Arturia Debuts KeyLab Essential 88

2020 NAMM Show: Arturia has debuted the latest member of its KeyLab Essential family, the KeyLab Essential 88.

KeyLab Essential 88 features a new keybed that strikes a balance between “fast synth action” and a traditional weighted piano feel.


  • 88 note, velocity sensitive keyboard with hybrid synth-piano feel.
  • 16 back-lit, customizable performance pads
  • 9 faders & rotary encoders
  • Mackie / HUI compliant DAW Command Center
  • Clickable jog-wheel
  • Velocity & modulation wheels
  • Full Analog Lab integration
  • “Chord play” mode
  • Twin-line LCD screen
  • Class-compliant USB: use with iOS and Android devices
  • Optional sustain pedal and DC power supply

KeyLab Essential 88 also comes complete with a collection of bonus software:

  • ANALOG LAB: “Perfectly integrated” synths and keyboards. Analog Lab collects over 6500 keyboard presets taken from over 30 classic instruments, intuitive controls, and seamless integration.
  • ABLETON LIVE LITE: Record, mix, and release tracks. An introduction to the Ableton Live software suite. Live Lite lets the user record your ideas, layer tracks, warp audio, and release  productions.
  • UVI GRAND PIANO MODEL D: “Beautifully sampled” iconic piano. KeyLab Essential also includes UVI’s recreation of the Steinway Model D grand piano, sampled in “exquisite” detail, ready to play.

Pricing and Availability

This new model of Arturia KeyLab Essential will begin shipping worldwide mid-February 2020. KeyLab Essential 88 will retail for $399/349€ .

More information available on the Arturia website.

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