Arturia Keystep Pro is 4-track polyphonic MIDI & CV sequencer, drum programmer & MIDI controller with aftertouch in one portable device and now available
At NAMM 2020, Arturia presented the Keystep Pro, a new long-desired 4-track polyphonic sequencer and controller for DAWless and in the box music production. Today the company celebrates the official release and the first devices will be delivered in the next few days. But what can the Keystep Pro do? Well, a lot.
It features a 37 notes slim velocity & aftertouch sensitive key-bed with 4 independent sequencers that allow you to control whatever synth, module, or drum machine you want. Hardware or software doesn’t matter, it works with both nicely. If you use the CV Gate you are limited to 4 individual mono instruments or one poly synth with 4 voices, or any combination between.
Each track has 16 patterns and each pattern can be up 64 steps where each step can have 16 notes. So you can easily program polyphonic sequences in it. With pattern chaining, you can link up to 16 patterns together. A near must-have feature for an advanced sequencer especially if you want to create whole songs or sections of your set.
The Keystep Pro features a scene functionality that lets you create snapshots and instantly switch between sets of sequences during performances or jams. Load, duplicate, tweak, edit or save them very quickly and the finish sets can be saved in the onboard memory. Arturia made sure that you have enough connections for hardware and software: 4 CV, gate, and mod outputs, 8 dedicated drum gate outputs, clocks, MIDI in, 2 MIDI outs, a solo-metronome output, sustain input and USB for easy power and DAW/virtual instrument control.
Not Only For DAWless Music Production
Important here is that KPro is not just made for hardware lovers but also for your DAW. Easily sequence and arpeggiate your virtual instruments, sync it with your software studio, and switch to the dedicated Control mode to control parameters in your favorite synths and effects. No Bluetooth onboard and therefore no Ableton Link, too bad.
Nonetheless, it can do everything you want from a sequencer: real-time sequencing, step recording & editing, drum sequences, and polyrhythmic pattern generation.
Want to learn more and get to know all the subtleties of the device? YouTuber Loopop made another nice 35min+ video manual about the device.
Arturia Keystep Pro is available now for 399€ worldwide.
More information here: Arturia
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