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Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 MK3

1,899.00 SR
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Full size universal MIDI controller

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Take command of your sounds, and perform like you've always dreamed of. KeyLab Essential 88 is an intuitive, powerful, carefully crafted controller with a full size keyboard that invites you to unleash your creative flow with note-spanning flair.

Multi-octave expression 

Whether you’re a beginner piano player or producer, an experienced music maker, or anyone in between, unlock your creative potential with the full-reach of an 88 key MIDI controller that fits seamlessly into any workflow.

One-size fits all

Whether you are seeking your first keyboard to kick-start a piano playing and production journey, or you simply want the freedom of having every key at hand in your studio or stage setup - KeyLab Essential 88 meets the needs of professional performers and beginner keyboardists alike.

All the sounds you need

Enjoy next-level control over your DAW projects & plugins as well as seamless communication with Analog Lab and a bundle of pro creative software to supercharge your creativity - all in one.

Quickly inspire new ideas

KeyLab Essential 88 doesn’t just help you play & navigate your projects - it’s also built to inspire. Summon catchy melodies, curious rhythms, and moving chord sequences with its array of creative features, and see where it can take your sound.

That quality feeling

You want the feeling of a premium instrument, the flexibility of a top-class controller, and all-round ease-of-use. KeyLab Essential’s semi-weighted keybed and smart layout puts it all at your fingertips.


Your Key to creativity

A new standard for studio professionals, performers and beginner pianists, the KeyLab Essential 88 carries the legacy of 7 octaves forward, offering an accessible and elegant full-length design; an ideal centerpiece for your professional setup, or for getting your playing skills off the ground.

Control any DAW

Enjoy plug-and-play connectivity and ready-mapped controls with your DAW of choice. KeyLab Essential doesn’t just feature familiar MCU & HUI compatibility; it also has custom scripts for major DAWs meaning next-level integration.

Customize your workflow

KeyLab Essential easily adapts to your creative needs; recall your favorite ’liked’ presets from Analog Lab, navigate your custom-made playlists, activate custom User programs for your own control assignments, and more.

At one with Analog Lab

Turn Analog Lab into a hardware synth and get hands-on with your sound thanks to KeyLab Essential’s seamlessly mapped controls. Adjust sound parameters, tweak FX, and browse presets without ever needing to touch your computer.

Pro software Included

From faithfully recreated acoustic instruments and pianos to a myriad of classic and modern synths sounds, KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 has you covered.

KeyLab Essential's focused controls give you quick access to the most useful & intuitive elements of your project & sound without complicating things.


Thousands of synth & keys presets

A library of the finest basses, fattest synths, smoothest orchestral sounds, and more, from vintage to modern, powered by V Collection, Augmented Series, and Pigments.


Music recording software

Record, perform, and produce anything with an introduction to one of the hottest DAWs in the business, including instrument presets, drums, FX, MIDI clips, and more.


A timeless grand piano

The epic stage-sized character of a Steinway grand piano, arguably the most iconic piano of all time, sampled in detail to bring your production to life.


Intimate upright piano

Enjoy the cheery, vintage sound of a Century-old upright piano, recorded to deliver charm and intimate character to your mix.


Millions of samples & loops

A 2-month subscription to Loopcloud with millions of hi-def royalty-free samples, from lo-fi drums to vocal one-shots, with 2GB of samples including a welcome pack and a specially-crafted Arturia selection.


Learn with KeyLab Essential mk3

Improve your pad & keyboard skills with a subscription to Melodics, offering 40 lessons, tips, and musical hacks that are fun, easy, and tailored to your style.

Essential, intuitive, Flexible Controls 

Sometimes you just want to get the job done.

KeyLab Essential's focused controls give you quick access to the most useful & intuitive elements of your project & sound without complicating things.


As comfortable for performance as it is for studio beat-making, KeyLab Essential’s semi-weighted keybed is smooth & responsive, complemented by the familiar Pitch & Mod wheels and Pedal input for sustain, footswitch, or expression.


Get the essential real-time info you need, from parameter values to your current preset, with a bright 2.5” display, complete with contextual buttons that make navigation effortless.


Switch between MIDI notes, clip triggering, finger-drumming, or whatever you need them to do. KeyLab Essential’s velocity & pressure-sensitive pads are even RGB color-coded so you can keep track at all times.


Get that real hands-on feeling and interact with crucial controls right where you need them, from track panning to specific instrument parameters, with full rotation encoders.


Tweak your track levels, envelope settings, selected parameters on your Arturia instruments, and more with ultra-smooth faders at your fingertips.

DAW controls

Instantly switch from sculpting your synth sounds to piloting your DAW project with KeyLab Essential’s dedicated DAW controls, so you’re in control at all times. Its custom integration scripts even ensure that the most crucial controls work perfectly, whatever DAW you’re using.

Your eco-designed
MIDI controller

A better product for the environment means a more sustainable creative future.

KeyLab Essential mk3 follows in the footsteps of MiniLab 3, the world’s first eco-designed MIDI controller; built to perform better, produce less waste, and reduce our carbon footprint for good.

We worked to continue this trend and apply sustainable practices to the 88 key version, while maintaining the best possible feel, build-quality and durability. This includes sourcing the best recycled-plastic and confecting a 100% recycled packaging in the production of every single product.

A deeper connection

KeyLab Essential mk3 takes DAW integration to another level.

Tweak your sound settings, create custom mappings, launch clips & scenes, and navigate around any project in real-time, all without ever leaving KeyLab Essential’s controls.

You’re in full control thanks to custom DAW scripts for Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Cubase, and Bitwig Studio, with MCU & HUI compatibility and support for other major DAWs.

Premium Keybed quality

  • 88-note velocity-sensitive semi-weighted keyboard

Pads & controls

  • 1 clickable encoder
  • 9 rotary encoders
  • 9 x 30mm faders
  • 8 transport switches
  • 4 command switches
  • 1 modulation wheel & bend wheel
  • 8 touch & pressure-sensitive pads

Display control

  • 2.5” LCD display with contextual buttons
  • Real-time feedback on tweaks and controls

Smart features

  • Multi-mode arpeggiator
  • Chord mode
  • Scale mode
  • Hold function
  • Semitone transpose

Software integration

  • Seamless integration with Analog Lab Pro and V Collection: select sounds, browse presets, smart-assigned controls
  • Custom DAW scripts for FL Studio, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Cubase, Bitwig Studio
  • Also compatible with MCU/HUI control
  • Up to 6 user presets for a totally customizable experience

Included Software titles & services

  • Analog Lab Pro software with 2000+ sounds
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Native Instruments’ The Gentleman
  • UVI Model D
  • 2-month Loopcloud subscription
  • Melodics subscription for 40 lessons


  • USB-C connects to computers and MIDI Control Center
  • MIDI 5-pin DIN output for connection to external instruments, gear
  • Control input for pedal: sustain, expression, or footswitch
  • USB-C powered

Platform specifications


  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).


  • Mac OS 11+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Work with ASC

  • An elegant and simple solution to help you install, activate, and update your Arturia software instruments.

All manufacturer and product names mentioned on this page are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Arturia. The trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose features and sound were studied during the development. All names of equipment, inventors, and manufacturers have been included for illustrative and educational purposes only, and do not suggest any affiliation or endorsement by any equipment inventor or manufacturer.

Box content

  • KeyLab Essential Unit
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Registration card


  • Size : 49.53 x 10.04 x 2.63 inches (1258 x 255 x 66.8mm)
  • Weight : 18.08 lbs. (8.2 Kg)

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