Arturia KeyLab Essential 88
Overview by GAK
The Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 is one of the most compact, fully featured and affordable 88-key MIDI controller keyboards around. For studio-based producers and live performers alike, the KeyLab Essential 88 is primed to become the centrepiece of your setup thanks to its intuitive control layout and deep software intergration.
Compact & Fully Featured
Arturia’s KeyLab Essential 88 is the largest model in the series and is an ideal choice for players that require the full range of an acoustic piano or plan on performing Classical pieces. If you’re a gigging keyboardist that opts for a laptop-based setup, the KeyLab Essential 88 is a solid, lightweight & compact solution that is a lot easier to transport. When used in tandem with the included UVI Grand Piano Model D software, the KeyLab Essential 88 provides the most authentic playing experience and also gives you more notes to work with when using Analog Lab’s Split patches. Plus, with its array of hands-on controls and adept software integration, it’s also a top choice for studio-based producers and composers too.
Beautiful Hybrid Action
The crowning jewel of the KeyLab Essential 88’s feature-set is its hybrid synth/piano action and full-sized keys. Arturia have thoughtfully designed this velocity-sensitive keybed to be both well-graded & controllable, it strikes a great balance between a lightning-fast synth keybed (that’s comfortable on the wrists during extended playing sessions) and a weightier, more expressive piano feel.
We highly recommend Arturia’s KeyLab Essential 88 if you’re a player, producer or composer that needs a highly compact & fully-featured controller keyboard with a full range & a top-notch keybed. The incredible software suite that comes bundled with the KeyLab Essential 88 is the icing on the cake!
Check out the limited-run Black Edition of the KeyLab Essential 88.
- 88 light piano-style keys with velocity and aftertouch
- Clickable encoder, 9 rotary knobs, 9 30mm faders, 13 control switches
- Functions as a universal MIDI controller-Full Mackie / HUI control compatibility
- MIDI Out-USB connectivity-Sustain pedal input
- 6 transport buttons, 4 command buttons-Mod & pitch bend wheel
- 8 touch and pressure-sensitive pads.
- Twin-line LCD screen displays preset names and parameter info
- Chord Play mode
- Perfect Analog Lab integration: Select sounds, browse presets, switchparts, smart-assigned controls
- Includes Analog Lab with over 6,500 synth sounds
- Intelligent, tag-based sound navigation with Analog Lab: search by type and instrument, or by sonic characteristics like “aggressive” or “evolving”
- Includes Ableton Live Lite for recording your performances
- Includes UVI Grand Piano Model D for additional acoustic piano sounds
Great addition to my studio as I’m just rebuilding it but plays flawlessly and is as simple as plug and play in any daw with little else to worry about ????