Arturia KeyLab 61 Keyboard Controller

61-note USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Aftertouch, 13 Encoders, 16 Pads, 9 Faders, and Analog Lab 2 Software - Mac/PC
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A Powerful Controller Keyboard Plus Awesome Synth Sounds

The Arturia KeyLab 61 is a software/hardware bundle that's primed to redefine the way you interact with your virtual synths. This premium bundle includes Analog Lab 2 software, giving you a staggering 5,000 incredible presets from Arturia's Modular V, CS-80V, Mini V, Arp 2600V, Jupiter 8V, Prophet V, Oberheim SEM V, Wurlitzer V, Synclavier V, B-3 V, Stage-73 V, Farfisa V, and Piano V! For maximum control over your sounds, the KeyLab 61 controller sports an array of encoders, faders, transport controls, and even 16 pads. At Sweetwater, we love seamless integration of hardware and software, and that's exactly what you get with the Arturia KeyLab 61.

Arturia KeyLab 61 USB MIDI Controller and Software Bundle at a Glance:
  • A powerful hardware controller, pre-mapped and ready to go
  • Over 5,000 classic synth sounds
  • The new heart of your production studio?
A powerful hardware controller, pre-mapped and ready to go

More than a sweet collection of sounds, the Arturia KeyLab 61 bundle comes with a 61-key MIDI controller complete with velocity-sensitive keys and aftertouch. A slew of knobs, faders, and pads are on hand for expressive real-time performances. It's intelligently mapped out right from the start, but you can also use the powerful MIDI Control Center software to customize the KeyLab 61's layout.

Over 5,000 classic synth sounds

Hey, Arturia built their worldwide reputation by creating some of the best-sounding emulations of vintage synthesizers ever, so it's no surprise you get over 5,000 classic sounds with the KeyLab 61. You get choice patches from Arturia's most popular software titles such as the Modular V, Arp 2600V, Jupiter 8V, and many more. From fat, warm bass to sizzling leads and soaring pads, you've got every iconic synth sound you need in this bundle.

The new heart of your production studio?

The KeyLab 61 could be the controller you've been waiting for, with a generous set of controls and a great-feeling keybed (with aftertouch!). Because it's easily configurable, you can optimize the KeyLab 61 for all the software you use. And with additional inputs for sustain and expression pedals, and even a breath controller input, the KeyLab 61 may just be the ideal foundation for your production studio.

Arturia KeyLab 61 USB MIDI Controller and Software Bundle Features:
  • Value-packed combination of Analog Lab 2 software and a powerful 61-key controller
  • MIDI Control Center software makes it easy to create your own custom control layouts
  • Analog Lab 2 software includes over 5,000 sounds taken from Arturia V Collection 5
  • Generous array of rotary encoders, faders, and more for hands-on control
  • Keyboard provides ports for:
    • MIDI I/O, USB
    • Sustain, expression pedal, aux footswitch inputs
    • Breath controller input
Get more control over your productions with the Arturia KeyLab 61!

Tech Specs

Pads 16
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Semi-weighted, Velocity-sensitive
Aftertouch Yes
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, Breath Controller Input
Encoders/Pots 13
Faders 9
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 1 x Expression, 1 x Aux Footswitch
USB 1 x Type B
Format AAX Native, Standalone, AU, VST 2.4/3
Hardware Requirements - Mac Multi-core 2GHz processor or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Multi-core 2GHz processor or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Height 2.75"
Width 34.57"
Depth 11.73"
Weight 16.09 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 230431

Customer Reviews

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Service was great. speedy shipment. and the candy was a pretty nice gesture. I guess there's something sweet in the water where you guys are.
Music background: Keyboardist and Recording Engineer

Amazing solution for me

I woke up one morning with 4 midi controllers, none of them could easliy control my soft synths. Sold them and picked up this beauty. Thank you Sweetwater
Music background: Hobby

