Arturia BeatStep Pro
Once in a great while a product comes along that is so incredibly useful, so brilliantly simple that it fills a musical gap like nothing before it. BeatStep Pro fits that description perfectly. It offers an astounding array of control options, sequencing capabilities and potential connections, and whether your setup is all analog, all digital, or any blend of the two, it will gravitate to the center of everything you do and stay there.
BeatStep Pro: As unique as the music you will make with it.
Here is a setup example showing the possibilities of this amazing piece of technology.
BeatStep Pro thrives at the center of a diverse, powerful system. We designed it to be compatible with almost any hardware or computer-based device you might want to use with it. USB and MIDI in/out ports establish two-way communication between the digital and analog worlds. Control, sequence, and synchronize other equipment, courtesy of BeatStep Pro. The melodic sequencers provide three 1/8" jack connectors each: Two CV outputs for Pitch and Velocity and one for a Gate output. You can also take advantage of your favorite drum sounds using MIDI or the eight drum gate outputs. Sync a vintage drum machine, or trigger its sounds with the patterns you create with the BeatStep Pro! And all the while the BeatStep Pro will keep the system in perfect sync.
BeatStep Pro will supercharge your creative process at the show or studio. Two independent step sequencers and a separate drum sequencer make it a highly versatile, instantly variable creative tool. As a MIDI controller it has enough customizable knobs, pads, and transport controls to drive your music where you want it to go. And with an unprecedented diversity of connections it provides the missing link between technology that was, is, and is to come.
BeatStep Pro was born for the stage. 3 integrated sequencers and 16 Projects, each loaded with 16 sequences per sequencer, means you can bring thousands of ideas to the show. Perform them as planned or make massive modifications on the spur of the moment, changing sequences and Projects with the system running; everything will stay in sync thanks to the rock-solid analog and MIDI clock i/o connections.
While you’re at it, use the touch-sensitive looper/roller strip to deliver cutting-edge fills and breaks at will. Then add a dash of unpredictability with a twist of the Randomness and Probability controls. Immediate access to an unlimited number of options means your performances will always be fresh and exciting.
Powerful, sturdy, simple to use
BeatStep Pro is incredibly powerful, but it’s also simple to use. Setup is a breeze with color-coded connections on the back panel that help you know what to plug where. And the color of the backlit Step buttons will always match the current sequencer, so you’ll always know which sequence is being edited.
There’s nothing complex about using the BeatStep Pro: it doesn’t rely on sub-menus, multi-function buttons, or convoluted processes. Everything you need to know about your Project is right in front of you, with an independent display for each sequencer so you know at a glance which sequence is playing.
Beneath it all, BeatStep Pro is a solid piece of hardware that is built to last. That’s essential for such a fantastic device, because it will be hard to stop using it once you start! The pads, buttons and knobs will always be ready to make music when you are.
Three modes of operation
BeatStep Pro features two melodic step sequencers. Record the pitch, duration and velocity of a note in real time using the pads or an external keyboard and your sequence will play back, quantized at the step resolution. You can also enter notes in step mode using the knobs and Step buttons. Sequences can have up to 64 steps, with a total of 32 sequences per Project and 16 Projects in all.
In addition to the two melodic sequencers, BeatStep Pro features a 16-track drum sequencer. As with the others, these sequences can be recorded in real time using the pads. But you can also enter the steps using a classic drum machine workflow; the choice is yours. The knobs can be used to define the velocity and duration of notes, and they’re also able to shift the timing of the notes away from the quantized values. That way your patterns will have exactly the kind of groove you want.
Knobs, buttons, and pads: BeatStep Pro has quite a few. And they’re fully customizable using the included MIDI Control Center application. Use BeatStep Pro to make your MIDI devices and VST instruments do exactly what you want them to.
All the controls you need
Careful thought went into the layout of the front panel and the selection of the rear panel connections. Here’s a brief description of each section:
|1-TRANSPORT||Send MIDI Machine Control messages to start and stop your favorite DAW. Use Record mode to enter sequences or drum patterns in real time|
|2-TRANS LNK/PRST LNK||Link your sequence preset or transposition changes so all sequencers change at the same time|
|3-SWING & Randomizer||Set swing amount per sequencer or globally. Add subtle or wild amounts of pattern unpredictability with the Randomness and Probability controls|
|4-Display||Displays the Tempo or the selected parameter value, which may be edited by the encoder. Tap a tempo or enable/disable the metronome with the gray button|
|5-Sync mode||Select the internal clock or slave to a DAW, external MIDI clock, or analog/DIN sync|
|6-Sequence control section||Select sequences independently, set the Knobs mode for each sequencer, and mute or unmute sequences|
|7-Project/Control mode||Choose one of the 16 Projects or enter Control mode from here|
|8-Touch sensitive knobs||Touch a knob to see its value in the display without editing it, then use the knobs to edit the pitch, gate, velocity values and timing shifts per step|
|9-Step buttons||The 16 Step buttons enable and disable the steps in the current sequencer during playback. They also can be used to select the current sequencer’s preset|
|10-Pressure sensitive pads||The 16 highly responsive pads allow you to play sounds either in Control mode or Drum mode. They are also great for playing notes into the melodic sequencers and transposing the sequences during playback|
|11-CV/Gates||The 1 volt/octave CV/Gate outputs and the VELO output give each sequencer three ways to control a modular synth or our MiniBrute/MicroBrute analog synthesizers|
|12-Drum gates||External devices can be triggered by Pads 1-8 and the drum sequencer using the Drum gate outputs|
|13-Clock||Send or receive standard square wave clocking signals by way of the Clock connectors. Use one of the included MIDI adaptors and BeatStep Pro will send or receive DIN sync with stop/start messages|
|14-MIDI||BeatStep Pro will interface with any MIDI equipped gear using the included MIDI adaptors|
|15-USB||The USB port allows for standard class-compliant bus-powered operation. Use a USB power adaptor to run BeatStep Pro in a standalone situation|
- 2 monophonic step sequencers: Up to 64 steps per sequence; Note, velocity and gate time settings per step; Note tie
- 16-track drum sequencer (one track per pad): MIDI controller mode; Fully customizable for knobs, step buttons and velocity and pressure sensitive pads; Send MIDI CC, note data, program changes
- 16 Projects, each with 16x2 sequences, 16 drum sequences and a controller map.
- Performance controls
- Randomizer with Amount and Probability settings
- Real-time looper/roller touch strip
- Independent swing amount per sequence
- Touch sensitive knobs
- Tap Tempo
- Connectivity: CV/GATE outputs (1 volt per octave CV, 10 volt gates), 8 drum gate outputs, Clock sync with multiple standards, MIDI In/Out with supplied MIDI adaptors, USB class compliant
- Supports full parameter and sequencing editing capability using our free MIDI Control Center software
- Kensington lock