Arturia Unveils New Keylab Essential MIDI Controllers

Arturia have announced a new 'essentials' range of keyboard-based MIDI controllers as part of the Keylab series. Although these are kind to your wallet they don't hold back on controls and features.

Today is the first day of Musikmesse 2017, and Arturia have announces the imminent release of KeyLab Essential - an affordable, yet fully-featured range of universal MIDI controller keyboards.

Created with the budget-conscious musician in mind, KeyLab Essential provides everything they need to create and record music straight out of the box. The 49- and 61-note controllers are packed with intuitive performance controls, feature powerful DAW integration and come with 3 incredible software titles.

KeyLab Essential features:

  • 49 / 61-note velocity sensitive keyboard

  • Pitch bend & modulation wheels

  • Transposition by semitones & octaves

  • MCU / HUI comprehensive DAW integration compliant for

  • 8 RGB back-lit, multi-purpose performance pads

  • 9 faders & rotary encoders

  • DAW Command Center & transport section

  • 1 DAW-assigned memory (mapping for knobs & faders to control panning and level of tracks)

  • 1 Analog Lab-assigned memory (mapping for knobs & faders to control essential parameters in Arturia


  • 6 fully-customizable user memories

  • “Chord play” mode

  • Twin-line LCD screen

  • Class-compliant USB, enabling use with iOS and Android devices

  • Comprehensive music software bundle included

  • Optional sustain pedal and DC power supply

Keylab Essentials with Ableton Live.

Combining a stylish, rugged MIDI keyboard, DAW controls, deep integration and iconic music software, KeyLab Essential is set to become the go-to choice for producers and musicians who want maximum bang for their buck.

Plus Keylab Essential controllers come with three pieces of software:

  1. Analog Lab 2 - A collection of over 5,000 keyboard presets taken from the award-winning V Collection, powered by Arturia’s exclusive TAE® technology. Featuring every type of sound you can imagine, from analog monosynths to lush pianos, organs to digital powerhouses and everything in between, and all accessible through an easy to navigate, tag-based browser.
  2. Ableton Live Lite - 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.
  3. UVI Grand Piano Model D - 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 will begin shipping worldwide in June 2017.

The 49-key version will retail for 199 € / US$ 249 The 61-key version will retail for 249 € / US$ 299

For more information on features, specifications and dimensions, visit the KeyLab Essential pages on the Arturia website:



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