Arturia KeyLab 88 Controller with Analog Lab 2 Software

88-note USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Aftertouch, 13 Encoders, 16 Pads, 9 Faders, and Analog Lab 2 Software - Mac/PC
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Powerful 88-key Controller Plus Awesome Synth Sounds

The Arturia KeyLab 88 is a software/hardware bundle that's primed to redefine the way you interact with virtual synths. This premium bundle includes Analog Lab 2 software, giving you a staggering 5,000 incredible presets from Arturia's mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, SEM V, Jupiter-8V, Wurlitzer V, Synclavier V, B-3 V, Stage-73 V, Farfisa V, and Piano V! For maximum control over your sounds, the KeyLab 88 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 88.

A powerful hardware controller, pre-mapped and ready to go

More than the sweet collection of sounds, the Arturia KeyLab 88 bundle comes with a hammer action 88-key MIDI controller, designed by Fatar and 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 88'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 88. 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 88 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 88 for all the software you use. And with additional inputs for sustain and expression pedals, and even a breath controller input, the KeyLab 88 may just be the ideal foundation for your production studio.

Arturia KeyLab 88 USB MIDI Controller and Software Bundle Features:

  • Value-packed combination of Analog Lab 2 software and a powerful 88-key controller
  • Hammer action keybed designed by Fatar, with velocity sensitivity and aftertouch
  • 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
  • Includes Analog Lab 2, UVI Acoustic Grand Piano, and Piano V

Tech Specs

Pads 16
Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Hammer action, 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
MIDI I/O In/Out
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 4.25"
Width 50.82"
Depth 13.89"
Weight 28.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 230441

Customer Reviews

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5/5

One of the best controllers out there!

I've been using the Arturia for awhile now, and have been just blown away at what it can do!! (especially for its price) I use it as a controller in the studio and as onstage as a main keyboardist at church, and I have never been disappointed with it! I use Ableton Live and MainStage, and it has worked just flawlessly! I would definitely recommend the Arturia to anyone, Pro keyboardist or even just a keyboard hobbyist, regardless you will not be disappointed.
Music background: Keyboardist, Audio Engineer
5/5

Best Midi Board out

The Arturia 88 is AMAZING!!! As a university student of music (classical piano major, music technology minor) I can say this is the best midi controller I have yet encountered. The keybed is incredibly realistic. I went to about 5 shops and tried all the digital and stage pianos as well as midi keyboard (including the roland A-88) and this has by far the most realistic piano feel!!! The A-88 was my second choice, but this was the best hands down. Chopin's Aeolian Harp sounded incredible on it! The keys are heavy, but no heavier that a heavy piano. The software (Pianoteq 5 and Arturias own synth plugin) it comes with is worth almost $ in itself. The board is 12 kg, making it extremely portable. It comes with a detachable stand, and a detachable rubber extension of the board on which to sit your computer (a major help if you're planning on playing live sets from your DAW while playing piano.) Looks beautiful Buy it!
Music background: Professional Classical Pianist and composer
5/5

Best Playing MIDI Controller on the Market

I have been using MIDI controllers for years for both recording and live stage settings. I was looking for something that worked well with Ableton, Mainstage, Kontakt, Reason, etc, but also looking for something that played like a piano. I also own an AKAI MPK88. The AKAI is a nice keyboard, but the action doesn't feel anything like the Arturia. At times the AKAI will miss triggering a note if you are playing the same note in a very fast pattern. But the Arturia is a pleasure to play, and it never misses for me. It feels expensive like a Korg Kronos or a Roland Phantom. The faders feed smooth and solid. Nothing about it feels cheap to me. I love the look of it as well. I wish it came in black so it would blend into the stage in a live setting more, but that's no big deal. This is the best MIDI Controller I've ever used. I feel like I ask a lot of my controllers and this one delivers.
Music background: Professional
5/5

Beautiful

As a classical pianist, recording engineer/producer, I absolutely love the Arturia KeyLab 88. It has an awesome piano-like feel, sensitivity is awesome and the keys seem very quiet compared to most weighted keyboards. The Pianoteq plugin that comes with it has some beautiful presets for the grand piano player. I also own the KeyLab 61 which I now use for synth's, strings, organs, etc... The "Analog Lab" plugin which comes with both of these units is awesome. Fat, rich, warm analog sounds that I absolutely love. I really have nothing bad to say about Arturia at this time. I hope their customer support (if ever needed) is as high of quality as the equipment i own.
Music background: Professional
5/5

Awesome!

I honestly do not believe that there is another controller in this price range that can beat this one. Even those twice its price would have a hard time claiming to be better. It is built like a tank and all of the controls are top notch quality. I know that actions tend to be a subjective topic but being a concert level pianist, I find this action very, very good. The software that comes with the controller is excellent as well. I am using it with EWQL Pianos and it works with these pianos very well too. Additionally, all of the pianos that come with Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate work equally well too.I have a Roland DP-10 plugged in to the expression jack and a M-Audio SP-2 plugged in to the sustain jack. I have the expression jack configured for CC67 (soft) and this setup works quite well. I may get another DP-10 for the aux jack so I can do half pedaling.For those who care to compare, I owned the Kawai MPK88 prior to this controller and really did not care for the action. I thought it was stiff and non-responsive at best. I will say that the Kawai had more control options which is good if that is what you are looking for. I just got so tired of the action that I wanted something better and opted for this one. I am glad I did. I won't be looking for another 88 key controller in my studio. This action is top notch IMHO.It excels as an all purpose VSTi synth controller and also controls the Analog Lab software that it ships with very well too. The only thing I would not do with this controller is mix in a DAW. I will reserve that function for a dedicated controller that I will happily place on the top right of this unit.
Music background: Professional Pianist/Composer

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.
See also: Controller Keyboards, Arturia, Arturia MIDI Controllers