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The Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 puts the expressive potential of an 88-key controller at the fingertips of music creators and producers. Blending premium playability with deep software integration, the KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 removes barriers so you can realize your musical ideas. The KeyLab Essentials mk3 series has already become a top-selling MIDI controller thanks to its enjoyable, hands-on approach to music making. Now in a full 88-key format, the Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 combines responsive keys, intuitive creative features and customizable DAW control to inspire your productions.

Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 Keybed

Hybrid Synth-Piano Keybed

Nothing beats the nuanced musical expression of an 88-key piano layout. The KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 captures this feel in a thoughtfully designed hybrid synth-piano keybed. The semi-weighted waterfall keys respond smoothly from delicate pianissimo to powerful fortissimo. This piano-style gradient makes the 88 mk3 ideal for playing expressive parts and dynamic solo passages. The keys also support aftertouch, allowing you to add modulation by pressing harder after notes trigger.

Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 Intuitive Creative Features

Intuitive Creative Features

KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 comes loaded with tools to stimulate your creativity in new ways. Scale Mode lets you select from a variety of musical keys, after which the keyboard will automatically constrain your playing to notes within that scale. This makes it easy to improvise melodic parts and explore new ideas. Similarly, Chord Mode will constrain you to the notes of a specific chord, assisting with songwriting and “one-finger” playability. The Arpeggiator syncs to your DAW’s tempo, firing off rhythmic structures with the touch of a pad. Between the responsive keys, Scale and Chord Modes, and Arpeggiator, the 88 mk3 provides intuitive, hands-on creativity.

Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 Deep DAW Integration

Deep DAW Integration

While flexible as a standalone MIDI controller, the Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 truly shines when paired with a DAW for music production. It comes pre-mapped for deep integration with popular platforms like Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Cubase and FL Studio. Transport buttons let you start/stop playback and record, mixer knobs adjust levels, and device macros are assignable to the eight backlit pads. Custom scripts written by Arturia provide an even deeper level of manipulation, allowing you to shape plug-ins and virtual instruments in your DAW from the 88 mk3’s interface. The onboard screen provides visual feedback on parameters, settings and more.

Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 Analog Lab Pro

Analog Lab Pro and Bundled Software

In addition to its controller features, the 88 mk3 adds value with an impressive bundle of music software. Analog Lab Pro gives you access to thousands of iconic synth and keyboard sounds from the Arturia V Collection. Model D by UVI provides a meticulously sampled grand piano, while The Gentleman by Native Instruments covers classic upright piano tones. Plus, introductory subscriptions to Loopcloud and Melodics deliver samples, loops and interactive music lessons. For both beginners and experienced producers, it’s a powerful package for sparking creative ideas.

With its responsive keys, creative features, DAW integration and included software, the Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 empowers keyboard players, producers and songwriters to unlock new dimensions of musical expression. If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution to write, record and perform your music, the KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 delivers impressive capabilities at an accessible price. Stop by your nearest Guitar Center to equip your studio with this powerfully flexible controller, and take your productions to a whole other level.

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  • 88 semi-weighted keys with synth-piano feel Scale, Chord and Arpeggiator modes for intuitive composition
  • Custom control over Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, FL Studio 2,000+ presets for Analog Lab Pro, now including hybrids and modern sounds

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Included Software:
  • Analog Lab V software with 2,000 synth & keyboard sounds
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • UVI Model D & Native Instruments The Gentleman pianos
  • Loopcloud subscription
  • Melodics subscription

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