Arturia KeyLab Essential mk3 - 49-Key Universal MIDI Controller (White)


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The music-making essentials

Whether you’re a beginner producer, an experienced music maker, or anyone in between, unlock your full creative potential with a MIDI controller that breaks down all the barriers between you, your DAW, and your perfect sound.


Find joy in your workflow
Find the right sound faster than ever. Customize your mix in real-time. Finish that track with ease. Music-making shouldn’t feel like work; KeyLab Essential removes barriers and puts the joy back into your workflow.

Your DAW, upgraded
Your favorite synth sounds, your DAW transport, and your mixing desk all in one. Enjoy next-level control over your sounds & DAW projects, seamless communication with Analog Lab, and a bundle of pro creative software to supercharge your sound.

Quickly inspire new ideas
KeyLab Essential doesn’t just help you play & navigate your projects - it’s also built to inspire. Summon catchy melodies, curious rhythms, and moving chord sequences with its array of creative features, and see where it can take your sound.

That quality feeling
You want the feeling of a premium instrument, the flexibility of a top-class controller, and the ease-of-use of a beginner keyboard. KeyLab Essentials sensitive controls, hybrid synth-feel keybed, and smart layout puts it all at your fingertips.



Your keys to creativity

However you choose to make music, KeyLab Essential has all the creative answers - before you’ve even thought of the questions. This controller fits right into your setup to become an extension of your creative identity.


Control any DAW
Enjoy plug-and-play connectivity and ready-mapped controls with your DAW of choice. KeyLab Essential doesn’t just feature familiar MCU & HUI compatibility; it also has custom scripts for major DAWs for next-level integration.

Customize your workflow
KeyLab Essential easily adapts to your creative needs; recall your favorite ’liked’ presets from Analog Lab, navigate your custom-made playlists, activate custom User programs for your own control assignments, and more.

At one with Analog Lab
Turn Analog Lab into a hardware synth and get hands-on with your sound thanks to KeyLab Essential’s seamlessly mapped controls. Adjust sound parameters, tweak FX, and browse presets without ever needing to touch your computer.


All the software & sounds you need for making music

What software & sounds do you get with KeyLab Essential mk3? From a full copy of Analog Lab to a library of over 4 million samples, you’re fully equipped for whatever music you want to make.


Thousands of synth & keys presets
A library of the finest basses, fattest synths, smoothest orchestral sounds, and more, from vintage to modern, powered by V Collection, Augmented Series, and Pigments.

Music recording software
Record, perform, and produce anything with an introduction to one of the hottest DAWs in the business, including instrument presets, drums, FX, MIDI clips, and more.


Essential, intuitive, flexible controls

Sometimes you just want to get the job done. KeyLab Essential's focused controls give you quick access to the most useful & intuitive elements of your project & sound without complicating things.


As comfortable for performance as it is for studio beat-making, KeyLab Essential’s durable hybrid synth-piano keybed is smooth & responsive, complemented by the familiar Pitch & Mod wheels and Pedal input for sustain, footswitch, or expression.

Get the essential real-time info you need, from parameter values to your current preset, with a bright 2.5” display, complete with contextual buttons that make navigation effortless.

Switch between MIDI notes, clip triggering, finger-drumming, or whatever you need them to do. KeyLab Essential’s velocity & pressure-sensitive pads are even RGB color-coded so you can keep track at all times.

Get that real hands-on feeling and interact with crucial controls right where you need them, from track panning to specific instrument parameters, with full rotation encoders.

Tweak your track levels, envelope settings, selected parameters on your Arturia instruments, and more with ultra-smooth faders at your fingertips.

DAW controls
Instantly switch from sculpting your synth sounds to piloting your DAW project with KeyLab Essential’s dedicated DAW controls, so you’re in control at all times. Its custom integration scripts even ensure that the most crucial controls work perfectly, whatever DAW you’re using.



A vessel for creativity

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, create chord voicings, and always stay in key - without thinking twice.


Chord play
Play rich, full, powerful chords with a single key by selecting from built-in chord presets, or inputting your own custom chord shapes - great for when you need quick inspiration for your next hit.

Scale mode
Set your playing free and never go out of key with KeyLab Essential’s Scale mode, which quickly locks the keybed to one of several built-in scales. Wrong notes? Never again.

Turn chords or selections of notes into vibrant melodies and rhythmic ideas with a built-in Arpeggiator, complete with Hold function so you can go no-hands. You can even use all these features together; play & hold a chord with a single key, arpeggiate it, and lock it to a scale of your choice.


Express yourself

Need a bigger note range? Trying to save desk space? Want a darker aesthetic to fit your stage setup? KeyLab Essential mk3 comes with 49 & 61-key options, both available in black or white.


Your eco-designed MIDI controller

A better product for the environment means a more sustainable creative future.

KeyLab Essential mk3 follows in the footsteps of MiniLab 3, the world’s first eco-designed MIDI controller; built to perform better, produce less waste, and reduce our carbon footprint for good. Made with minimum 40% recycled plastic, 100% recyclable packaging, and a material carbon footprint reduction of 18%, this controller takes sustainability seriously.


A deeper connection

KeyLab Essential mk3 takes DAW integration to another level.

