Arturia KeyLab Essential 88


MIDI Master Keyboard

  • USB MIDI keyboard with 88 velocity sensitive keys
  • 8 Velocity sensitive pads with aftertouch
  • 1 Clickable encoder
  • 9 Rotary knobs
  • 9 Faders
  • 13 Buttons
  • Transport section with 4 function keys
  • LC Display
  • Pitch and modulation wheel
  • Chord play mode
  • Mackie/HUI control compatible
  • USB
  • MIDI output
  • Sustain pedal input
  • Input for optional power supply (not included)
  • USB class compliant
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 1260 x 63 x 260.6 mm
  • Weight: 8.48 kg
  • Incl. Arturia Analog Lab software, Ableton Live Lite licence, and UVI Model D Piano licence

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Hammer Action Keys No
Aftertouch No
Split Zones 1
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 9
Fader (Amount) 9
Pads 8
Display Yes
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Bus-Powered Yes
available since February 2020
Item number 483327
Dimensions 1260 x 63 x 260,6 mm
Weight 8,5 kg
Speacial Features incl. Arturia Analog Lab Software, Ableton Live Lite Licence and UVI Model D Piano Licence
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The best non hammer action MIDI controller you're going to find
samtalbotwilliams 27.12.2020
I've had this keyboard for a couple of months, I bought it after loads of extensive research, and although I could have bought some of the cheaper Hammer action keyboards for a similar price, I decided on this semi-weighted key bed. I am very happy with this. I think that the velocity response is excellent, so once you're used to it you can still get realistic feeling results on piano sounds. however the keys are still pretty springy.
The real winners of this keyboard are the build, it is very sturdy, but also pretty compact. most of the time I just mount it on my desk.
The software that comes with it is amazing, analoguelab is a tool everyone should have for sure!
And finally, if you manage to configure the DAW control settings this is a feature that I appreciate because it's handy, but at the same time I don't know if I'd sacrifice the budget or space for a stand alone device.


Good but not great
Alpha Elf 16.02.2021
I really like this keyboard for composing more complex chord sequences.
The build quality is very good throughout, and it works out of the box. It's well integrated into Analog Lab and Ableton Live.
I only have a minor issue with the clunkiness of the keys. While it's clear from the product description that it doesn't have weighted keys, I did expect a nicer feel to them. Bear in mind that this is my subjective assessment, YMMV.
Apart from the above this is yet another home run for Arturia. I love how relatively light and portable this keyboard is, not least how low its profile is compared to many other full-size keyboards. I can comfortably fit it under my (continental style) bed out of the way when I don't use it.
All in all, I'm very happy with this product. Its usability certainly outweighs its clunky keys.


Marijan V 20.04.2021
The keyboard is very solid and high quality.
The keys are not as heavy as on other keyboards in these ranges, but that actually suits me.

The excellent piano plugin gratis also contributed to the overall satisfaction.

It would be nice to have another pedal slot but you can’t choose better in this price range..


Great product for the price
Demens 31.03.2020
I use it as my main midi controller for the DAW and also as a live keyboard. Has a solid build, the keybed is semi weighted and good to play on it. The velocity of the keys is good, on the pads not so sansitive. The faders and knobs are great and can be programmed inside the daw. Unfortunately not all buttons can be configured. Overall a great keyboard.


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