Arturia Beatstep Controller & Sequencer

Arturia Beatstep Controller & Sequencer

Arturia Beatstep Controller & Sequencer

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Product Highlights

  • 16x Velocity and Pressure Sensitive Pads
  • 16x Rotary Encoders
  • 16x MIDI Controller Presets
  • 16x Sequence Presets
  • MIDI Controller Mode with Red LEDs
  • Step Sequencer Mode with Blue LEDs
  • Internal and External Clocking
  • iPad Compatibility with Camera Kit
  • MIDI and CV Outputs
  • USB I/O
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Arturia 430101 overview

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The Arturia Beatstep Controller & Sequencer is a USB class compliant driverless controller that enables control over DAWs, loop triggering software, drum software, VST instruments, VST effects, DJ applications, MIDI instruments, and analog equipment with a CV/GATE input. The unit features sixteen pressure and velocity sensitive pads, sixteen rotary encoders, transport and preset controls with sixteen presets, and a jogwheel for transpose, rate, and level.

When placed in controller mode, the pads illuminate red via backlit LEDS. In this mode, a performer can use the pads and rotary encoder knobs to control drum software on an iPad (with camera connector kit) or a computer such as BFD, Kontakt, Ableton Live's Drum Rack, EZ Drummer, Addictive Drums, Reason Kong, or Geist. The controller can also be used to trigger clips or tracks in production and DJ software such as Ableton Live, Traktor, and Serato. The rotary encoders can be MIDI mapped to control filters, EQs, delays and other effects. The included MIDI Control Center software provides a user interface for MIDI mapping the functions of the controller with the option of archiving favorite presets. The pads can be set for note generation, MIDI CC buttons, and sending program change messages for a wide range of applications.

When placed in sequencer mode, the pads illuminate red via backlit LEDs. In this mode, the unit can be connected to MIDI modules, CV/GATE synthesizers, and software instrument plug-ins within a computer via USB. The pads and encoders enable programming steps in the sequence and changing the pitch of each step. The unit includes scale modes to quantize the pitch of the encoders to specific pitches within a given scale. Up to sixteen sequences can be stored in internal memory. The unit can be rapidly switched between controller and sequencer mode for flexible workflows using both hardware and software instruments.

For I/O, the unit includes a class compliant USB input for connection to a computer or iPad, a MIDI breakout cable for connection to traditional MIDI modules, a 1 volt per octave control voltage (CV) output, and a 1 volt per octave GATE output for connection to hardware synthesizers and other equipment. The unit is powered by USB connection to a computer or USB power adapter.

In the Box
Arturia Beatstep Controller & Sequencer
  • Mini USB to USB Cable
  • 3.5mm MIDI Output Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Year Warranty
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    Arturia 430101 specs

    Pads 16x backlit velocity and pressure sensitive pads
    Encoders 16x assignable encoders with 3 modes
    Platform Windows 7 and Windows 8
    Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
    Presets 16x user definable presets
    Swing 50 to 75%
    PC Requirements PC/Windows: 2 GHz CPU (multiple core required)
    2 GB RAM
    2 GB free hard disk space

    Mac (Intel Only): 2 GHz CPU (multiple core required)
    2 GB RAM
    2 GB free hard disk space
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.7 x 7.0 x 2.5"

    Arturia 430101 reviews

    Beatstep Controller & Sequencer is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice controller The controller is sturdy and fully programmable. It works great with the ipad, however you need a PC/Mac to program it the first time. The step sequencer is a great bonus for the price and it is easy to use. I highly recommend this controller.
    Date published: 2015-02-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Controller, okay sequencer It is overall a great product. I use it to control my software on my iPad. It works nicely and the pads feel great !! I don't use the sequencer and since it has only one track, not sure how useful could be.
    Date published: 2015-08-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from works great with any plugin Using it as s second sequencer in Logic with multiple Native instrumnet plugins . works great.
    Date published: 2015-12-03
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