifications:
- 61 keys with velocity
- Controllers: 1 clickable encoder, 9 encoders, 9 30mm faders, 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
- MCU/HUI control compatibility
- Chord Play mode
- Perfect Analog Lab 2 integration:
- Select sounds, browse presets, switch parts, smart-assigned controls.
- Standalone or plug-in operation: VST, VST3, AU, AAX.
- Over 5,000 TAE® powered preset sounds from Arturia’s award-winning V Collection
- Ableton Live 9 Lite – record, layer, and edit your sounds to create a finished song.
- UVI Grand Piano Model D – Sample-based software recreation of Steinway classic.
- Compatible with all major Digital Audio Workstation: Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, FL Studio, Bitwig, Cubase, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One *
Price: 49-keys: €199 (R 2,995 – estimate) / 61-keys: €249 (R 3,500 – estimate)
Watch the KeyLab Essential performance video: