KeyLab Essential - Tips & Tricks


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Check out some KeyLab Essential tips and tricks.

          Factory reset          
  Hold the "Octave up" & "Octave down" buttons while powering it up.  

  Once the unit has powered up, press the Jog-wheel to confirm. 

 
  Panic
  (All notes off)

  Left Arrow + Right Arrow simultaneously.
The Keylab Essential has 8 memories. Two of them are not editable (read-only), however the six remaining can be fully customised.
Here's some easy to follow steps on how to customize KeyLab Essential's memory.

A/ Create a new configuration

1 - Open the Midi Control Center & select your Keylab Essential.

2 - Click on the "New" Button

3 - Edit the parameters to your convenience.

4 - Click the "Save" to save the changes made on the template.

5 - Drag & Drop the template in one of the user memories.

edit memory kle

B/ Recall your configuration

1- Press the Map Select button

2- Press the pad corresponding to the memory where you stored the configuration.

3- The memory associated parameters should now be recalled.

map select
Here's a list of the recommended protocols for some common DAWs.

 MCU                                                                        HUI                                                                                                    
 
 Ableton Live 9

 FL Studio 12

 Studio One 3

 Reaper 5

 Bitwig 2

 Logic Pro X

 ProTools 12

 Cubase 9


Depending on each DAW and the way they are managing the MCU/HUI protocols, some features may not be properly working.

See below the unsupported functions per DAW. 

 Function                                                                Not compatible with                                                                        
Save
 Ableton Live 9  
 Bitwig 2

Metronome
 FL Studio 12
 ProTools 12
 Cubase 9


 Undo

 FL Studio 12
 Punch  
FL Studio 12
 Reaper 5

 Forward/Rewind 
 No led feedback

Reaper 5
Bitwig 2

 Save
 No led feedback

 Cubase 9

 Undo 
No led feedback

Studio One 3 
 Cubase 9



Command center with your favourite DAW:


Below, you'll find instructions on how to use KeyLab Essential's DAW Command Center with your favorite DAW.

The Keylab Essential is deeply integrated as a control surface device since Ableton Live 9.7.4.

To use it as a control surface device:

1- Open Ableton Live preferences and go to the MIDI section

2- In the Control Surface section > Control Surface dropdown list > select "Keylab Essential"

3- Select "Keylab Essential DAW In" in the Input drop down list. (On Windows, select Arturia Keylab Essential Port 2)

kle control surface input
4- Select "Keylab Essential DAW Out" in the Output drop down list. (On Windows, select Arturia Keylab Essential Port 2)

kle control surface output
5- Then from the KeyLab, simply recall the dedicated Control Surface memory. To do that, Enable the Map Select mode, and press pad 2.

map select
6- Your KeyLab should now be mapped to Ableton Live.
1 - Go to Logic preferences > Control Surfaces > Setup...

logic preferences2 - Then click on New > Install 

3 - In the Control Surfaces list, select Mackie Designs > Mackie Control

logic select mackie
4 - Then right click on the controller icon and click "Show Inspector"

5 - In Output Port select "Arturia Keylab Essential 61 DAW Output"

     In Input Port select "Arturia Keylab Essential 61 DAW Output"

logic in out
1 - Open the MIDI Control Center, select your Keylab Essential in the device list and click on the Device Settings tab.

2 - In DAW Mode select HUI

mcc hui
3 - In Cubase Preferences > Device > Device Setup section click on the + (add) button and Select Mackie HUI.

4 - In MIDI Input Select "Arturia Keylab Essential DAW In"

5 - In MIDI Output Select "Arturia Keylab Essential DAW Out

cubase devicesetup
Note: the ports are called MIDIIN2 and MIDIOUT2 on Windows
1 - Open the MIDI Control Center, select your Keylab Essential in the device list and click on the Device Settings tab.

2 - In DAW Mode select HUI

mcc hui
3 - In the Setup menu, go to Peripherals > MIDI Controllers

4 - In Type, select HUI

5 - In Receive From: Select "Arturia Keylab Essential DAW Out"

6 - In Sent To: Select "Arturia Keylab Essential DAW In"

pro tools HUI
1 - Open Reaper's preferences menu 

2 - Go to the Control Surface section

3 - Click Add

4 - In Control Surface Mode, select Mackie Control Universal

5 - In MIDI Input Select "Arturia - Keylab Essential DAW In"

6 - In MIDI Output Select "Arturia - Keylab Essential DAW Out"

reaper preferences controlsurface
Note 1: the ports are called MIDIIN2 and MIDIOUT2 on Windows

Note 2: To avoid any erratic fader behavior, please them to Jump Mode in the MIDI Control Center.
1 - Open Studio One's preferences > External Devices

2 - Click on Add and  in the list, go to Mackie and select Control

3 - In Receive From: Select "Arturia Keylab Essential DAW In"

4 - In Sent To: Select "Arturia Keylab Essential DAW In"

studio one preferences
Note: the ports are called MIDIIN2 and MIDIOUT2 on Windows
1 - Open FL Studio preferences > MIDI

2 - In the Output section: Set Arturia Keylab Essential MIDIOUT2 to Mackie Control Universal port 2

3 - In the Input section:  Set Arturia Keylab Essential as a Generic Controller on Port 1

                                       Set Arturia Keylab Essential MIDIIN2 to Mackie Control Universal Port 2

fl studio midi preferences

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