Even if Arturia’s BeatStep did nothing other than act as a dumb controller, it might get your attention.

The compact control surface / sequencer hardware runs about $100 street. As a controller, it has both 16 pads and 16 endless encoders (with notches, so you can feel where you are), plus transport triggers and a larger encoder. With driverless USB operation, some of you will already be happy and can proceed.

But the BeatStep is more ambitious than that. It has sophisticated software customization via a companion program, and a built-in step sequencer. It operates standalone, with MIDI gadgets or analog hardware (with gate and pitch Control Voltage outputs). It could therefore be a compact part of a mobile music-making rig, and it’s at this point that our review gets much more involved. The BeatStep has an impressive lineage – veteran designers Glen Darcey, Axel Hartmann, and Morgan Perrier collaborated on its creation. So there’s a reason to set expectations high.

I’ve been testing the Arturia BeatStep with just those functions in mind. And we’ve collected some of your tips and questions, with information that might help you out whether you’re trying to decide whether to buy or curious just how deep this goes.

The BeatStep already makes a nice controller with pads and encoders. But how much more can it be? Let’s find out.



Physical Form Factor, Control

Let’s start with the controller bit. The BeatStep is narrower than a 15″ MacBook Pro, as you can see in the photo, and roughly laptop thickness. It is, though, surprisingly weighty – in a good way. A metal base holds it firmly in place even if your finger drumming gets more intense.

The pads feel reasonably good; they’re smallish but feel firm and velocity response (and continuous pressure) are consistent. The encoders are likewise satisfying, with basic soft-touch caps. I’ve already taken mine on the road and it appears to hold up well; my only gripe is some sharper edges round the base, but that’s minor. All in all, this is already no contest: this feels better than any comparable controller at this price.

That said, even as a controller, you’ll immediately notice the absence of a display. While it keeps the unit small and inexpensive, this means you have no idea where you are on those endless encoders; there’s simply no visual feedback to speak of.

MIDI mapping is extensive. There’s just a whole lot you can control:

  • Custom CC mappings. Of course. Nicely, they’ve also included standard MIDI descriptions.
  • Absolute and relative modes for the knobs – either sending a range from 0-127 (or less, if you designate), or increment/decrement in ways compatible with various software. (Ableton Live is specifically supported, which is good, because Ableton’s MIDI implementation in that regard is … um … requires specific compatibility considerations. There. And this works.)
  • Knob acceleration. Fast, medium, or off (“slow”).
  • Pad velocity curves. Linear, Logarithmic, Exponential, or “Full”.
  • Scales. You can control a variety of scales/modes from the front panel of the unit, live, or set them separately in software. One scale is set to a user scale for your own collection of pitches. (Once you go octatonic…)
  • Templates. There’s preset save/recall, too, for all your templates, with up to 16 slots.

You can even set custom MIDI messages to the Play and Stop buttons, for various kinds of transport control or using them simply as MIDI Control Change triggers.

There’s very little you can’t do from software. The exceptions: LED function (red, blue, or mixed for purple) is fixed on the unit. And the six control buttons on the left are necessarily non-assignable. Everything else, though, is up for grabs, in a seriously sophisticated piece of controller software the BeatStep shares with the rest of the Arturia family.

And it has to be the nicest piece of controller software I’ve seen. Heck, there’s even a detailed MIDI message console.

In controller mode, thanks to the scale controls, the BeatStep is also a reasonable melodic input device in a pinch – though, of course, 2×8 pads is not the optimal configuration for that job with devices like Ableton Push on the market. (And, you know, keyboards.) It’s nice having the option, though, and more on those scales in a moment.

Ins and outs: you get 3.5 mm (minijack) MIDI output – the breakout to standard MIDI DIN is included right in the box – plus 3.5mm jacks for CV and gate output.



Step Sequencer Operation

Now, on to the fun part — yes, the BeatStep can work as a step sequencer.

