Arturia Keylab Essential MK3 MIDI Controllers get New Features and An Upgraded workflow

Arturia today introduced Keylab Essential mk3, a major update to its universal MIDI controller keyboard.

More affordable than the standard KeyLab controllers, KeyLab Essential MIDI keyboards give you what their name suggests: essential and at a reasonable price.

The new mk3 models are designed to make these ‘boards even more useful and accessible, with an overhauled workflow and several new features, like now a bigger display with contextual buttons, along with two multi-purpose pad banks. And, including encoders, faders and other controls are here.

Behind the scenes, there are now custom scripts for Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Cubase and Bitwig Studio, which means easy setup and tight integration with any of these DAWs. No worry if you use something different, though: MCU and HUI compatibility means that every DAW is supported.

Other enhancements include enhanced integration with Arturia’s Analog Lab and V Collection software and, on a more creative tip, an arpeggiator, single-key chord triggering, scale locking and customisation options for the three pedal inputs.

Arturia also claims that the KeyLab Essential mk3 models have an eye on sustainability; they’re made from a minimum of 40% recycled plastic and have a material carbon footprint reduction of 18%.

There are both 49- and 61-note models in the KeyLab Essential mk3 range (you can choose from any colour as long it is black or white), and each ships with a software bundle that contains Analog Lab V, Ableton Live Lite, Native Instruments’ The Gentleman, UVI Model D, a 2-month subscription to Loopcloud and the option to learn to play with Melodics.

The KeyLab Essential 61 costs $269/€249 and the KeyLab Essential 49 costs $219/€199. Find out more on the Arturia website.

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