Arturia KeyLab 88 MKII 88-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

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95 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$999
Arturia KeyLab 88 MKII MIDI Keyboard Controller

Gearank High Notes

Arturia KeyLab 88 MKII: Highest Rated 88-Key MIDI Controller Keyboard - 2022.08
Arturia KeyLab 88 MKII: Highest Rated MIDI Controller Keyboard from $500 to $1000 - 2022.07

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Specifications

  • Keys: 88 hammer action, Weighted Fatar TP/100LR Keybed
  • Pads: 16 x RGB Backlit Performance Pads
  • Controls:9 x Rotary Encoders, 9 x Faders, Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
  • Octave: 2 Octaves (+/-)
  • Automap: Yes
  • Connectivity: 1 x 1/4" (sustain), 1 x 1/4" (expression), 3 x 1/4" (aux pedals), MIDI In/Out/Thru/USB, CV; Pitch out, Gate out, Mod 1, Mod 2, CV in,
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes
  • Compatibility: OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit , Windows 7 SP1 or later, 64-bit
  • Power: External AC adapter
  • Dimensions: 50.9" x 12.7" " x 4.4"
  • Weight: 32.4 lbs.
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite, Analog Lab Software

User Feedback

Glowing reviews are all focused on how good the keys feel to the touch.

One reviewer noted that the response feels similar to his Steinberg Grand Piano.

A lot of the reviewers said they were more than happy with the amount of control they can get with the KeyLab 88.

While many found the keys to feel great, others found them to be a bit "spongy", particularly for players used to synth-action keys.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Strong Mocha Thorsten Meyer 100/100
Sound On Sound Simon Sherbourne 93/100
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