The good news: it’s simple and enjoyable, and it works standalone. The bad news: you may wind up doing some prep work in advance, because live modes are at the moment somewhat limited on the hardware itself. Let me explain. Here’s how it works:

Modes. The BeatStep has independent modes for its two features. In CNTRL mode, it’s a controller. In SEQ mode, it’s a step sequencer. That allows you to use these two modes as independent layers of functionality, and there’s helpful feedback to let you know where you are. In controller mode, everything lights blue; in SEQ mode, pads are red when you tap them and the active step is blue. Those lights are bright, so you may feel a little bit like you’re playing from the hood of a State Trooper’s car (shame there’s no brightness adjustment), but you can at least stay oriented.

Pitch. By default, each encoder is set to adjust pitch chromatically. The large Transpose encoder changes the pitch of the entire sequence overall. Now, because you can also set modes like major, minor, Blues, and User, you can more easily dial in the notes you want – nice.

Clock. You can receive clock messages from a computer over USB. That’s unfortunately the only clock source (analog or digital), so most likely you’ll want your BeatStep as your master if you’re using it standalone. There’s no CV input, and no MIDI input apart from USB. (One alternative would be using a box like the iConnectMIDI that acts as a USB bridge. That’s not too bad a tradeoff, given how small the Arturia piece is, and since you might want a thru box anyway.)

Pattern direction. Nothing too fancy here, but you can play patterns forward, backward, randomize the steps, or “alternate” (forward, then backward – basically ping-pong).

On-the-fly pattern storage and recall. Does what it says on the tin: save up to 16 presets, recall up to 16 presets. Where this gets interesting is again in the software. The editor displays musical notation for each pattern. That means you can get really fussy programming your patterns before a gig, and have them ready to go.

Pattern length, step length, and a really, really huge caveat. You can also change the step length (thus speeding up the pattern), by 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, or by holding down SHIFT, change the pattern length to less than 16 steps for some syncopation.

The caveat is, with the current firmware, a pattern immediately retriggers the moment you touch any of these controls, when you touch them. So, while the pattern still clocks to the tempo of an external source, you’re now very much not in sync on a downbeat. Arturia acknowledged this issue to CDM, and suggests it should be addressed in a firmware update. For now, I’d say this is a deal-killer for certain applications. Using it was exciting – enough so that I’m saving this firmware dump in case Arturia does ever fix it. You can play elaborate syncopations live. It’s just a little too exciting: there’s a reason step sequencers of this kind normally have at least a mode that syncs either to the downbeat or at least the active step size. The BeatStep right now does neither of those, clocking patterns free and potentially causing rhythmic train wrecks.

The one fix, oddly, is recalling a pattern; that starts the pattern on the beat again.

I’ll be watching for that firmware update.

Swing. Swing is another major oversight – which also makes the BeatStep feel more like a software product rather than hardware product. Swing can be set per-sequence, but not on the hardware. You have to launch the editor and adjust it; it’s non real-time.



Bottom Line: Hugely Powerful Controller and Software, Great Value, Limited Sequencer

The BeatStep is a whole lot of fun. As a controller, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. You simply can’t get better editing functions or controller feel at this price. And honestly, having been attracted to the BeatStep for its control layout and standalone sequencer functions, I’m forced to take a second look at Arturia’s whole control range; it’s that good.

Getting a sequencer, standalone operation, MIDI, and CV in the deal means it is going to be a must-buy for a lot of people.

The problem is, that sequencer experience is still incomplete. You get 16 steps: no more, no chaining, no “B” sequence. Arturia even pitches this as a companion to the iPad, but the iPad has easily half a dozen step sequencers that best this one. And the issue with being unable to change step or pattern length easily is a big minus. Add to that the inability to set swing from the main panel, and this feels like it just isn’t a fully-formed sequencer. It’s a nice extra on a fantastic controller, but not the standalone sequencer some of us hoped for.

