The Keylab Essential mk3 is the latest addition to Arturia’s universal Midi controller line. According to the French company, KeyLab Essential mk3 is a focused, accessible, and fun keyboard controller designed to make your music-making workflow more personal and enjoyable than ever before. We can consider the Keylab Essential mk3 as a natural development and a relevant upgrade to the recent Minilab 3 (see our Arturia Minilab 3 review).
Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions, and in the meantime let’s check out the main features.
What’s New At A Glance
Bigger screen with 4 contextual buttons
5 dedicated DAW scripts (+ Mackie & HUI)
Better integration with Arturia Software
Scale mode, Chord play (with presets), Hold function
2 Pad Banks (for finger drumming or clip launching)
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)
Eco-designed: 100% Recyclable packaging, at least 40% recycled plastic and -18% Materials’ carbon impact compared to previous models.
Here’s an overview of the hardware features:
Arturia suggests 10 different ways to have fun with the new Keylab Essential mk3, especially if you are new to the magic world of computer music production.
Find YOUR sound in any Arturia Software
Thanks to the new screen, browse through presets, filter by type, “like” a sound to recall it later
Control Ableton Live Lite
Browse and arm tracks, launch clips and scenes, navigate the timeline, control devices, Play / Record / Stop; Save / Quantize / Undo / Redo
Switch from DAW program to Arturia program
For a great performance or production experience, switch from controlling your DAW to controlling any Arturia plugin
Cumulate Hold, Chord, Scale & Arp
Using only one finger, play chords that will be held, quantized to a scale and then arpeggiated… Very musical result guaranteed
Create a full track only using the included Software Bundle
2000 curated sounds from the V Collection, the most popular DAW on the market, 2 pianos and sample banks… All you need to make a track
Improve your piano or finger drumming skills
Thanks to the Melodics subscription and bonus lessons, get better at playing keys and pads
Customise your KeyLab Essential
Choose the CCs sent by the controls, the colour of the pads, the velocity curves, the pedal input type… Customise anything
Create a “Multi” in Analog Lav V
Like 2 different sounds in Analog Lab? Use your KeyLab Essential to create a split point or layer the sounds, controls them individually or all together.
Price and Availability
The Keylab Essential mk3 is available now, in two different versions (49 and 61 keys), respectively for €/$199 and €/$249. You can learn more on the official website.
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About The Author
Founder & main editor here at ANR, 'non-musician' and music-tinkerer. His first keyboard was a cheesy Yamaha PSS-270. He still loves it.
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