Arturia has announced the imminent release of KeyLab Essential, billed as an affordable, yet fully-featured range of new universal MIDI controller keyboards.
Combining a MIDI keyboard, DAW controls, deep integration, and iconic music software, KeyLab Essential is aimed at the price-conscious market, aiming to provide everything musicians need to create and record music straight out of the box.
The 49 and 61-note controllers feature powerful DAW integration, and come with three software titles – Analog Lab, Ableton Live Lite, and UVI Grand Piano Model D.
Key features include:
49 / 61-note velocity sensitive keyboard with pitch bend & modulation wheels
Comprehensive music software bundle included, with Analog Lab for 5000+ playable vintage synth and keyboard sounds.
8 RGB back-lit, multi-purpose performance pads, 9 faders & rotary encoders
MCU / HUI comprehensive DAW integration
DAW Command Center & transport section
6 fully-customizable user memories, Twin-line LCD Screen with backlit illumination
“Chord play” mode
Optional sustain pedal and DC power supply compatibility
Class-compliant USB, enabling use with iOS and Android devices
Due to reach UK retailers in July via Source Distribution prices look keen. The Keylab Essential 49 has an RRP of £189 inc VAT, the Keylab Essential 61 RRP: £235 inc VAT.