I expect some of this to be improved in a firmware update. But the other issue is, simply, Arturia has created a very compact controller and there just isn’t room for more functionality. An LED would make programming easier; more controls would let you perform other functions or chain together more than 16 steps.

For now, I’m willing to make those tradeoffs on the BeatStep because it is so inexpensive and light. And it’s not that I wouldn’t use this as a step sequencer – I continue to do that. The powerful editor and notation view mean that you can load up 16 sequences and carry them with you, and the combination of encoders with scale modes is great.

But Arturia, a BeatStep Pro seems a logical next step. And in the meantime, I’m keeping my eyes out for a standalone device that operates together with a computer. While it has an ugly, shiny-silver faceplate, the M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro has all the layers, extra steps, visual feedback, and spacious pad and control layout that the BeatStep lacks – and it will operate standalone, too. The BeatStep has made me oddly more hungry for this kind of hybrid device, so I look forward to InMusic shipping that.

As for the BeatStep: I can’t say no to this one. Even with its drawbacks, it’s easily become an essential piece of gear. So – on to the tips.

More Tips, Tutorials, and Background

Hack: SpeedDialer. Now, I like slowly turning through values, but apparently not everyone does. From, a Max patch that addresses that. Also, I expect more M4L goodness once this device gets in more hands.


The Arturia Beatstep is a great device, but with its current firmware the encoders are much too slow. It takes 5 turnes to get thru all 128 values.
I made this speeddialer to make fast movements possible. Just give a speedfactor (around 5 is good for me).
You see two dials – the small one shows the real value, the second, bigger one shows the multiplied value which can be mapped to any function within Ableton Live.
The values are interpolated with a ramp, so you should not hear any glitches.

BeatStep SpeedDialer

Source Distribution has a great interview with Glen about the hardware’s creation, as well as a nice Jupiter demo with a plug-in.

AudioCentral Magazine shows how this can look with a full MIDI hardware setup:

And Arturia has a series of tutorial videos/demos of their own, shot inside the load program for The Matrix:

Addendum: CV Operation

There’s not a lot to say about analog operation – this is straightforward output of gate and pitch – but here’s the basic picture.

Control Voltage (that’s the pitch output): 1 Volt/octave, from 0V to 7V
Gate output: 8 Volts

Now, if that isn’t what your gear is expecting, there are ways of converting.

What’s cool is, you can send almost anything over that CV out:

1. Pitch, as played from the pads.
2. Sequencer information, as recalled from the step sequencer.
3. Any output from your computer – meaning, like the also-very-useful QuNexus, the BeatStep is a quick-and-dirty MIDI-to-CV converter for your computer.

Also of note, you can set the CV output to go with one of your 16 presets or to “global.” That way, you can always send CV (regardless of which MIDI channel is selected), or only when you specify.

But Does it Blend?

I love the BeatStep on the road. I threw one in my suitcase and connected it to my MeeBlip anode, clocking from Ableton Live (which also clocked a KORG volca beats drum machine and Native Instruments Maschine). So, all the melodic synth patterns you hear here (and some less-melodic patterns) are the BeatStep driving the MeeBlip, from a set I did recently in an underground club in Belgrade.

  • BeatBeat

    It seems like a nice MIDI controller: portable and (very) affordable. A good alternative to Akai LPD or Kord Nanopad.

    But the sequencer feature seems really awful: terrible clock sync with no MIDI in or analog sync, no feedback for the sequencer plus the issue you’ve mentioned about the sequencer going out of sync when changing parameter!!! Apart from connecting to a computer (but what is the point then?), you cannot visualize what your sequence looks like, right? And you can’t sequence parameters like velocity neither? One word comes in my mind…. USELESS!

    Love Arturia and their product though… But going the “affordable” direction by cutting down all the features of a product is not a good route I think. They should rather try to do less with a better “quality” (not physical quality as it seems good, but interface/design quality).

    • Peter Kirn

      Not sure what you mean by “terrible clock sync.” The sync itself works fine; it’s just restricted to USB. (But maybe that’s what you mean.)

