Music software and hardware company Arturia announced today that their KeyLab 88 MIDI keyboard controller is now shipping. It was first announced at Musikmesse last spring.
KeyLab 88, the largest in the KeyLab series, comes with Arturia’s Analog Lab, a software synthesizer solution with over 6,000 presets derived from Arturia’s range of Analog Classics. These include the TAE (True Analog Emulation) synthesis-powered Mini V (Minimoog monosynth emulation), Wurlitzer V (virtually bringing back to life the well-known ‘Wurly’ electric piano), among others.
The first 3,000 units shipped come with two virtual instruments: Grand Piano Model D from fellow French developer UVI, and Pianoteq 5 Stage, a physical modelling-based virtual instrument that provides acoustic and electric piano recreations as well as chromatic instruments.
The keyboard also acts as a controller which is compatible with any third-party software or hardware. Customizable MIDI assignments are accessible via the LED screen or the included MIDI Control Center software.
KeyLab 88 also sports a music stand, and a rubberized, attachable shelf extension to create a work surface for holding a laptop, tablet, or another small synth.
Pricing and Availability. Arturia’s KeyLab 88 is now available to purchase for €699.00 ($699.00 USD) from any authorized Arturia dealer or directly from the manufacturer. More information is available on the Arturia website.