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Arturia Introduces KeyLab Essential mk3

An upgraded workflow for modern music making.

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24 May 2023

Arturia’s new KeyLab Essential mk3 is the focused, accessible keyboard controller which has been designed to deliver a personal and enjoyable music-making workflow. Musicians and producers can control any DAW or MIDI hardware with the essential controls and creative features now at their disposal, with the most inspiring musical software included as standard.

Users can get hands-on with projects and freely explore their sound with encoders, faders, and pads with customisations and creative features only ever a button away. Upgrades include a bigger display with contextual buttons and 2 multi-purpose pad banks.

KeyLab Essential mk3 features custom DAW scripts for Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Cubase, and Bitwig Studio. It also has familiar MCU & HUI compatibility which means it can control any DAW. It also offers enhanced integration with Arturia software such as Analog Lab, and V Collection. But KeyLab Essential goes far beyond a controller. Users can create quick-fire melodies with the Arpeggiator; play chord voicings with a single key with Chord play; stay locked in tune thanks to Scale mode; and customise their pedal functions with a 3-mode input.

Built with minimum 40% recycled plastic and a material carbon footprint reduction of 18%, KeyLab Essential mk3 follows in the footsteps of MiniLab 3 as a controller designed with sustainability in mind. KeyLab Essential mk3 brings a vastly expanded package of creative software for modern music production, giving users everything they need to create full, massive-sounding tracks. 

Here’s what’s included:

  • Analog Lab V – Thousands of synth & keys presets
  • Ableton Live Lite – Music recording software
  • Native Instruments’ The Gentleman – Intimate upright piano
  • UVI Model D – A timeless grand piano
  • Loopcloud – 2 month subscription with millions of samples & loops
  • Melodics – Learn keys with KeyLab Essential

CONTACT

Arturia: arturia.com
Australian Distributor: cmi.com.au
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