    • joes

      Which makes sense, why would it have sync out if its not your primary sequencer ..which it shouldn’t be…
      BeatBeat doesnt appear to have read most of this, or watched the vids either. yes you can sequence velocity, yes you can have sequencer feedback (you switch back and forth to it).

    • BeatBeat

      “why would it have sync out if its not your primary sequencer ..which it shouldn’t be…”

      First, the name of the product is beatSTEP which means the sequencer is not meant to be an extra feature it IS a main feature (one of the two mode you can select). More: the main selling argument is the sequencer. Without this feature, the BeatStep competes with Korg NanoPad, Akai MPD and QuNeo whereas with the sequencer capability, it competes with the Dark Time, the MTRX-8 and the Cirklon Sequentix. The low price is an argument only in the second category, where the sequencer feature is the main feature.

      “BeatBeat doesnt appear to have read most of this, or watched the vids either.”

      Come on! Watch the vids again yourself!!! They are all about the sequencing feature!

      “yes you can sequence velocity”

      No you CANNOT! The pad are pressure and velocity sensitive, yes, but the sequencer DOES NOT provide any velocity editing (neither in hardware nor software). So you can’t SEQUENCE velocity.

      “yes you can have sequencer feedback”

      This one is true, in a way. I should have been more specific: there is a huge lack of feedback on the sequencer part that makes it really hard to use. The only feedback you have is for the active steps (the pad leds) and for the current step. That’s all! You can’t see what pitch is selected for each step (the encoders provide no feedback, no LED rings, no LCD, …). I think it should be the main feature of a sequencer. A sequencer providing editting just one step at a time but where you can VISUALIZE all the sequence would have been more usefull!

    • Joes

      Host sync->BeatStep->BeatStep sequencer midi out->stuff / or cv sequencer out->stuff
      Standalone cv sequencer, sync is pointless/doesnt play a role.
      Standalone midi just pointless. Get a groovebox or something else. This is not a ful flegded standalone midi sequencer and never pretended to be. Not fair game to critize something for something that it isnt.
      You have a point about the visual feedback on parameters though. Wish it had a led screen for values like the Spark/SparkLE.

    • BeatBeat

      I still maintain that the BeatStep sales comes from its sequencer capability. Is it silly to think you can use a 100$ “toy” as your “main” true analog sequencer? Sure! But you can’t say Arturia is not (over-) using the “analog sequencer” commercial argument while their BeatStep sequencer actually sucks (a lot). It’s fair! Just the fact that they dare using the word “analog” when you can’t easily sync it with analog hardware is proving I’m right.

      “Standalone cv sequencer, sync is pointless/doesnt play a role.
      Standalone midi just pointless.”

      I don’t even understand what you’re trying to say? Why sync is pointless and doesn’t play a role in an CV framework? What do you think is the role of the “CLK out” output on a Dark Time sequencer (and I don’t even speak of the “CLK in” input!!!). Why on earth standalone MIDI sequencer is pointless? What’s wrong with you? 😉

      Take something like the Launchpad (from Novation). There is a more or less integrated sequencer (in the form of a M4L patch) in the Launchpad and the street prices are the same. But you don’t see Novation over-selling their launchpad based on the sequencer feature like Arturia do. The Launchpad sequencer is way more interesting than the Arturia BeatStep sequencer though and you can actually control and visualize a lot with it.

    • Tess

      It either needs sync out or more sync in options. Any sequencer that can send cv/gate ought to be able to sync with analog pulses at least one way or the other, and it’s really annoying that you can’t use some kind of outboard MIDI clock source either — it requires a computer or iPad (i.e. a USB host).

      If you like using computers in your workflow this is no problem. But for me, a big part of the reason I want an outboard sequencer is for working without one.

    • BeatBeat

      Yeah, I meant the restriction in the use of the clock sync (USB only).
      I’d rather go with a Digital Warrior for a few bucks more (160$): it’s open-source and way more clever in the design!

