Arturia BeatStep USB/MIDI/CV Controller and Sequencer

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Product Description

It's a USB/MIDI controller, It’s a MIDI to CV converter, It’s a Sequencer… No… It’s All of the above. The compact and intuitive Arturia BeatStep offers 17 knobs, 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads and incredible connectivity to your favorite hardware and software. Control your gear with the simple layout of BeatStep and stow it easily when traveling from gig to gig.

Arturia BeatStep USB/MIDI/CV Controller and Sequencer

  • MIDI controller Mode – RED LED MODE
  • Step Sequencer mode – BLUE LED MODE
  • 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
  • 16 encoders
  • 16 MIDI Controller presets
  • 16 Sequence presets
  • Works with MIDI Control Center Editor
  • Internal and External clocking
  • CV outputs
  • USB I/O
  • MIDI output
  • iPAD compatibility (using camera connection kit)
  • Transports can send MIDI CC or MMC
  • Kensington Lock
  • Standalone MIDI or CV operation when powered via standard USB power adaptor
  • USB Class compliant (no drivers)
Arturia’s BeatStep offers a new degree of functionality and performance for a portable pad controller offering a highly versatile controller capable of triggering clips in such applications as Ableton Live. The BeatStep also allows you to play drums in conjunction with such applications as BFD or EZDrummer.

BeatStep is also a 16-step analog sequencer for creating all kinds of musical phrases to be sent to analog synthesizers, MIDI drum machines, MIDI keyboard devices, or computer programs. Its vast connectivity allows you to interface BeatStep with a computer or iPAD using USB, a drum module using MIDI or an analog synthesizer equipped with CV/GATE.

Product Specifications
Arturia BeatStep USB Controller and Sequencer Specifications
  • 16 backlit pads :
    • Red = MIDI CC mode
    • Blue = SEQ mode
    • Velocity and pressure sensitive pads
  • 16 assignable encoders with 3 modes
    • MIDI CC
    • NRPN/RPN
    • Program Change
  • Transport Buttons
    • Sends MIDI clock with Start/Stop (internal sync)
    • Sends MMC play and stop messages.
  • Data Dial
    • Volume MIDI CC7 – Control Mode
    • Rate – in SEQUENCE mode
    • Seq Transpose – SHIFT+Data Dial
  • Kensington Lock
  • MIDI CC mode – RED LEDS
  • 16 user presets
  • Multiple pad modes
    • NOTE data
    • MIDI CC data
    • Program Change with Bank
  • Step Sequencer – BLUE LEDS
    • 16 user step sequences
    • Step play modes
      • Forward
      • Reverse
      • Alternate > <
      • Random
    • Time divisions
      • ¼th, 1/8th, 1/16th, 1/32nd
    • Internal or External Sync
    • Direct MIDI channel select
    • Pattern Length = 1 -16 steps
    • Sysex functions
      • Swing 50%-75%
      • Gate Time
      • Legato playback mode
      • User Scale setting
  • Connectivity
    • Mini USB in/out (DC in for standalone operation)
    • 3.5mm MIDI output
    • 3.5mm CV & Gate outputs
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Great bang for the buck but not perfect
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Combining a pads and knobs controller with a step sequencer and MIDI/CV interface was a pretty audacious move, but Beatstep delivers the goods. Yet it's not 100% there. The main issue I have with the sequencer is the use of endless rotaries (which I love in controller mode, go figure). Tweaking your sequence is totally by ear (good, right?) but with no visual feedback it's easy to get lost while programming. The sequencer performance features (changing length and direction, skips) are great but may glitch if you do not trigger at exactly the right time...practice, practice! Switching sequences however, is glitch free. It can be operated standalone but some features can only be edited on your computer, including swing and gate length. As a controller it gets very high marks, I'd give it only a 3 for the sequencer. For the price though it is easy to forgive the flaws. For live performance Beatstep is highly recommended.
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