The Arturia KeyLab Essential Mk3 is a keyboard controller that promises to seamlessly integrate with DAW projects.
Arturia has officially unveiled the KeyLab Essential Mk3, a keyboard controller that promises seamless integration with DAW projects, intuitive controls, creative features, and a comprehensive software bundle. Available in 49 and 61-note configurations, with black or white finishes, the KeyLab Essential Mk3 boasts a velocity-sensitive keyboard with a hybrid synth-piano feel. Its control inputs include encoders, faders, and pads, along with a large 2.5-inch LCD display, contextual buttons, and two multi-purpose pad banks. The controller connects to a computer via USB-C and can be powered through this connection, while also featuring a MIDI 5-pin DIN output and a control input for pedals to enable sustain, expression, or footswitch functionality.
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Designed to seamlessly integrate with various DAWs and Arturia software, the KeyLab Essential Mk3 offers custom DAW scripts for popular software such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Cubase, and Bitwig Studio. Furthermore, it provides enhanced compatibility with Arturia’s own software suite, including Analog Lab and V Collection.
In terms of creative features, the KeyLab Essential Mk3 incorporates a built-in multi-mode arpeggiator, chord play functionality, scale mode for precise tuning, and customisable pedal functions, providing musicians with a range of options to explore their creativity.
Arturia has placed an emphasis on sustainability in their production of the KeyLab Essential Mk3, incorporating a minimum of 40% recycled plastic, reducing its material carbon footprint by 18%, and demonstrating a commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing practices.
As part of the package, the KeyLab Essential Mk3 comes bundled with a comprehensive software package. This includes Analog Lab V, offering thousands of synth and keys presets, Ableton Live Lite for music recording, Native Instruments’ The Gentleman for an intimate upright piano sound, UVI Model D for a timeless grand piano experience, Loopcloud with a two-month subscription for access to a vast library of samples and loops, and Melodics, a learning platform for developing keyboard skills.
With its seamless integration capabilities, intuitive controls, creative features, sustainable production approach, and extensive software bundle, the KeyLab Essential Mk3 provides a powerful and versatile solution for musicians and producers looking to enhance their music-making experience.