    • hellojeffreyjames

      you mean $190. The $99 beatstep is $99 usd. The Digital Warrior is $190. So it’s double the price.

  • AW

    Hum, I am wondering if it would work with my Roland Mc 202 or my Korg Ms10?

    • poopoo

      The MC-202 CV Gate inputs have horrible latency because it gets routed via the internal microcontroller to get to the analog part. There is a hardware mod to fix that.

      MS-10 has 1v/Hz so that wont work very well either. Also I think it has an s-trigger input so the gate wont work properly either.

  • Curious

    Whats the deal with the Midi out jack? it looks like a 3.5mm jack, never seen a midi out like that before

    • Armando C

      The ik irig midi had the same connection. Looks weird, but it worked perfectly

    • Peter Kirn

      The 3.5mm jack, yes – there’s a breakout in the box. No big deal. The breakout is female, too, so really not an issue. Better than that a HUGE case. MIDI ports are large. It’s a shame we don’t have a minijack standard for MIDI, actually.

    • Curious

      Thanks, that sounds pretty cool actually

    • redgreenblue

      I wonder if the 3.5mm midi jack retains the optical isolator, which prevents ground loops in midi.

    • enceph

      It’s because while there are five pins on a MIDI cable, only three of them are actually used. That means you can send MIDI using any sort of connector with at least three connection points. XLR, 1/4in, 3.5mm — doesn’t matter.

  • kappedonner

    Can I sync this to Ableton Live and how.. ?

    • Peter Kirn

      Yes, it receives external MIDI sync – so just as on any other hardware device, you simply make sure you’re sending clock in Ableton Live’s MIDI preferences to that port.

    • kappedonner

      Then I must have this Bad Boy!

    • mercury

      I hope it’s solid. I’ve noticed when sending MIDI OUT in Live to my iPad’s Arpeggionome Pro, there are a lot of screwy sync issues….and you can’t find any support for that stuff anywhere! If anyone has been able to sync Arpeggionome Pro on a Win 7 machine with Live without ridiculous syncing issues, pls let me know, I would love to learn how to do it!

  • Bjorn

    Anybody noticing any voltage output differences when switching modes?
    In sequencing mode, I get the full power gate. When I switch to controller mode, the gate voltage decreases. But it is a very slight difference. Won’t be an issue with 5V, but I got a filter envelope that needs 7V and the difference made it trigger more gently.

    Also noticed that I get some slight detuning going on while patching with the USB power, compared to net power where it was stable. Might get around that with a powered hub or a power/data usb cable.

    • wizardishungry

      yea, I have a ton of things that I can’t trigger (Maths)… boo!

    • Bjorn

      I need to amp the gate and the CV has a bigger range than the A190-3. Its a weird mismatch. The voltage difference did make me discover I can actually trigger my filter more gently, which is cool to know. When I try to amp the signal, I notice the difference is like half a millimeter turn on the knob.
      Now I need an attenuator that gives me a full turn range on whatever that voltage difference is. Judging by the amp setting, its probably somewhere about half a volt. Don’t have a multimeter at hand.

  • Foosnark

    As a controller it sounds nice for the price! It might be worth picking up one as an expansion set of pads for a Maschine-centric workflow. Being able to assign a non-chromatic scale is something Maschine lacks.

    (I actually like finger-drumming melodic parts soemtimes — it gives a different perspective on the scale as well as dynamics.)

    • Peter Kirn

      That’s a really good point… though then I’d have to choose between this and the QuNexus (piano-style layout, but nicely sensitive, more compact, could likewise be remapped). Encoders sure are handy, though. Maybe should make some instrumental templates for this…

  • echolevel

    Peter – the inevitable feature request thread has sprung up on Arturia’s forums, and most of the things forum users have asked for are represented there: You’re not alone in craving hardware-controlled swing/gate. It’s crazy that you can’t adjust these directly via the hardware, and not even dynamically over MIDI via a CC from a DAW. It’s got to the point where if I’m trying to have a jam and need to tweak one of these fairly fundamental settings, I have to do some ninja mouseclick shit with the Control Centre app’s Recall/Store buttons – which throws the sync out while it transfers (presumably a big sysex file) back to the Beatstep. And that’s no way to live.

