Creativity comes first

Spend less time with a keyboard and mouse, and more time creating, performing, and playing with KeyLab Essential 88.

8 pads, 9 rotaries, 9 faders, and an expressive keyboard - but so, so much more. Navigate your DAW effortlessly, browse and tweak your favorite presets in an instant, and enjoy a fluid 88-key playing experience, all from one accessible controller.

Now available with an elegant black exterior, this controller won’t just cater to your every musical need - it’ll look classy, whether it’s in your living room or up on stage.

Music-making made easy

Lost in a maze of menus and settings? We’ve all been there. That’s why we created KeyLab Essential: to make the technical stuff as simple as possible.

Everything is immediately within reach, from DAW transport controls to a full-range keybed - paving the way for effortless music creation, whatever your style. And when paired with the included Analog Lab V software, KeyLab Essential becomes a whole new animal. Every one of the thousands of presets come intelligently mapped with your KeyLab’s faders, knobs, and pads to give you instant, inspiring access to some of the most iconic, legendary keyboard sounds ever heard.

Premium software included

KeyLab 88 Essential is more than a world-class MIDI controller; it’s an all-in-one music-making solution, complete with a selection of industry-standard musical software.

Analog Lab V

Analog Lab V is a single intuitive plugin that contains 2000 expertly-crafted presets from our award-winning V Collection instruments. From reimagined keyboard classics like Jup-8 V and DX7 V, to cutting-edge softsynth algorithms from Pigments, Analog Lab V gives you instant access to the sonic inspiration you need.

Ableton Live Lite

An introduction to Ableton Live, a high-powered software suite used by top producers, DJs, performers, and remixers all around the world. Record your ideas, layer your sounds, apply effects, and release your finished track. Live Lite is also fully mapped to your KeyLab, with knobs, pads, and faders automatically assigned to the most important features.

UVI Model D

Straight from the world’s greatest concert halls and recording studios, KeyLab Essential also includes an exquisitely recreated Steinway Model D grand piano, sampled in the finest detail, ready for you to play, and free of charge.

In tune with your studio

Geared for maximum compatibility, KeyLab Essential 88 gives you total control of your digital world, seamlessly integrating with virtual instruments and DAW software.

KeyLab Essential 88 is packed with clever controls that help you make swift work of everyday tasks, from looping and recording to toggling your metronome. As well as offering ultimate control over Analog Lab V, KeyLab Essential 88 is a universal MIDI controller, so you can use it with any third-party instruments or software. If you’re just starting out on your musical journey, don’t worry, KeyLab Essential also comes with Ableton Live Lite so you can start recording, editing, and releasing your music with one of the most popular music platforms on the planet.

Everything in its right place

We’ve spent years listening to musicians just like you, learning which features and functions you need instant access to, and researching the best ways to give you the ultimate seamless controller experience. Each component, function, and design element has been carefully considered to make the process of creating music as fun and barrier-free as possible.

KeyLab Essential is simple yet highly effective, a launchpad into the exciting world of music performance and production for newcomers, and a powerful, ergonomic control solution that experienced users can always rely on.

Technical Informations

Analog Lab V

  • Windows: Windows 8 or later (64-bit)
    64-bit Intel® Core™ or AMD multi-core processor (i5 processor or faster recommended) with 4 GB RAM (8 GB+ recommended)
    1 GB free Hard disk Space
  • Apple: OS X 10.13 or later (64 bit)
    64-bit Intel® Core™ or AMD multi-core processor (i5 processor or faster recommended) with 4 GB RAM (8 GB+ recommended)
    1 GB free Hard disk Space

Works in Standalone, VST 2.4 (32-bit and 64-bit), VST 3 (32-bit and 64-bit), AAX (32 bits with PT 10.3.8, 64 bits with PT 11), Audio Unit (32-bit and 64-bit).

VST 2.4
VST 3
AAX
AU

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center. You can learn more about it here.

Ableton Live Lite

  • Windows: Windows 7 (SP1) or later (64-bit)
    64-bit Intel® Core™ or AMD multi-core processor (i5 processor or faster recommended) with 4 GB RAM (8 GB+ recommended)
    3 GB free Hard disk Space
    Broadband Internet connection for installation
  • Apple: OS X 10.11.6 or later (64 bit)
    64-bit Intel® Core™ or AMD multi-core processor (i5 processor or faster recommended) with 4 GB RAM (8 GB+ recommended)
    3 GB free Hard disk Space
    Broadband Internet connection for installation

UVI Model D

  • Windows: Windows 8 or later (64-bit)
    64-bit Intel® Core™ or AMD multi-core processor (i5 processor or faster recommended) with 4 GB RAM (8 GB+ recommended)
    1 GB free Hard disk Space
    Broadband Internet connection for installation
  • Apple: OS X 10.9 or later (64 bit)
    64-bit Intel® Core™ or AMD multi-core processor (i5 processor or faster recommended) with 4 GB RAM (8 GB+ recommended)
    1 GB free Hard disk Space
    Broadband Internet connection for installation

Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit.

VST 3
AAX
AU

FREE iLok account - not necessarily an iLok dongle, just a free account Internet connection for the license activation.

Size & weight

  • Instrument size : 49.6 x 10.3 x 2.5 inches (1260 x 262 x 64 mm)
  • Instrument weight : 18.7lb (8.5Kg)

Main Features

  • Software Specifications:
    • Includes Analog Lab software with 2000+ synth and keyboard sounds
    • Includes Ableton Live Lite
    • Includes UVI Model D
  • Hardware Specifications:
    • 88 note, velocity sensitive keyboard with hybrid synth-piano feel
    • Controllers: 1 clickable encoder, 9 encoders, 9 30mm faders, 6 transport switches, 4 command switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel, 8 touch and pressure-sensitive pads
    • Connectivity: MIDI out, USB, Sustain pedal
    • Functions as a universal MIDI controller
    • Twin-line LCD screen
    • MCU/HUI control compatibility
    • Chord Play mode
  • Perfect Analog Lab integration:
    • Select sounds, browse presets, switch parts, smart-assigned controls.
    • Standalone or plug-in operation: VST, VST3, AU, AAX.
    • Over 2000 TAE® and Phi® powered preset sounds from Arturia’s award-winning V Collection
  • Ableton Live Lite - record, layer, and edit your sounds to create a finished song.
  • UVI Model D - Sample-based software recreation of Steinway classic.
  • Compatible with all major Digital Audio Workstation: Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, FL Studio, Bitwig, Cubase, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One *

* All product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.