Tweak your sound settings, create custom mappings, launch clips & scenes, and navigate around any project in real-time, all without ever leaving KeyLab Essential’s controls.

You’re in full control thanks to custom DAW scripts for Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Cubase, and Bitwig Studio, with support for more major DAWs planned in the future. Better still, MCU/HUI protocol means it can support any other workstation in a familiar way - for that satisfying in-the-box workflow that you’ve always wanted.


Analog Lab V included Your creative hub

Analog Lab V gives you thousands of the best preset sounds from our award-winning V Collection instruments that made music history, all in one convenient place.

Analog synthesizers. Digital synthesizers. Acoustic pianos. Electric pianos. Organs. Strings machines. Samplers. You name it, Analog Lab has it. With the best of 24 vintage instrument reproductions on tap, this amazing software instrument hub lets you transcend time and style by arming you with everything from the most iconic sounds of the past to modern sound designs that are cutting edge today.

Whether you’re composing, recording or performing, over 7,000 sounds cover every song, genre, mood and ambience you can think of—no programming required. Use it standalone or with your favorite DAW.



Ableton Live Lite Included

Write, record, produce, and perform full tracks with ease

An introduction to one of the most popular recording and performing platforms in the world, Ableton Live Lite lets you create, mix, and export your tracks. Play, pause, and record using KeyLab Essential mk3’s controls, trigger loops and MIDI clips, and even sprinkle in some of Ableton’s own instruments and FX for extra variety. Enjoy every step of your music-making process like never before.


  • Seamless integration with KeyLab Essential mk3 for real-time project control
  • Over 800 instruments, drum racks, FX, and MIDI clips to explore
  • Choose Session view or Arrangement view for your preferred workflow


Model D

A timeless grand piano in full detail

Steinway pianos are found in only the very best concert halls and recording studios. Thanks to KeyLab Essential mk3, you can have one in your own home. The UVI Model D puts the sound of the famous Steinway Model D grand piano at your fingertips, expertly recorded and sampled, and ready to add that glamorous touch to your mixes.


  • Premium piano sounds in a few clicks with 8 presets & over 900 samples.
  • Easy sound customization to make it your own
  • Extra FX for polishing your piano to perfection


The Gentleman

A charming vintage upright piano that’s full of character

Based on an upright piano from 1908 - over 110 years old - The Gentleman gives you truly vintage character and quirky sound that’s sure to inject nostalgic magic into any project. Thanks to detailed sampling, you can tap into the instrument’s sound to make it your own, or enjoy its simple presets and macro controls with ease.


  • Simple tone, dynamics, and ambience controls
  • Beautifully authentic sound with over 2300 samples
  • Extra custom controls for more detailed sound design



Improve your pad & keyboard skills with KeyLab Essential mk3

If you’re new to music production, a beginner keyboardist, or you just want to sharpen your skills, a subscription to Melodics gives you instant access to dozens of lessons and tips on playing, performing, and production. Who said learning wasn’t fun?


  • Great for beginners
  • Over 40 lessons included
  • Bonus lessons and extra content available



Millions of royalty-free samples, drum loops, and more

Explore one of the world’s best sample library apps with a subscription to Loopcloud. Search by genre, style, instrument type, and much more, and find hi-def samples that are tailor-made for beat-making, mixing, and creating your own custom soundscapes.


  • A free 2-month Artist/Studio plan
  • Add samples to your library and keep them for life
  • Includes a 1GB welcome pack & 100 points to spend



Main Features:

  • Premium Keybed quality
  • 49 & 61-note velocity-sensitive keyboard with hybrid synth-piano feel
  • Pads & controls
  • 1 clickable encoder
    9 rotary encoders
    9 x 30mm faders
    8 transport switches
    4 command switches
    1 modulation wheel & bend wheel
    8 touch & pressure-sensitive pads
  • Display control
  • 2.5” LCD display with contextual buttons
    Real-time feedback on tweaks and controls
  • Smart features
  • Multi-mode arpeggiator
    Chord mode
    Scale mode
    Hold function
    Semitone transpose
  • Software integration
  • Seamless integration with Analog Lab V: select sounds, browse presets, smart-assigned controls
    Custom DAW scripts for FL Studio, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Cubase, Bitwig Studio
    Also compatible with MCU/HUI control
    Up to 6 user presets for a totally customizable experience
  • Included Software titles & services
  • Analog Lab V software with 2000+ sounds Ableton Live Lite
    Native Instruments’ The Gentleman
    UVI Model D
    2-month Loopcloud subscription
    Melodics subscription for 40 lessons
  • Connectivity
  • USB-C connects to computers and MIDI Control Center
    MIDI 5-pin DIN output for connection to external instruments, gear
    Control input for pedal: sustain, expression, or footswitch
    USB-C powered


Box content

  • KeyLab Essential Unit
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Registration card


Dimensions for 49 keys

  • Size:
  • 31.1 x 9.45 x 2.76 inches (790 x 240 x 70mm)
  • Weight:
  • 6.1 lbs. (2.76 Kg)


Dimensions for 61 keys

  • Size:
  • 35 x 9.45 x 2.76 inches (890 x 240 x 70mm)
  • Weight:
  • 6.8 lbs. (3.08 Kg)

Manufacturer: Arturia