KeyLab 88 Black Edition: a professional-grade, 88-note MIDI controller keyboard

An extensive array of controls, a stylish yet amazingly lightweight design, and brilliant integration with laptops and tablets: KeyLab 88 Black Edition is perfect for modern keyboard players, pianists, demanding stage performers, and professional producers who will not compromise on quality. KeyLab 88 Black Edition sets a new standard in professional controller keyboards, with a sleek new finish to match.

Everything Under Control

As a professional hybrid synthesizer, KeyLab 88 Black Edition offers the immediacy of a hardware synthesizer combined with the flexibility of a software-based solution.

First and foremost, KeyLab 88 Black Edition is a superb Universal MIDI controller, compatible with any third-party software and hardware. MIDI Assignments can be customized for virtually any form of music technology using the LED screen or the included MIDI Control Center software.

One of this controller’s secret weapons is that it uses smart-assigned controls when used with Arturia’s Analog Lab software, giving you immediate and in-depth control over your sound. Change the filter cutoff, the resonance, adjust the 2 ADSR envelopes, and much more: as soon as the idea hits, it can happen.

A solution for the pianist of today

Thanks to the top quality, hammer-action Fatar keybed, the KeyLab 88 Black Edition is the ideal companion for demanding performers.

Bundled with the Analog Lab software, KeyLab 88 Black Edition offers an unparalleled, hands-on experience with the nearly 6000 TAE® synthesizer and electric piano sounds. Just fire up Analog Lab, connect the KeyLab 88 Black Edition, and you will be amazed at how well the experience matches the workflow of a traditional hardware synthesizer. KeyLab 88 Black Edition also comes with two virtual piano instruments.

Analog Lab gives you access to thousands of the best sounds from our award-winning V Collection, and gives an amazing introduction to our whole software instrument catalog. Featuring 17 iconic instruments, including analog synths, revolutionary digital workstations, organs, string machines and pianos, all pristinely recreated using Arturia’s exclusive True Analog Emulation® technology.

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While it displays a new coat, the KeyLab 88 BE keeps all the features that crowned its white twin the elite of hammer-action MIDI keyboards. Discover all the assets of our flagship!

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"Superb keyboard feel, handsome appearance, good value, and huge sound library."
Keyboard USA
"Perform the way you want to with the top-of-the-range KeyLab 88, a highly-playable, superb-sounding software/hardware hybrid synthesis combo."
MusicRadar.com

Details

1. MIDI In/Out

Connect your favorite MIDI hardware via the MIDI In and Out ports

2. Control inputs

Input connectors for adding expression pedals, a sustain pedal and a breath controller

3. USB 2.0

USB MIDI class-compliant operation for direct connect to your computer or iOS device (camera connection kit required)

4. Optional DC power

Optional DC power input allows use as a standalone controller

5. Pitch and Mod Wheels

Ergonomically-designed pitch bend and modulation wheels

6. LCD screen for easy editing

LCD display allows for easy editing and instant feedback of parameters and presets in Analog Lab

7. Two banks of 10 encoders

Two banks of 10 assignable encoders for use with your favorite plug-in or DAW

8. Two banks of 9 faders

Two banks of 9 faders gives you plenty of options for control. Inverse drawbar mode for use with organ plug-ins

9. Backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads

16 backlit, ultra-responsive velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads

10. Octave Transpose buttons

Octave transpose buttons allow you to shift the keyboard range up or down

11. Direct controls for Analog Lab

Tight integration with our Analog Lab software gives you the feel of a hardware synth but with the power of software.

12. Assignable buttons

10 assignable buttons for instant recall of your favorite Analog Lab sounds and quick control of your favorite DAW

13.Transport Controls

The transport controls can send MIDI Machine Control messages for hands-on access to your DAW.

What a synergy!

Now bundled with Ableton Live Lite: an introduction to one of the most popular recording and performing platforms in the world. If you'd like to take a closer look at how KeyLab controls the features of Live, check out our handy guide.

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Paul Wickens

Artists Corner

With the Keylab 88 Arturia have produced fine keyboard that integrates so well with their soft synths you can just get on and work
Paul Wickens
( Musical Director for Paul McCartney )
Frank McComb

Artists Corner

One thing I really love about the Keylab 88 piano by Arturia is the keyboard action. I don't struggle to play it because, to me, it's so very close to that of a grand piano.
Frank McComb
( Producer - Composer )
Alexandre Desplat

Artists Corner

It is with pleasure that I’m using Arturia’s new KeyLab 88 keyboard which allows precise access to all V Collection parameters and also my other plug-ins with its controllers. Integrating it into a virtual environment is easy while its design finish is elegant. The extension shelf is very well thought through, allowing you to easily position your laptop or music manuscripts for taking quick notes. Best of all, Arturia has helpfully included the Analog Lab software suite with this keyboard.
Alexandre Desplat
( Score Composer )

Main Features

  • Includes Analog Lab with 5000 synth sounds
  • All presets are carefully selected from Arturia’s virtual synths. These TAE® powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.
  • Quickly filter the presets according to your criteria: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads, etc.), or by Characteristics (long, bright, dark, etc.).
  • In-depth Preset editing available for owners of Arturia synthesizers (mini V, CS-80 V, etc.). Edit your sounds on the original instruments within Analog Lab.
  • Straightforward editing, with a complete array of parameters for tweaking sounds, directly assigned to the controls of the KeyLab 88.

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