The Arturia KeyLab 88 may look like a controller, but it’s actually a powerful hybrid synth. Arturia gives you tons of hands-on control. In addition to the 88 hammer action, velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch, 13 encoders, 16 pads, and nine sliders, you get Analog Lab software, with 5, 000 fantastic presets from Arturia’s Modular V, CS-80V, Mini V, Arp 2600V, Jupiter 8V, Prophet V, Oberheim SEM V, and Wurlitzer V. If portability, hands-on control, and amazing sounds are on your must-have list, here’s what you need: the Arturia KeyLab 88. 88-key controller with a good piano-like action and feel. I was very impressed especially at the price point and the wood trim on the sides gives this a nice look as well.
The included software for the analog synths and pianos are a very nice bonus. I found this keyboard worked well with Pianoteq 5 (which I already had but is also included). The multitude of controls turned out to be another bonus and I have it working with Sonar X3 as a control surface which is really handy. I like controlling the recording transport functions right off the keyboard, it is so much faster. One other thing I really liked, is the wide attachable music rack.