Arturia KeyLab Essential 49 MK3 White


USB Midi Keyboard

  • With 49 velocity-sensitive keys
  • 8 Velocity-sensitive RGB-lit pads
  • 1 Detented encoder
  • 9 Rotary knobs
  • 9 Faders
  • Transport section with 4 function keys
  • 2.5" LC display
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheel
  • Scale mode
  • Chord mode
  • Arpeggiator
  • Mackie/HUI Control compatible
  • 2000 Presets via Analog Lab
  • 1 Control pedal input: 6.3 mm jack
  • MIDI output: 5-pin DIN
  • 1 USB-C connector (supplies power as well as MIDI and control information)
  • USB class compliant
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 784 x 76 x 248 mm
  • Weight: approx. 2.76 kg
  • Colour: White
  • Incl. Ableton Live Lite, Arturia Analog Lab, UVI Model D Grand Piano, NI The Gentleman Upright Piano as well as a subscription for Loopcloud (2 months) and Melodics (unlimited trial subscription + bonus lessons)
Available since May 2023
Item number 567139
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Aftertouch No
Split Zones 0
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 9
Fader 9
Pads 8
Display Yes
MIDI Interface 1x Out
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered Yes
Dimensions 790 x 240 x 70
Weight in kg 2,8 kg
Special Features incl. Ableton Live Lite, Arturia Analog Lab, UVI Model D Grand Piano, NI The Gentleman Upright Piano and 2 Months Loopcloud and Melodics (Endless Test Account + Bonus Lessons)
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Third-generation KeyLab

Front view of the Arturia KeyLab Essential 49 MK3 White

The KeyLab Essential 49 MK3 is the third-generation model of Arturia’s innovative and comprehensive MIDI controller. In addition to 49 velocity-sensitive keys, which allow melodies and rhythms to be imported into any DAW, the controller also features a clickable encoder, nine rotary encoders and faders, and a pitch bend and modulation wheel. Direct control of the connected DAW is provided courtesy of the transport section and via the DAW Command Center. Unlike its predecessor models, the third-generation keyboard controller now supports custom scripts to provide flexible control of various DAWs. In addition, the user interface has been completely overhauled, enabling an even faster and more simplified workflow courtesy of the new LCD screen with real-time visual feedback. And thanks to the software package included with the controller, production can start immediately.

Keys, knobs, and faders on the Arturia KeyLab Essential 49 MK3 White

Dedicated functions now assignable

The clickable encoder allows presets to be selected for each DAW via the 2.5" LCD. Above the two octavation buttons is the Chord button, which enables the activation of Chord mode, allowing the user to play a chord at the press of a single key. The eight pads provide access to corresponding maps in the KeyLab Essential software. The first two pads will allow the user to switch between controlling the DAW and the Analog Lab software, while the remaining six pads are assignable to maps, which can be created using the MIDI Control Center software. Undo and redo functions, a metronome, and a save facility for generated projects are all directly accessible via the DAW Command Center section. In addition to the MIDI output and USB-C connection, which can be used to supply power and digitally transmit MIDI data to the computer, the back of the controller is also fitted with a connection for an optionally available sustain pedal.

Keys and screen on the Arturia KeyLab Essential 49 MK3 White

Flexible control of production

The white Arturia KeyLab Essential 49 MK3 is ideal for music producers looking for a fast, intuitive, and effective workflow. In addition to an extensive import facility for melodies and rhythms, the Arturia KeyLab Essential 49 MK3 White also gives the user control of all DAW functions that are essential for music production, predominantly via the transport and DAW Command Center sections. Users will also be able to undo steps, store projects, and fast-forward, rewind, and loop playback from the controller, which can additionally be run using the Mackie and HUI Control protocols. The third-generation model also features a new function, which will give users control of DAWs such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, and FL Studio via custom scripts. The controller can be powered via the USB-C connection.

Arturia logo on the back of the Arturia KeyLab Essential 49 MK3 White

About Arturia

Arturia's success story began with software emulations of well-known analogue synthesizers such as the Moog Minimoog, Sequential Prophet-5, and Oberheim SEM. The popular software instruments included in the V Collection are still flagship products of the French developer today. Over time, Arturia has gradually expanded its range and now also offers a host of hardware devices, ranging from synthesizers and keyboard controllers to sequencers. Since then, the former software developer has thus also become a household name in the world of analogue synthesizers and other equipment.

Software package included

The software package supplied with the third-generation KeyLab Essential 49 MK3 has been expanded and is now even more extensive than that of the previous generations. Music production can start immediately courtesy of the Ableton Live Lite DAW, which offers numerous effects and virtual instruments. The two sample-based virtual pianos – UVI Model D and The Gentleman from Native Instruments – enable customised melody configuration courtesy of their numerous parameters. The Analog Lab V software also comes with more than 2,000 presets from Arturia’s V Collection for cross-genre production. And, as the icing on the cake, the package comes with a two-month subscription to Loopcloud, which provides access to millions of licence-free loops. The further addition of a trial subscription to Melodics will also prove ideal for beginners, enabling them to learn how to play a keyboard in multiple lessons.

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14 Reviews

Incredible value for the price
Sisha 07.07.2023
Everything you need for a good price! The construction quality, the flexibility of routing and the software that comes with it, everything exceeded expectations.


First USB Midi Controller Keyboard
GilesB 03.07.2023
I was looking to purchase my first USB Midi controller. I have only limited experience with 'modern' equipment - my first system many years ago being a very analogue 4 track tape system, with a more 'recent' foray into the digital world with a analogue 12 track Alesis DAW and Reaper, but never had the time to do much with it. Now, several years later I am trying to finaly get a 'studio' together again.

I had decided that the way to go was to get a 49 key controller. I was going to purchase the M-Audio Oxygen Pro 49, when I saw the MK3 version of the Arturia KeyLab Essential 49. This has many of the things that were present in the Oxygen Pro but not in the previous version of this keyboard, as well as things that were much better - like the LCD display. This makes a huge difference, as far as I am concerned. Also the rotatry encoders fully rotate, meaning you don't have to rotate them to 'pick up' the setting you are trying to alter you just start altering.

The software installed easily and the integration with Abelton Lite was automatic and seamless. Beign able to control most, if not all, of what you want to control from the keyboard, with an extremely informative LCD screen, certainly satisfies the analogue part of me as well as making the usage flow much simpler.

I have only given 4 out of 5 (I would have given 4.5 but this is not possible) because I would have prefered semi-weighted keys.

I am certainly very pleased with my purchase, the build and feel for the price is much better than I was expecting. The faders and encoders are positive and have a nice resistance. The main rotary control has a very solid feel. The pads and transport controls all have a good feel too. I got it in the white version as I was trying to avoid too many black boxes - and it does look nice on the desk, which for me was a consideration: if I'm going to be staring at something for many hours it's nice if I enjoy the look too :)


Perfect Keyboard
Domek 26.08.2023
I was looking into these for a long time and I'm so happy Arturia came up with MK3! The upgrade is perfect and for me as an FL Studio user having the DAW compatibility is so useful. I love the build quality, the key travel, the pads are much better, all the knobs and controls are amazing and of course the Arturia software control and the free software that comes with it is great for any level you might be at. For me the best MIDI keyboard in this price range, definitely worth it!


EmilH 21.11.2023
Absolutely love the look and feel of this keyboard, recommend it to anyone!!