Introducing the Arturia KeyLab Essential MK3 controller keyboards
With the new Arturia KeyLab Essential MK3 series, the level of integration has been improved all around. This makes the user experience even more intuitive than before, so you can focus on the music.
Not only is Arturia’s own software more extensively mapped, but there are preconfigured DAW scripts for Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Cubase, and Bitwig Studio.
Arturia KeyLab Essential MK3
Compared to the previous model, the KeyLab Essential mk3 now features a larger 2.5-inch display with 4 buttons for easy navigation. Apart from the 5 dedicated DAW scripts, these keyboards offer wider compatibility with support for the MCU and HUI protocols.
When it comes to the creative side of things, Arturia has expanded the playing field with features like scale mode, chord play, arpeggiator (with presets), and a hold function.
Moreover, the 2 banks of RGB backlit pads promote spontaneity and the expression pedal input offers Sustain, Footswitch, or Expression modes.
Overall, the new KeyLab Essential series provides a good degree of utility, whether you’re an Arturia software user or not. The layout and features have been neatly designed to provide a transparent interface for music creation.
Pricing and availability:
Both the 49 and 61-key variants are currently available for order from Thomann in two colours.
Bundled software includes Arturia Analog Lab V, Ableton Live Lite, NI The Gentleman, UVI Model D, Loopcloud & Melodics.
More about the Arturia KeyLab Essential MK3:
- Official product page
- More from Arturia
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- Arturia KeyLab Essential MK3 series with 49 and 61-key models.: Arturia
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- arturia-keylab-essential-61-mk3-black-widget: Arturia
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And, who would have thought, again one more totally standard MIDI Controller with no endless encoders and with no with displays beyond them (for values and parameter names), ahhhh…..
I’m confused. Did they go straight from Essential Mk1 to Essential Mk3, no MK2?
I know there is the regular Keylab MK2, but that’s the “bigger brother” of the Essentials version.