Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 MK3 Black 88-Key MIDI Controller

This full-range keyboard controller removes barriers and makes creativity simple, with expressive semi-weighted keys, idea-sparking creative functions, and the most inspiring music software.

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Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 MK3 88-Key MIDI Controller – Black

Take command of your sounds, and perform like you’ve always dreamed of. Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 MK3 Black is an intuitive, powerful, carefully crafted controller with a full size keyboard. Above all, it invites you to unleash your creative flow with note-spanning flair.

Your keys to creativity

A new standard for studio professionals, performers and beginner pianists, the KeyLab Essential 88 MK3 Black carries the legacy of 7 octaves forward, offering an accessible and elegant full-length design. In fact, it’s an ideal centrepiece for your professional setup, or for getting your playing skills off the ground.

Control any DAW

Enjoy plug-and-play connectivity and ready-mapped controls with your DAW of choice. Furthermore, KeyLab Essential 88 MK3 Black doesn’t just feature familiar MCU & HUI compatibility; it also has custom scripts for DAWs. Therefore, experience means next-level integration.

Customize your workflow

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

Pro software Included

From faithfully recreated acoustic instruments and pianos to a myriad of classic and modern synths sounds, KeyLab Essential 88 mk3 Black has you covered. 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 88 MK3 Black’s semi-weighted 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 88 MK3 Black’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.


Additionally, tweak your track levels, envelope settings, selected parameters on your Arturia instruments with ultra-smooth faders at your fingertips.

DAW controls

Instantly switch from sculpting your synth sounds to piloting your DAW project with KeyLab Essential 88 MK3 Black’s DAW controls. Also, its custom integration scripts even ensure that the most crucial controls work perfectly, whatever DAW you’re using.

Practice meets perfect

KeyLab Essential 88 MK3 Black comes into its own when improvising a dextrous solo or keying a dynamic lead progression. If you are simply seeking fresh inspiration and pitch-perfect play, it has you covered too. The chord, scale and arpeggiator modes mean you can easily embellish your performance, stay in key and trigger vibrant sequences.

Your eco-designed MIDI controller

KeyLab Essential mk3 follows in the footsteps of MiniLab 3, the world’s first eco-designed MIDI controller. Arturia worked to continue this trend and apply sustainable practices to the 88 key version. Specifically, they maintained the best possible feel, build quality and durability. Furthermore, this includes sourcing the best recycled-plastic and confecting a 100% recycled packaging in the production of every single product.

Box Content:

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

Premium Keybed quality

  • 88-note velocity-sensitive semi-weighted keyboard


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 transpos


Software integration

  • Seamless integration with Analog Lab Pro and V Collection: 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 Pro software with 2000+ sounds
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Native Instruments’ The Gentleman
  • UVI Model D
  • 2-month Loopcloud subscription
  • Melodics subscription for 40 lesson



  • 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

Size: 49.53 x 10.04 x 2.63 inches (1258 x 255 x 66.8 mm)

Weight: 18.08 lbs. (8.2 Kg)

For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.