Arturia is now shipping their new KeyLab 88, a professional-grade, 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller. KeyLab 88 is the ideal companion for true piano playing and the first 3,000 units come complete with Grand Piano Model D from French developer UVI, which emulates the Steinway Model D concert grand piano, and the Pianoteq 5 Stage, a physical modelling-based virtual instrument that provides acoustic and electric piano recreations as well as chromatic instruments.
KeyLab 88 also comes with Arturia’s Analog Lab, a software synthesizer solution with 6,000-plus presets. These include the TAE (True Analog Emulation) synthesis-powered Mini V (Minimoog monosynth emulation), Wurlitzer V (virtually bringing back to life the well-known Wurly electric piano), and more. Similar to its smaller KeyLab siblings, KeyLab 88 offers the combo a hardware synthesizer with the flexibility of a software-based solution. It is preassigned to work with Analog Lab from the get-go, giving users instant in-depth control over key sound parameters, such as filter cutoff, resonance, and adjusting envelopes, courtesy of its selection of knobs and sliders, 16 backlit pressure-sensitive pads, plus an informative LED screen.
Arturia has pushed the design envelope with well-thought-through added touches such as an attachable shelf extension to create a work surface suited to comfortably accommodating a laptop or even a lead synth such as Arturia’s compact and bijou MicroBrute monosynth.
» Includes Analog Lab with 5000 synth sounds (mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, SEM V and Jupiter-8V, Wurlitzer V)
» 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.
» 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, 10 assignable switches and 16 backlit pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity.
» 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.
» Product dimensions: 127.5/35/9.5 cm – Net weight: 13 Kg
Arturia’s KeyLab 88 is available now for $699 / €699.