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Arturia KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller 

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The KeyLab 88 is a professional-grade 88-note MIDI keyboard controller designed with the working musician in mind. Packed with the Analog Lab softwar...Click To Read More About This Product

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Detailed 88-note keyboard controller with a realistic piano feel.

The KeyLab 88 is a professional-grade 88-note MIDI keyboard controller designed with the working musician in mind. Packed with the Analog Lab software, you get 5000 TAE synthesizer presets from the greatest synths ever. The Keylab 88 is not just another MIDI keyboard controller; it has been designed to be the premium control center for the modern musician.


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FEATURES
  • Includes Analog Lab with 5000 synth sounds
  • All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths
  • Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads¬¶), by Characteristics (long, bright, dark ¬¶)
  • In-depth Preset Editing available for the owners of the Arturia Classic Synthesizers
  • More than 200 Multi patches organized by musical genres, each made of two different synth patches with effects, layers and splits...
  • Straightforward editing, with a complete array of parameters for tweaking sounds, directly assigned to the controls of the Keylab 88

Turn your favorite soft synths into a professional-grade hardware instrument.

SPECIFICATIONS

KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller

  • Keyboard : 88 note hammer action Fatar keybed with velocity and aftertouch.
  • Controls : 2 clickable encoders, 6 transport switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel, two banks of 10 encoders, two banks of 9 sliders, 1 volume encoder and 10 assignable switches.
  • Connectors : MIDI in & out, USB, Sustain pedal, Expression pedal, Aux footswitch, Breath controller inputs.
  • High quality aluminum and wooden construction.
  • 32 digits LCD screen.
  • Functions as an universal MIDI controller.
  • Use with Analog Lab or with any other MIDI software.
  • Product dimensions : 129.1/35.3/10.8 cm - Net weight : 13 Kg
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ArturiaKeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller
 
4.7

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Keylab 88 after 2 weeks

By RX2_Fan

from Buford, GA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Customizable
  • Good Quality
  • Power User Rated

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Pretty Steep Learning Cur

Best Uses

  • Anything You Can Dream
  • Concerts

Comments about Arturia KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller:

Received just in time for Christmas after watching availability for 6 months or more. Light enough to gig with, but a sturdy aluminum frame. Using MainStage 3.x for my DAW, and the KL88 gives me plenty of controls for multiple voices.

Had some difficulty getting the sustain pedal to work correctly, but once I found the proper setting, it's been flawless. Working on getting the touch sensitivity set the way I want now.

Action seemed a bit heavy out of the box, but playing heads up against my Korg SG-ProX, (also a FATAR bed), the KL88 is comparable. Key bounce is a bit noisy, but not a problem in a gig situation.

The synth voices (downloaded from Arturia) are ok, but I prefer the MainStage voices. The UVI grand piano voice is top notch.

I wouldn't recommend the KL88 for novices. You have to be a bit of a gear-head to appreciate the customization options.

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5.0

High Quality Controller With A Great Action

By FrankKeyC

from Brentwood, Tn

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Not best for DAW mixing

Best Uses

  • Composing
  • Practicing
  • VSTi Controller

Comments about Arturia KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller:

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.

 
5.0

Amazing board

By Panor

from Melbourne, Australia

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Arturia KeyLab 88 Keyboard Controller:

    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 around Melbourne and tried all the digital and stage pianos as well as midi keyboard (priced 500 up to 8k) (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 500 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!

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