BeatStep from Arturia Goes Pro


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BeatStep Pro is the new version of the Beatstep Sequencer and Controller.

BeatStep Pro is a controller, sequencer and drum machine with 16 pads and knobs for hands on controlling of stuff.

“Two independent melodic sequencers and a drum sequencer put thousands of on-the-spot ideas at your disposal.”

I hope the “Beatstep Pro” is better than the regular old Beatstep, as I recently purchased one and had to exchange it because the pads were sending multiple midi notes making it unusable. After returning it and having the same problem with a second unit, I finally gave up and exchanged the Beatstep for the Akai LPD8 which has been fine.

Why the Beaststep was giving up multiple midi hits when you hit the pads is a mystery to me. Must have been a manufacturing issue.

Unfortunately the response from Arturia support was slow and of no help. They just said they were working on a solution. I hope they have a solution for the multiple midi hits problem for the Beatstep Pro, because it’s a beautiful looking piece of gear as was the regular Beatstep with which I had problems.

I tell it like I see it.

Sorry to have to inject that negative review of the sibling Beatstep as this “Beatstep Pro” may not have any problems with MIDI and the pads giving off false multiple hits.

So – what is this PRO version of Beatstep? Let’s let Arturia tell us:

“With BeatStep Pro you can connect to virtually any musical device within reach: computers, virtual instruments, modular synths, drum machines; anything with USB, MIDI in and out, CV/Gate outputs, Clock in and out, or DIN sync. From the oldest music technology to the newest and beyond, BeatStep Pro is bound to become the centerpiece of your setup and the heart of your creative efforts for many years to come.

With BeatStep Pro you are master of the performance, taking full control of virtual devices, analog and digital instruments, drum machines and iPad apps all at once. 16 Projects are instantly accessible, each of which contains 16 sequences per melodic sequencer and 16 patterns for the drum sequencer. That’s over 4000 possible combinations per Project!

Each melodic sequence can be up to 64 steps long with individual articulation of pitch, velocity and gate time per note. These are the most powerful step sequencers ever made. The drum sequencer has 16 separate tracks per sequence (one per pad). Record in real time from the pads or use the step buttons for that classic drum machine workflow.”

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