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The accessible music maker

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

Creating music in the digital world can be difficult. So many options, so many new things to learn. KeyLab Essential lets you focus on what’s important.

8 pads, 9 rotaries, 9 faders, and an expressive keyboard, but so, so much more. Music is at the heart of this controller.

Every aspect of KeyLab Essential has been carefully chosen to give you the best possible experience when creating and performing. KeyLab Essential makes navigating inside your recording software a breeze thanks to the dedicated DAW Command Center, and makes browsing your presets an exciting and inspiring experience.

Make music your way

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

It’s easy to let your concentration drift and your inspiration slip when you spend hours on tedious tasks. KeyLab Essential is the result of years of research, with the express aim of streamlining your creative process, giving you more time to express yourself through music.

When paired with Analog Lab software, KeyLab Essential becomes a whole new animal. Every one of the 6500+ presets intelligently map with KeyLab’s faders, knobs, and pads to give you instant, inspiring access to some of the most iconic, legendary keyboard sounds ever heard.

Once you’ve used KeyLab Essential, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it.

A world of sound

A complete keyboard production studio, KeyLab Essential comes with some incredible software titles.

Whether you want a searing-hot synth lead or an ethereal string pad, a vintage upright piano or a complex, animated soundscape, KeyLab Essential gives you everything you need to perform and record. All the ingredients of the cocktail are there and ready to be mixed according to your own style.

Analog Lab V

Your very own vintage & modern keyboard collection, with access to over 2000 presets from the award-winning V Collection, ready to customize and play in an instant.

Ableton Live lite

An introduction to one of the most intuitive, popular production platforms around, featuring dozens of pro-grade functions, effects, and sounds for a fun music-making workflow.

UVI Model D

Sample-based software recreation of Steinway classic.

Roll Call of Features!

Piece by piece the KeyLab Essential gathers all the elements required to take the control of your studio.

In tune with your studio

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

KeyLab Essential is packed with clever controls that help you make swift work of everyday tasks within your recording software. Play your track, jog forwards and back, save, toggle your metronome and loop, record, and punch in on the fly This functionality keeps your hands on the controller and your mind in the music. As well as offering ultimate control over Analog Lab, KeyLab Essential is a universal MIDI controller, meaning 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.

Whether you’re a total newcomer to the world of recording, or a seasoned pro who’s set in their ways, KeyLab Essential has the potential to revolutionize your creative process.

Everything in its right place

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 will love.

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.

KeyLab Essential is the result of years of dedication. Each component, function, and design element is a tribute to you, and designed to make the process of creating music as fun and barrier-free as possible. To give you an idea of what KeyLab Essential is capable of, let’s look at its vital statistics...

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