beatstep

The BeatStep is a new pad controller / sequencer from Arturia that somehow reminds me of my beloved OP-1, footprint-wise.

With its 16 back-lit pads you can either lay down a dynamic drum performance or switch to sequencer mode and enable / disable each pad in a 16-step sequence. You can then use the 16 available encoders for controlling the pitch of each individual pad.

Outside of the sequence mode the encoders can serve a variety of functions all tailored to realtime performance changes. You can store and recall up to 16 sequence patterns.

For connectivity there are MIDI, USB, and CV/GATE options, allowing you to control everything from hardware to your iOS devices (through the CCK).

Release date is yet to be announced, the BeatStep will go for around $129 which includes a presupplied Kensington Lock as well.

Check out the introduction video:

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