Your essential ingredients for creativity
Whether you’re a beginner producer or an experienced music maker looking for a refreshed setup, KeyLab Essential distills everything you want in a controller into a simple, fun, expressive keyboard for production and performance. Enjoy comfy keybeds, tactile DAW-integrated controls, and thoughtful layout that simply makes your creative life easier.
Advanced features, simple workflow
KeyLab Essential provides an array of useful & intuitive controls that’ll get the job done. Interact with encoders, faders, pads, and more in a way that makes sense for your setup, giving you a hands-on experience balanced with software flexibility.
The best DAW integration
Get creative right out the box with KeyLab Essential’s custom DAW scripts, bringing pre-mapped controls into your workflow with any major DAW. Not only that, but the KeyLab Essential controls work seamlessly with Analog Lab V, the included sound anthology plugin - letting you freely explore thousands of sounds old and new.
Your musical workhorse
For when you want to get experimental, find a new sound, or just need a bit of extra inspiration, KeyLab Essential has a few tricks up its sleeve. Create fun ever-changing melodies with the Arpeggiator, weave rich chord voicings with Chord play, and always stay in key thanks to Scale mode.
What’s new with MK3?
• A bigger display with 4 contextual buttons
• 5 dedicated DAW scripts, plus MCU & HUI protocols, for controlling any DAW
• Enhanced integration with Arturia Software
• Creative features: Scale mode, Chord Play, Arpeggiator (with presets), Hold function
• 2 Pad Banks (for finger drumming, clip launching, or User configuration)
• Bigger software bundle (Analog Lab V, Ableton Live Lite, NI The Gentleman, UVI Model D, Loopcloud & Melodics)
• Multi-purpose pedal input (Sustain, Footswitch or Expression)
6 titles giving everything to make music your own way - here’s what’s included:
• Analog Lab V software with 2000 synth & keyboard sounds
• Ableton Live Lite
• UVI Model D & Native Instruments The Gentleman pianos
• Loopcloud subscription
• Melodics subscription
• Velocity-sensitive keybed with hybrid synth-piano feel
• 1 clickable encoder, 9 encoders, 9 faders (30mm), 6 transport
switches, 4 command switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend
wheel, 8 touch & pressure-sensitive pads
• MIDI out, USB, Sustain pedal
• Premium music-making software bundle
• Seamless integration with Analog Lab V (included)
• Creative features like Arpeggiator, Chord play, and Scale mode