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Arturia KeyLab Essential 49 & 61

Published: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Entry Level Controller Keyboards Announced by Arturia

Arturia are well known for their feature-packed and sleek-looking controller keyboards and synthesizers, but the outstanding build quality of the units and accompanying software placed them in the top tier of the market, putting them just outside the budget of many musicians and producers. This is an issue Arturia is directly addressing in their announcement of the new KeyLab Essential controller keyboards, available in both 49 and 61 key versions.

The KeyLab Essentials provide nine faders, ten potentiometers and eight backlit pads for the assignment of control from your DAW. There is also a dedicated transport section (including Undo button!), pitch and modulation wheels and a central selection area with a clickable rotary knob.

Also included with the controllers is an impressive software selection: Ableton Live Lite to ensure any users can record immediately, UVI Grand Piano Model D for totally authentic piano emulation and Arturia’s own Analog Lab 2. Analog Lab 2 is a particularly notable inclusion, as it contains over 5000 choice pre-sets from the award-winning V-Collection of classic keyboard modellers, and therefore a diverse sound palette to draw from and use in any genre.

For further details see our product pages below, whilst Arturia’s information can be found here.

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