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Arturia Keylab Essential 88 MK3


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KeyLab Essential 88 mk3

Full-size universal Midi controller

Take command of your sounds, and perform like you’ve always dreamed of. KeyLab Essential 88 is an intuitive, powerful, carefully crafted controller with a full size keyboard that invites you to unleash your creative flow with note-spanning flair.

Multi-octave Expression

Whether you’re a beginner piano player or producer, an experienced music maker, or anyone in between, unlock your creative potential with the full-reach of an 88 key MIDI controller that fits seamlessly into any workflow.

One-size fits all

Whether you are seeking your first keyboard to kick-start a piano playing and production journey, or you simply want the freedom of having every key at hand in your studio or stage setup – KeyLab Essential 88 meets the needs of professional performers and beginner keyboardists alike.

All the sounds you need

Enjoy next-level control over your DAW projects & plugins as well as seamless communication with Analog Lab and a bundle of pro creative software to supercharge your creativity – all in one.

Quickly inspire new ideas

KeyLab Essential 88 doesn’t just help you play & navigate your projects – it’s also built to inspire. Summon catchy melodies, curious rhythms, and moving chord sequences with its array of creative features, and see where it can take your sound.

That quality feeling

You want the feeling of a premium instrument, the flexibility of a top-class controller, and all-round ease-of-use. KeyLab Essential’s semi-weighted keybed and smart layout puts it all at your fingertips.


Main Features

Premium Keybed quality

  • 88-note velocity-sensitive semi-weighted keyboard

Pads & controls

  • 1 clickable encoder
  • 9 rotary encoders
  • 9 x 30mm faders
  • 8 transport switches
  • 4 command switches
  • 1 modulation wheel & bend wheel
  • 8 touch & pressure-sensitive pads

Display control

  • 2.5” LCD display with contextual buttons
  • Real-time feedback on tweaks and controls

Smart features

  • Multi-mode arpeggiator
  • Chord mode
  • Scale mode
  • Hold function
  • Semitone transpose

Software integration

  • Seamless integration with Analog Lab Pro and V Collection: select sounds, browse presets, smart-assigned controls
  • Custom DAW scripts for FL Studio, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Cubase, Bitwig Studio
  • Also compatible with MCU/HUI control
  • Up to 6 user presets for a totally customizable experience

Included Software titles & services

  • Analog Lab Pro software with 2000+ sounds
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Native Instruments’ The Gentleman
  • UVI Model D
  • 2-month Loopcloud subscription
  • Melodics subscription for 40 lessons


  • USB-C connects to computers and MIDI Control Center
  • MIDI 5-pin DIN output for connection to external instruments, gear
  • Control input for pedal: sustain, expression, or footswitch
  • USB-C powered

Platform specifications


  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).


  • Mac OS 11+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Work with ASC

  • An elegant and simple solution to help you install, activate, and update your Arturia software instruments



Box content

  • KeyLab Essential Unit
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Registration card


  • Size : 49.53 x 10.04 x 2.63 inches (1258 x 255 x 66.8mm)
  • Weight : 18.08 lbs. (8.2 Kg)