Arturia Keylab Essential 61

(2 customer reviews)


Unlock your musical potential with the Arturia Keylab Essential 61 midi keyboard – the perfect instrument for both aspiring and professional musicians alike.



The Arturia Keylab Essential 61 MIDI device is an excellent instrument for musicians who are looking for a versatile and easy-to-use controller keyboard. This keyboard is the perfect solution for any musician who needs a reliable, high-quality keyboard to interface with their digital audio workstation (DAW).

The keyboard is designed with a 61-note velocity-sensitive keyboard that provides plenty of space for both playing and programming. The Semi-weighted keys have a nice feel to them and respond well to touch, making them an excellent choice for piano, keyboard and synth players.

The Keylab Essential 61 also features a plethora of controls, including 8 RGB backlit, multi-purpose pressure-sensitive pads that can be used for drum programming, sample triggering, and more. Additionally, the keyboard has a collection of 9 faders, 9 rotary knobs and 10 assignable quick-click buttons, which can be customized to work with your preferred software.

Another important feature of the Keylab Essential 61 is its compatibility with different software programs and plugins. The device comes with pre-configured mappings for most commonly used music creation software such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Cubase, and Pro Tools. This means you can connect the keyboard to your workstation and start using it right out of the box.

In terms of connectivity, the keyboard has USB and MIDI ins and outs, which make it easy to connect to your computer and other MIDI-enabled devices. There’s also a sustain pedal input.

The Arturia Keylab Essential 61 is built to withstand the rigors of the road and is encased in a rugged, high-quality chassis that ensures durability and reliability. The keyboard is super lightweight and portable, making it easy to take to gigs or anywhere you want to make music.

In conclusion, the Arturia Keylab Essential 61 is an excellent MIDI keyboard that is packed with features and designed to provide maximum flexibility and control. Whether you’re a beginner looking for an easy-to-use keyboard, or a pro looking for a powerful controller, this device is an excellent choice. It’s versatile, easy to use, and built to last, making it a reliable and invaluable addition to any musician’s setup.


Arturia Keylab Essential 61 properties

Product name Keylab Essential 61
Brand Arturia
Type Keyboard Instruments
Keyboard Instrument Keyboard
Keys Yes
Number of Keys 61 pcs
Drawbars/Sliders Yes
Pads Yes
Rotary Controls Yes
Colour Black, White

Additional information


Product type

Keyboard Instrument


Number of Keys



Rotary Controls



2 reviews for Arturia Keylab Essential 61

  1. Mat

    A solid product, I am very satisfied with the product itself, and as a key and as a DAWA controller. ..maybe a little power-hungry for a computer, but ok .. but integration with one studio and probably other niche Dawami – a road through the torment, fortunately one YouTube tutorial shows it well, and in the end everything flashes, but there were moments that I wanted to send back with for this reason, because miracles were happening in DAWA .. and from Arturia herself, you won’t find out about it. Soft for Midi editing – known for basic matters, not necessary, but unintuitive, very weak ..
    You have an Analog lab in the package – very great, uvi piano – somehow, if someone was expecting great foam like me, then no … plus great editing possibilities, I do not use the third GIFT

  2. Valerie

    The Arturia Keylab Essential 61 is truly a masterpiece in all its 61-key glory. Wow, 61 whole keys! Who knew that was even possible?! It’s like having a whole orchestra at your fingertips, or at least a really big chunk of one. Just imagine the possibilities!

    Now, let’s talk about the professional use of this extraordinary MIDI keyboard. If you’re a serious musician looking to create groundbreaking compositions, the Keylab Essential 61 is just what you need. Those 61 keys will give you the power to play with intensity and finesse, as if you were Beethoven himself. The precision and control that this keyboard provides will surely make those people from Portsmouth jealous of your musical prowess.

    But don’t worry, even if you’re an amateur or just a casual music enthusiast, the Arturia Keylab Essential 61 has got you covered. The 61 keys will give you plenty of room to awkwardly press buttons and play the wrong notes, just like a true beginner would. Who needs to play the correct keys anyway? The beauty of music lies in imperfection, right?

    So, whether you’re an aspiring Mozart or someone who just enjoys making noise, the Arturia Keylab Essential 61 and its 61 pcs (yes, I said pcs, because that’s how serious we are about keys) have got you covered. Go forth, my friend, and conquer the musical world with all 61 of those magnificent keys!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I configure the Arturia Keylab Essential 61's MIDI output to send performance data and program changes simultaneously to multiple devices via USB?

To configure the Arturia Keylab Essential 61's MIDI output to send performance data and program changes simultaneously to multiple devices via USB, follow these steps:

1. Connect both of your MIDI devices (such as a synthesizer and a sequencer) to the USB hub that is connected to the Keylab Essential 61. Make sure each device is powered separately. Press and hold the "UTILITY" button on the Keylab Essential 61 until the display shows "MIDI SETUP". Use the "DATA ENTRY" knob to navigate to "USB-TO-DEVICE". Press the "PAGE" button to access the additional settings for USB-to-device mode. Select "PC & MULTITIMBRAL" from the list of options. Navigate to "USB OUT" and select "ON" to enable MIDI output via USB. Use the "DATA ENTRY" knob to navigate to "PERFORMANCE CHANGE". Select "ALL" to send performance changes simultaneously to all connected devices. Repeat this step for "PROGRAM CHANGE", but select "ALL (PC)" instead to ensure that program changes are sent to both the PC and any multitimbral instruments connected via USB. Use the "DATA ENTRY" knob to navigate back to the main MIDI setup menu and save your settings by pressing the "WRITE" button. Test your configuration by sending performance changes and program changes from your Keylab Essential 61 to both of your connected devices simultaneously via USB.

How does the Arturia Keylab Essential 61's Advanced Integration technology enhance communication between hardware and software, resulting in seamless MIDI performance?

The Arturia Keylab Essential 61's Advanced Integration technology ensures seamless communication between your hardware and software by providing a unified control solution that is fully compatible with major digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro X, Reason, Studio One, FL Studio, Bitwig Studio, and GarageBand. This technology ensures that all the controllers on the keyboard, including faders, knobs, and buttons, are automatically mapped to your preferred DAW software, allowing for effortless and intuitive control over your virtual instruments and effects. Additionally, the Keylab Essential 61 features dedicated DAW integration modes that provide customized mapping options and advanced functionality specific to each DAW. This level of integration results in a seamless MIDI performance experience that allows you to focus on creating music rather than worrying about setting up your hardware and software.