    Legato/slide – I was astonished to find that this wasn’t implemented. Accent is something I’m less concerned about, but a configurable two-tier velocity system would be great for drum patterns or 303ish leads. Speaking of drum patterns…it *must* be feasible to add a drum step-sequencing mode to this, and I’ve no idea why they haven’t. I’ve got no buyer’s remorse, though; I love the Beatstep, and these frustrations come from the fact that the hardware is clearly capable of such functionality, it just needs to be implemented. Maybe in the dash to get this into the marketplace some stuff was left for a later firmware…

    Oh and, as ever, I wish the full MIDI/sysex spec was published so we could hack together a lot of missing functionality in software and automate it over USB-MIDI. I hope Arturia do this eventually, but I also hope they’ve got an eye on that forum…

    AW – it should work fine with your MC-202’s CV/Gate inputs without any particular setup or config. Here it is running my SH-101 (identical CV/Gate system, as far as I know) within minutes of being unpacked at home:

    • Peter Kirn

      Thanks for this!

      Legato/slide – yes, also a big deal.

      Other things can be implemented, no doubt, but there is an absence of controls on the main unit. So some of this might only be in software – which for a standalone step sequencer still may not fully address these issues.

      Drum sequencer – sure, though one hack ought to be to just make the pitches you need into a custom scale. I might even try that, actually. 😉

      That Trigger Finger Pro might be big, ugly, and cost several times what this does … but it could also function more as a standalone sequencer with multiple layers, if that’s what you want.

    • Virtual Flannel

      Peter I have a question for when you review the Trigger Finger Pro. Since Akai and M Audio are kinda the same thing now. Is this the new MPD? It’s weird that there hasn’t been a true MPD32 replacement yet. Especially since it’s a workhorse for artists like Flying Lotus, Machinedrum, the list is really endless.

    • Virtual Flannel

      Also, please to them to at least make it all black if it isn’t too late. Or should come with a Styleflip gift certificate.

  • Justin

    Had mine on pre-order since they were announced. Eagerly awaiting delivery :)

  • Jacob Clarke

    Aaaaaand $160 in Australia ~~~~

  • Freakwichtel

    Had my controller for 2 days now and noticed the problem with the CV Out. There is a constant voltage always being sent from the CV out, that leads to a higher pitch (3 octaves) while hooking up my Minibrute or Little Phatty with it.
    Problem is already mentioned in Arturia forum.
    But I wonder, why this problem occurs with machines from the same company?

    • wingo shackleford

      Oh good. I mean, at least now I know I’m not losing my mind. Just picked one up, and am loving it, but I couldn’t figure out why my Sub Phatty was pitched up so high by default. I thought I was missing something.

  • Regend

    I had the Novation Nocturn controller and didn’t do half of what this does and it was $99.
    I’m buying two of these to trigger old Akai samplers and other fun boxes. It will also work as a trigger for Serato SL hot points. No complaints here if that’s all I want to do.

  • earl gravy

    can you control multiple tracks with the sequencer by switching through “pages” or something similar?

  • angstrom

    Am I right in thinking we can’t alter the note length / gate length of each note? It seems like the notelength is per pattern, or that it speeds up the pattern. I just want to alter the gate length of individual notes.

  • kon

    The beatstep would look great alongside a Teenage Engineering OP-1.
    Will they play ball together though?

  • hellojeffreyjames

    I think it’s amazing for a $99 device. My questions are…
    what’s the most minimalistic drum harddware box this can connect to? Alesis SR16?
    Isn’t there something goofy one can do to slave it? there’s not midi to usb clock hardware? what about a usb to midi device? why doesn’t that work?

