Arturia KeyLab Essential 49
Overview by GAK
This is the 49-key version of Arturia’s KeyLab Essential - a feature packed, portable and afforadble MIDI controller keyboard. Featuring an intutive design that’s laden with plenty of tactile controls for your MIDI-enabled software & hardware, a great keybed and a compact form factor, the KeyLab Essential series is a top choice for performers, composers and producers.
Compact & Fully Featured
The 49-key rendition of Arturia’s KeyLab Essential features the lightest weight and greatest portability out of all the keyboards in the range, making it an ideal choice if you need an easily transportable solution for gigs or want to conserve space in your studio. Plus, it’s also the most affordable entry point into the KeyLab Essential series whilst retaining the exact same tactile controls, connectivity and features as its larger siblings. If you require additional range, we recommend taking a look at the 61 and 88-key models.
Slick Synth Action
Like the 61-key model, the Arturia KeyLab Essential 49 boasts a smooth synth-action keybed with velocity sensitivity. It’s expressive and feels fantastic, allowing you to pull off rapid lead runs, organ glissandos and intricate piano melodies with ease.
Arturia’s KeyLab Essential 49 represents outstanding value for money, giving you a top-notch controller keyboard and comprehensive software suite to complement. With this package, you'll have everything you need to start creating, composing and producing in an intuitive, fun way.
- Amazing bundled software: every KeyLab Essential comes with a powerful array of software titles that will inspire even the most seasoned professional. For those that are new to the music production world, KeyLab Essential has everything they need to start making music right out of the box, from the 5,000+ keyboard preset sounds in Analog Lab to the recording and producing power of Ableton Live Lite.
- Fully customizable: almost every component of KeyLab Essential can be customized to suit your own particular needs in a controller, and saved within the 6 user preset banks so you can quickly chop and change between settings. Perfect for live performance or controlling specific virtual instruments.
- DAW control: featuring full Mackie / HUI command support, you can control the most used functions of your DAW directly from your keyboard, letting you spend more time creating and less time switching between your controller and your keyboard & mouse.
- Great feeling keys: a key component often overlooked on other controllers - the KeyLab Essential offers a beautifully playable, synth-action keyboard for you to hammer out melodies for years to come.
- Assignable faders and rotaries: easily control your DAW’s mixer, then at the flick of a switch start tweaking Analog Lab’s sound parameters. KeyLab Essential offers outstanding workflow options, and will keep up with even the most hands-on producers.
- Solid RGB performance pads: the dual-function pads let you hammer out a rhythm one moment, select your user maps another, and trigger your own custom command the next. You can even select their color to keep your live set organized.
- Chord play for quicker, thicker sounds: straight out of the fabled Arturia BeatStep Pro, the Chord feature lets you tap in your preferred chord and instantly transpose it to any key you touch.
- MIDI and power via USB: power sockets and USB slots are precious commodities in the streamlined, modern studio. KeyLab Essential sends and receives all its MIDI data and is powered by just one single USB connection. It’s even “class compliant”, so you can also use it with your iOS or Android device.
- MIDI Out: To connect to external harwware and modules, a MIDI Out socket is included.
Banging piece of kit. The Analogue lab software is worth the price on its own and to get a very responsive controller with oodles of versatility is top notch. The fact that you get an all in the box kit with Ableton Live Lite thrown in the mix is incredible. Great for all producers of all ability levels. Good build quality and looks beautiful. Keys feel a little 'plasticy' but for less than £200 quid I'm not sure you could expect more! Well worth anyone's money and I cannot recommend more!
Well made! Easy to use ????
Would recommend this for everyone
Exceptional. Brilliant to use straight out of the box. Now just mapping it to my DAW to get the most from it.