Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 61-key Keyboard Controller

Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 61-key Keyboard Controller


Arturia KeyLab Essential Soft-synth Workstation Features:

  • A powerful MIDI keyboard controller built around Arturia’s Analog Lab and V Collection instruments
  • Play effortlessly on a highly responsive 61-note keybed with separate modulation and pitch wheels
  • Other hands-on controls include 10 encoders, 9 sliders, a 6-button transport section, and 4 command switches
  • Perform with 8 pads, Chord Play mode, and a sustain pedal input for added expression
  • Connectivity includes MIDI and USB connections, with MCU and HUI control compatibility onboard
  • Included Analog Lab virtual instrument provides over 6,500 sounds from 17 Arturia V Collection instruments
  • Also bundled with Ableton Live Lite DAW software and UVI Grand Piano Model D virtual instrument
  • Compatible with all major DAW software platforms


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Focus on Your Music, Not Your Gear

There are few more frustrating things than when you want to sit down and make music but find yourself sinking all your time and effort into finding inspiring sounds or, worse yet, getting your system to work at all. Arturia’s KeyLab Essential 61 is a virtual instrument workstation that’s perfect for preventing exactly that sort of problem from derailing you. Between the controller’s top-notch keybed, comprehensive hands-on controls, and total integration with the thousands of sounds in Arturia’s Analog Lab software, KeyLab Essential just plain works. It’s an amazing experience that lets you take your ideas and turn them into fresh tracks in no time.

Fast and easy access to your creative tools

Cut out the technical tedium with KeyLab Essential by combining a beautifully playable controller keyboard with Arturia’s acclaimed Analog Lab. When we got our hands on this amazing setup, even the most seasoned soft-synth gurus at Sweetwater couldn’t believe how easy it was to use this streamlined system. For starters, there’s the onboard Analog Remote section, which lets you call up sounds right from the controller — no need to touch the mouse. You have pre-mapped knobs and sliders for parameter control, performance pads, and even tools like chord mode to make songwriting as simple as it gets.

Total integration with your songwriting studio

Powerful as it is, Analog Lab is just part of what KeyLab Essential has to offer. This wonderfully laid out controller keyboard includes all the control you need to take charge of your DAW, including full transport controls. In fact, KeyLab Essential is a fully loaded universal MIDI controller, so it’s completely compatible with any third-party instruments or other music-creation software. Most of the controls also do double duty, providing you with layers of control over Analog Lab, your DAW, and any other instruments you want to play with.

Bundled with a killer collection of software

Speaking of DAW applications and other virtual instruments, check out the awesome software package bundled with KeyLab Essential controller keyboards. Let’s start by taking a closer look at Analog Lab. This greatest-hits sound collection features many of the top classics from Arturia’s award-winning V Collection. It covers 17 timeless synths and over 6,500 sounds featuring Arturia’s amazing True Analog Emulation technology. Next, there’s Ableton Live Lite. It’s an ideal introduction to one of the world’s most popular creative DAWs, which is renowned for its powerful songwriting structure. Lastly, there’s UVI’s Grand Piano Model D, a meticulously captured Steinway Model D that adds an essential instrument to your keyboard collection.

Type Keyboard Controller
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Synth Action
Velocity Sensitive Yes
Pads 8 x Backlit, Velocity-sensitive
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Encoders/Pots 9 x Encoders
Faders 9 x 30mm Faders
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4″ (sustain)
USB 1 x Type B
Computer Connectivity USB
Software Analog Lab, Ableton Live Lite, UVI Grand Piano Model D
Format AAX, AU, VST3, VST, Standalone
Hardware Requirements – Mac Multi-core 2GHz processor or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements – PC Multi-core 2GHz processor or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements – Mac OS X 10.8 or later, iOS
OS Requirements – PC Windows 7 SP1 or later, Android
Power Supply 9V DC 500mA power supply (sold separately) / USB bus powered (MIDI out requires 9V adapter)
Height 2.90″
Width 34.70″
Depth 9.70″
Weight 7.2 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 230531