  • Virtual Flannel

    I actually think the better controller from Arturia is the Minilab! 8 less pads, but keys and cool touch faders for pitch and mod. Same price as beatstep, no sequencer, but who cares.

  • forschen

    I really like the beatstep. I don’t need another usb pad controller but the sequencer looks promising. The digital warrior seems to be an interesting choice too. While the beatstep lacks some basic features the digital warrior could present a steep learning curve with its blank frontpanel. Another thing i don’t like about the digital warrior’s enclosure are the open sides.
    Other options like adding midi out to one of the Korg Volcas spring to mind.
    Good times if you need a simple and cheap hardware sequencer.

  • Aaron B

    I get the impression that this sequencer is totally monophonic (e.g., like the Dark Time), so it’s not going to much use if you want to use it to sequence drum patterns. That sucks because there’s really almost nothing out there for less than $1000 that can be used as a drum sequencer, and I was hoping this would be it. There is the MFB-Seq-2, but it’s $350+ and its interface is kinda annoying.

    • Tess

      If MIDI will work and you like x0x-style sequencing, you can sequence drums with any Electribe (except the EA-1, obvi), some of which are well under $200 on Ebay.

  • Lu

    I just bought two of these and I’d be very pissed if they brought out a PRo next year. I agree the inability to chain patterns one after another sucks, and the inability to chain devices to 32 step sequences sucks. Also lack of cv in means that the only way to control it’s clock externally is by USB. How do you sync two together? Well, steady hand essentially. Which seems silly In this day and age. Still I’ve been wanting an affordable hardware sequencer for a long time, I’m just still getting over the many limitations if you’re not interested in having a PC as the centre of your kit.

    • Lu

      I’ll note the price is $160 in Australia, hence I’d be pissed if they brought out so,etching ELSE next year as did akai with the mX8 and 16.

  • hellojeffreyjames

    I don’t know if you mentioned it, I don’t think you did. This thing will not work as a standalone sequencer for a drum machine unless you don’t mind having single notes. I was under the impression that this had 16 sequencer banks. I can confirm it “works” with the AKAI MPX8, but the only beats you can make are single note based beats (EG: you can’t make a kick/snare four on the floor beat). Also, if for some reason any of you want to make it work with the MPX8, make sure every global channel on the beatstep is set to 10.

  • skriptico

    firmware update date “16 june 2014″… here the new features:

    There is now a way to set up some parameters directly on the unit while in SEQ mode.

    – Shift + Knob 1: set gate time (50%..99%)
    – Shift + Knob 2: set swing (50%..75%)
    – Shift + Knob 3: set legato mode (off/on/on reset)

    Transpose pads with Controller in CNTRL mode It’s now possible to transpose pads in CNTRL mode, using Shift + big knob, on a +/-24 half steps range.
    Extend sequencer big knob transposition range Transposition range (big knob) has been extended from +/-12 to +/-24 half steps.

  • skriptico

    yes but… where’s velocity? :((

  • Akexandr

    So has somebody solution with Knobs ??

  • djjuniorpops

    is there an option to note repeat as yet

  • vfxjokir

    I have one of these little guys – fantastic piece of kit. One question for anyone using it with CV – I’m thinking about building a modular, and I’m wondering – if I have a MIDI controller (outboard keyboard) plugged into my computer via USB, and the Beatstep is plugged in via USB, does the Beatstep translate that “other” keyboard’s MIDI into CV? Also- is there a way for LFOs or other automation on the computer side to be output via CV? Much like Expert Sleepers or MOTU Volta?

    thanks in advance!

    • Tess

      If you route MIDI to the BeatStep through the USB connection, it can convert it to CV. (You would need to use your DAW or host software to route the keyboard’s MIDI to the BeatStep).

      The BeatStep is not capable of routing anything analog except for its CV and Gate connections, and these only know how to handle MIDI note information. There is no signal path for LFOs or other control signals to be output from the BeatStep.