Arturia KeyLab Essential 61

USB Midi Keyboard

  • 61 Velocity-sensitive keys
  • 8 Velocity-sensitive pads with aftertouch
  • A clickable encoder
  • 9 Rotating control knobs
  • 9 Faders
  • 13 Buttons
  • Transport section with 4 function buttons
  • LCD display
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheel
  • Chord Play mode
  • Mackie/HUI control compatible
  • Connections: USB, MIDI output, hold pedal input, input for optional power supply unit (not included)
  • USB class compliant
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 882 x 76 x 248 mm
  • Weight: 3.3 kg
  • Including Arturia Analog Lab 3 software, Ableton Live Lite license and UVI Grand Piano licence

Note: Requires internet connection for authorisation

Further Information

Aftertouch No
Split Zones 0
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 9
Fader (Amount) 9
Pads 8
Display Yes
MIDI interface 1x Out
Pedal input Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered Yes

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Reasonable quality for the price.
Badgerlicious, 13.07.2020
I use this as my main midi keyboard. Having five octaves in a pretty compact keyboard has been great as someone who doesn't have a whole lot of space. The keys are nice, though it's a typical synth keybed. Nothing fancy beyond velocity and release velocity.

I like the layout, lots of faders and pots to map things too. Transport controls are super handy. I can't say I use the pads much though. The programming software is easy to use, and an update within the last year made it not take a few minutes to actually load. Which is nice.

My minor complaint is that the pots move veeeery slowly. It's the same on my keystep pro, so it might be Arturia's thing.

My major complaint is the midi keys sometimes get stuck on. For whatever reason the note-off doesn't get sent. It can be very annoying.

The big thing though is the inclusion of Aturia's analog lab. I think this makes the keylab essential and excellent product overall, especially for those first getting into making music who perhaps don't have as many synths and samples yet.
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Incredible for creative flow
mcmcg, 04.09.2019
Had my eye on this keyboard for my home studio after using a cheaper 25 midi keyboard for far too long. It's addition has had a huge impact of ease on my creative process and keeps me inspired.

Pros:

It's insanely lightweight. So if willing to invest in a quality, case portability won't be a back sore.
If you're big into Arturia VSTs this works very smoothly for filter & ADSR adjustment, easy to go through presets. For Abelton users being able to have mild control of the session if you find yourself recording down anything helps flow without pauses and speeds the process up ever so slightly, though best designed for live use.

Cons:
Though the quality is exceptional for the price, I do feel the keys could be a bit more heavyweight. Comfortable to play but would the feel just doesn't compare to piano keys.
Aware the Keylab MK11 accommodates to this (though double the price), the range of outputs is a bit small. Besides this this controller perfect for the electronic artist's home studio or live use. Well worth every cent.
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Unimpressed by the keys and pads, but SOFTWARE VALUE!
Sebastianmayor, 05.05.2020
Overall good keyboard with good functions. Extremely good software value!!! That's really the best thing about it to be honest. Weightless keys are really not pleasant to play. They don't have enough force to bounce back well like good synth keys, but they don't stay down enough to feel like weighted keys either. Just overall not the best key experience. Pads are also underwhelming. Sensitivity to low velocity hits is quite bad. I've found that my AKAI MPK mini keys are better. All the controls are pretty good, do the job, and work great with analog lab. I wish i just got the smaller version of this to use with all the arturia plugins, and got a 61 keys standalone keyboard with better keys to play.
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lovely arturia
Oiltanker, 09.04.2020
nice and clean sound, perfetcly conditions.
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