Arturia returns with their KeyLab Essentials range of slick and colourful controller keyboards.
Coming in two sizes of 49 or 61 key variants, priced at £189 and £235 respectively, the new keyboards are an affordable and stripped-down option for producers looking for a quality controller for their studio or performance set-up.
KeyLab Essentials ships with Arturia’s Analog Lab 2 software included, as well as Ableton Live Lite and UVI’s Grand Piano, offering an impressive and complete out-the-box production environment for newbies or professionals.
DJ Mag Tech's favourite feature is KeyLab Essentials's Chord Mode which works in a similar way to Native Instruments’ chord feature, allowing users to play out complex chords just by pressing a single key.
If these new keyboard controllers are still too big for your production set-up, Arturia also offer the excellent MiniLab MKII MIDI controller as a more compact option.
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