Solid, well designed controller and software

Yep, there are a lot of controllers on the market from which to choose.For me, KeyLab represents the best combination of performance and value on the market.What sold me on the Keylab was:* Solid build* Responsive keybed* Logical, flexible controls* Integration with the software Arturia includes and the quality of that softwareIn contrast to the myriad 'plasticky' controllers, the KeyLab has a metal frame that inspires confidence. Yes, it makes it heavier than others (the ones that people often describe as "toys"), but I use it on a table or a stand not as a remote axe so I appreciate its stability.Keybeds are subject to opinion; what I like, you may hate and vice-versa. My training is in classical piano and I've yet to play a e-board that has the feel of a Steinway or Yamaha. So, adapt. To me, the KeyLab responds well to light and strong touch with decent feedback. I tried far more expensive boards that did not suit me as well though the KL88 was tempting. YMMV.Sound controls are logically laid out and tightly integrated with Arturia software programs. Fine adjustments are easy to make and the pads are quite responsive.Of course Arturia built its reputation on software so that may be the strongest point of this kit. Analog Lab is a monster, packed with a fascinating array of tweakable sounds from classic synths. Initially I found myself overwhelmed but as I methodically work my way through the library and rate each one, all kinds of ideas for composition are popping up. It's actually a lot of fun to explore.My wish list is very short: CV/Gate outputs would be a cool addition but their lack certainly does not distract from all the plusses.Arturia support has been very good, responding quickly to a few questions I raised.Highly recommended!
Music background: Classical piano, numerous other 'real' instruments

Don't listen to anyone talking smack about the keys

Note: I owned the MKI version of this keyboard, not the MKII. I'm chiming in on the key action. The keys are SUPPOSED TO BE light weight, and y'all just aren't good at playing synths. These french synth geeks know how to make keys, and they are superior keys to other keyboard in this price range. Synth keys are supposed to be light weight so that you your timing is better for percussive sounds, and people who wrote bad reviews of the keys are not good synth players.Some people wrote about the software being buggy and crashing... Yes all of my Aruria plugins were crashing for a while but they fixed it with an update. You need to update the software and firmware, and the crashing will stop... dirpa dirpa! Don't post a review before you updated the software. Almost every piece of music software I've owned has been plagued with crashes for a while; and I've been producing music since 2003.Two people wrote about the keys failing, but that was only two people. I'm a computer engineer and make MIDI controllers, and that failure rate sounds about normal. I had two different Novation Remote SL's have keys go out on me in a row, so I'm not surprised. One reviewer wrote about the keys falling off, I'm pretty sure that he damaged the keyboard himself transporting it, because that's the mechanics of the keyboard don't support that being a typical failure pattern.
Music background: computer engineer, audio engineer, producer, trumpet player, controllerist, artist, recovering techno addict

Mixed feelings, but good.

I love the design behind this keyboard. The price is really good when you consider everything you get including the software. My complaints are more in the hardware side of things. Here are some thoughts. 1. The keys do feel cheap. Just like the other reviewer mentioned. They are not horrible, but not amazing. Some of the keys are even a tad bit crooked. Still playable, but I'm not planning on this keyboard lasting more than 3-5 years before keys start getting stuck and having problems. 2. The build is solid, but the end wood pieces are not real wood. Their advertising on this is pretty deceptive. Some of their videos definitely hint to the fact that the end pieces are real wood. When I got it, I honestly thought it was real wood because it looks very believable. But I heard somebody else complaining that the wood sticker was peeling off. When I looked closer at the end pieces, I realized that they are in fact not real wood. 3. Pads. The pads just aren't working how I was hoping. There is software that comes with it that allows you to tweak it to your hearts content, but I feel like you have to hit them super hard to reach the 120's which you generally want for drum stuff. You can change the curves to make the velocities higher with the pads, but then it also brings up the volume of any mis-triggering caused by vibration of hitting the pads. I can easily get the drum velocities I want on the actual keys, but the pads are so much more work. 4. Look. This thing still looks amazing. As long as the stickers on the end pieces don't start peeling, it will continue to look nice. 5. The other knobs, wheels, buttons are great. The rest of this keyboard is fantastic and exactly what I'd expect in a great product in this price range.
Music background: Music Producer, Recording Engineer, Music Educator, Drummer/Pianist

Sweetwater Advice

Enej Begovic

When I decided to upgrade my production rig, I wanted a controller keyboard that could handle a wide range of functions, so I went withan Arturia KeyLab. In addition to the well-balanced semi-weighted keyboard, I have a whole set of controllers and pads right in front of me, and everything interface easily with any DAW I use. I'm also impressed by the include theAnalog Lab 2 soft synth, which includes high-quality sounds I can use in any genre.
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