Arturia has revealed the latest member of the KeyLab Essential family. They tell us that KeyLab Essential 88 is a powerful 88-note controller keyboard that’s packed with inspiring features, streamlines your workflow, comes with a fantastic bundle of software, and is friendly on your wallet.
A spokesperson had this to say about it, “One of the most affordable 88-note controllers on the market, it features an all-new keybed that strikes the perfect balance between fast synth action and a traditional weighted piano feel. Thanks to the fantastic features and included software, KeyLab Essential 88 provides everything they need to create and record music straight out of the box. Its intuitive performance controls, perfect Analog Lab support, and excellent DAW integration mean it’ll inspire you every day, and improve the way you make and perform music.”
Here’s more details direct from Arturia…
- 88 note, velocity sensitive keyboard with hybrid synth-piano feel.
- 16 back-lit, customizable performance pads
- 9 faders & rotary encoders
- Mackie / HUI compliant DAW Command Center
- Clickable jog-wheel
- Velocity & modulation wheels
- Full Analog Lab integration
- “Chord play” mode
- Twin-line LCD screen
- Class-compliant USB: use with iOS and Android devices
- Optional sustain pedal and DC power supply
An incredible controller in its own right, this centrepiece of your studio also comes complete with one of the best collections of bonus software around:
Perfectly integrated synths and keyboards
Your go-to choice for inspiration, creativity, and performance. Over 6500 amazing keyboard presets taken from over 30 classic instruments, intuitive controls, and seamless integration. Discover inspiration at every step on your musical journey.
Ableton Live Lite
Record, mix, and release your tracks
An introduction to the world of Ableton Live, a high-powered software suite used by top producers, DJs, performers, and remixers all around the world. Live Lite lets you record your ideas, layer tracks, warp audio, and release your productions.
UVI Grand Piano Model D
Beautifully sampled iconic piano
Straight from the world’s greatest concert halls and recording studios. KeyLab Essential also includes UVI’s recreation of the Steinway Model D grand piano, sampled in exquisite detail, ready for you to play, and free of charge.
KeyLab Essential 88 is everything you could want in a low-cost 88 note controller. It can easily be carried by one person, it has a clear but stylish design, it gives you deep integration with your favorite DAWs and software instruments, and gives you full creative range for your keyboard playing.
Pricing and Availability:
This new model of KeyLab Essential will begin shipping worldwide in Spring 2020.
KeyLab Essential 88 will retail for $349 / 349 €