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NAMM2014: Arturia BeatStep

While this year's NAMM has shown off many drool-worthy "want to have" items, Arturia is the first to show off a "holy shit must have" in the new BeatStep. For $100 (street) this little controller looks like a simple MIDI instrument, but in addition to providing 16-pads and 16-knobs this device can also operate as a stand-alone sequencer! Arturia expects to ship these in March.

Arturia BeatStep:

BeatStep is highly versatile, capable of triggering clips in such applications as Ableton Live, it 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.

Main Features:

  • 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
  • Standalone MIDI or CV operation when powered via standard USB power adaptor
  • USB Class compliant (no drivers)

There are a lot of videos available for this one! Several on Arturia's YouTube channel are worth checking out, including this demo of the step-sequencer CV/Gate controlling a Pittsburg Modular synth. Sonic State got a preview of it on the NAMM show floor as well.

Reader Comments 11


January 24, 2014  | person_outline gatearray

I want one

January 24, 2014  | person_outline Brian

Yep, grabbing this. Like my Impulse 25, it can be powered through a USB power adaptor - love when that happens.

January 24, 2014  | person_outline Em

Me too, for sequencing the Volca Keys mainly.

January 24, 2014  | person_outline A.C.

I'll have to go back to arturia's booth and check this out. I keep getting sucked into the Microbrute when I've gone by.

January 24, 2014  | person_outline HoldernessMedia

Excited about this. Other solutions for a simple, new hardware sequencer have been much more expensive boutique options. I wonder if I could use one to simultaneously MIDI control my Elektron Sidstation and CV clock-sync my Volcas.

January 25, 2014  | person_outline kerm

^^^ according to the demo guy at NAMM, the answer to your question is yes. :)

January 25, 2014  | person_outline gatearray

...oops, just saw CV clock sync, not sure about that one. the NAMM guy said the two outputs can be used simultaneously but I think the send the same pattern.

January 25, 2014  | person_outline gatearray

Novation have gotta be black n blue with the bruises from kickin themselves over this one ...
Over Ten years making controllers including the launchpad , with previous excellent midi sequencing/arp experience from their early synth days .....how didnt they see this ?
Best cancel their Launchcontrol factory contract , they wont be selling many of those now.

January 25, 2014  | person_outline sparkle

@gatearray: Thanks for the info! I'm still picking one up even if it can't quite work that way. The only other question I have is about note length or gate time.

January 25, 2014  | person_outline Kerm

no prob! and it looks like gate time is controlled by the computer editor software at this point, hopefully there's a way to control it from the unit itself, too. :)

January 25, 2014  | person_outline gatearray

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