Arturia BeatStep USB, MIDI and CV Pad Controller

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The Arturia BeatStep is a standalone real-time analogue-style step sequencer capable of controlling analogue CV synths, external MIDI synths, iPads (via Camera Connection kit) and PC/Mac software and virtual instruments via USB.

At its heart, the Arturia BeatStep is a 16 step pad sequencer for triggering and programming drums and loops, as well as control synthesis and vst parameters via the 16 rotary encoders. Synced up to DAW, iPad or drum software of choice you can use the BeatStep to trigger loops or tap out beats via the velocity sensitive pads as a percussionist. You can also run it as a step sequencer to step input each of the drum parts like the classic drum machines of old.

The BeatStep is also fitted with a CV/GATE output for interfacing with analogue synthesizers such as modular synth racks or modern synths such as Arturia’s own MiniBrute. The step sequencer really comes into its own when used like this as you can programme in the midi notes and use the BeatStep as a MIDI to CV converter and sequence your modular synth units.

The BeatStep is also an excellent and versatilestandalone (via a USB power socket) USB/MIDI pad and knob controller!

The Main Features of The Arturia BeatStep Include:

  • 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 Centre 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)

Added by: James Crofts

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Product Reviews

Written by David Cochen on 19th May 2015

sickest modular sequencer out there

under £100 this is easily the sickest modular sequencer out there!