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Arturia KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller  

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The KeyLab 88 is a professional-grade 88-note MIDI keyboard controller designed with the working musician in mind. Packed with the Analog Lab software, you get 5000 TAE synthesizer presets from the gr... Read More

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The KeyLab 88 is a professional-grade 88-note MIDI keyboard controller designed with the working musician in mind. Packed with the Analog Lab software, you get 5000 TAE synthesizer presets from the greatest synths ever. The Keylab 88 is not just another MIDI keyboard controller; it has been designed to be the premium control center for the modern musician.


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Features
  • Includes Analog Lab with 5000 synth sounds
  • All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths
  • Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads¦), by Characteristics (long, bright, dark ¦)
  • In-depth Preset Editing available for the owners of the Arturia Classic Synthesizers
  • More than 200 Multi patches organized by musical genres, each made of two different synth patches with effects, layers and splits...
  • Straightforward editing, with a complete array of parameters for tweaking sounds, directly assigned to the controls of the Keylab 88
Specifications
  • Keyboard : 88 note hammer action Fatar keybed with velocity and aftertouch.
    Controls : 2 clickable encoders, 6 transport switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel, two banks of 10 encoders, two banks of 9 sliders, 1 volume encoder and 10 assignable switches.
    Connectors : MIDI in & out, USB, Sustain pedal, Expression pedal, Aux footswitch, Breath controller inputs.
    High quality aluminum and wooden construction.
    32 digits LCD screen.
    Functions as an universal MIDI controller.
    Use with Analog Lab or with any other MIDI software.
    Product dimensions : 129.1/35.3/10.8 cm - Net weight : 13 Kg
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ArturiaKeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller
 
4.8

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5.0

Outstanding Controller with great keyboard action

By Charles

from Knoxville, TN

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Arturia KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller:

    This keyboard is a great value. It is very solidly built. I love the keyboard action. It works well with Reason 8. The plethora of adjustment knobs makes it easy to tweak the various Reason instruments. Also, I love the ability to control play/record from the keyboard. I previously used an Alesis QS6 which I have had since the early 2000s. I am an amateur keyboardist who just plays for the enjoyment of making music and playing sheet music. I have been wanting to upgrade to a full sized controller with weighted keys for a few years and I could not be happier than with the Keylab 88.

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    5.0

    Excellent midi controller!

    By Stormin'

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Arturia KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller:

        One of the finest midi controllers I've ever owned or used. The quality of contruction is amazing and the Fatar keyboard is perfect.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        High Quality Awesome Controller

        By Frank

        from Brentwood, TN

        Site Member

        Comments about Arturia KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller:

        I honestly do not believe that there is another controller in this price range that can beat this one. Even those twice its price would have a hard time claiming to be better. It is built like a tank and all of the controls are top notch quality. I know that actions tend to be a subjective topic but being a concert level pianist, I find this action very, very good. The software that comes with the controller is excellent as well. I am using it with EWQL Pianos and it works with these pianos very well too. Additionally, all of the pianos that come with Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate work equally well too. I have a Roland DP-10 plugged in to the expression jack and a M-Audio SP-2 plugged in to the sustain jack. I have the expression jack configured for CC67 (soft) and this setup works quite well. I may get another DP-10 for the aux jack so I can do half pedaling. For those who care to compare, I owned the Kawai MPK88 prior to this controller and really did not care for the action. I thought it was stiff and non-responsive at best. I will say that the Kawai had more control options which is good if that is what you are looking for. I just got so tired of the action that I wanted something better and opted for this one. I am glad I did. I won't be looking for another 88 key controller in my studio. This action is top notch IMHO. It excels as an all purpose VSTi synth controller and also controls the Analog Lab software that it ships with very well too. The only thing I would not do with this controller is mix in a DAW. I will reserve that function for a dedicated controller that I will happily place on the top right of this unit.

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        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        88 Key Heaven

        By NORMAN

        from Bridgewater, MA

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        Comments about Arturia KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller:

        I'm a piano player, so 88 keys is a must for me. Unfortunately that limits the number of controllers I can choose from. No worries, though because the Keylab 88 is the perfect controller. I picked this up on Memorial Day and have been in love with it. Arturia pays very close attention to detail and it shows. For example, the extension on the back allows you to place your laptop right on the board. Also, it comes with a music stand with a slot for your tablet's USB cord that clips on the back. Small things that make Arturia a forward thinking company. As for the controller itself, the Fatar made keybed is awesome. The hammer action weighted keys have a great feel to them and have really nice action. They are comparable to a real grand piano. The sliders and knobs feel solid and automatically map to my Arturia softsynths. They also easily map to other software I own. I don't have much use for the pads, but I have played around with them and they feel solid and responsive. Finally the software it comes with is really solid. The 5000 presets from their vintage synth line sound beautiful. Easily overlooked is the Pianoteq software that is also bundled in. This softward pack comes with a Steinway D4 and their won piano, the K2. Both pianos are brilliant. Their is also a UVI Steinway D4 bundled, but I like the Pianoteq better. I use this board in my studio and live with my band and it has lived up to all of my expectations. I especially like that it's light enough to carry to my gigs. They could easily sell this package for over $1000, so the price point is a huge bargain in my opinion. If you need 88 keys like I do, then you'd be foolish not to go with the Arturia Keylab 88.

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        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Make sure to upgrade the firmware

        By Michael

        from Austin, TX

        Site Member

        Comments about Arturia KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller:

        I was looking forward to this controller for months based on the feature set and how light weight it is, however after trying it at NAMM I was a bit unsure about the action... it felt a little heavy and bouncy to me. I ordered one from guitar center anyway to see if I could make it work out. No amount of programming could make the velocity curve work out on a number of piano software instruments. I was about to return it when on a whim I checkout out various forums and found out that Arturia recently released a firmware patch. I installed the firmware and it was like night and day and instantly became very playable. Now, I love this controller! Long story short -- if you buy this, make sure to install the latest firmware. Note to guitar center -- you'd probably save a bunch of returns on this product if you'd install it before selling.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Outstanding Controller

        By Kip

        from Seattle, Wa

        Comments about Arturia KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller:

        Have had board for about two weeks now. This product is amazing. All buttons have a good solid feel and the pots are smooth and fluid. The action has a great feel, plus the added bonus is its appearance. I use it with Apple Logic Pro with my main sound banks being Spectrasonics, Garritan, toontrack, Camel Audio. Works seamlessly with all of them. Very solid unit.

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