Beat Step was designed to give you the control you need, whether you're working with your favorite DAW or loop triggering software, VST instrument or effect, drum software, DJ app, MIDI synth or even analog gear with CV/Gate inputs.
Play with any drum software
Sequence Analog and Software synthesizers
Enhance your live performances and DJ sets
Beat Step was designed to give you the control you need, whether you're working with your favorite DAW or loop triggering software, VST instrument or effect, drum software, DJ app, MIDI synth or even analog gear with CV/Gate inputs. The possibilities are nearly endless. Beat Step fulfills multiple requirements for a wide variety of musicians. It's truly a chameleon, ready and able to become many things to many people. No other compact pad controller on the market offers this level of control plus a step sequencer at such an amazing price.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a nice little sequencer at a great price (I found it on sale at a certain musical instrument chain store, making the price even better). (I don't use this for controlling softsynth parameters and using the pad as drum triggers, so I can't really review that aspect of the device.)
Most cv/gate sequencers are expensive, low-production-run pieces of gear, so it's great that there's a good quality one at a low price. It doesn't give you a note readout, so you have to pick your notes by ear, but that's on part for gear that can sequence analog equipment. It's digital, so it will play in key, and you can even hook it up to a computer to select the scale it uses -- this makes it a lot easier to use in than many of the pure analog sequencers out there, though for some people, the ability to select any analog value will be what they like about something fancier like a Doepfer Dark Time. You may have to adjust the encoder sensitivity to be able to make them turn at a rate...
First, I am unapologetic about the difference of opinion which I have with other reviewers. I am a huge fan of this product, both as a midi controller AND as a handy little scratchpad step sequencer. I find the controls responsive, if a little flimsy The solid base gives the product an overall substantial feel. The controls are as intuitive as any midi controller I have used, and when paired with Arturia's midi control software, make this a useful, friendly tool. Yes, there are probably controllers out there with a higher level of functionality -- at four to five times the cost. With cost in consideration, I believe this to be one of the best dub/beat controllers available, and it is also a great value as a plain, straightforward little step sequencer.
Arturia makes the worst products in the audio industry. Every time I try something from Arturia, I end up in a hell of searching for forums and emailing their support trying to get anything to work. It takes many hours or even days to get basic operation going. And the beat step is no different. I bought this to be a simple, portable midi controller and it just doesn't work. All the software and firmware is installed correctly, the settings in the DAW are fine - it just doesn't work. For some reason, Arturia just makes stuff that's really difficult to use. I almost think they do it intentionally. I have emailed their company and told them flat out I want to issue a class action lawsuit against them. I hate these products, the Beatstep is terrible, everyone should avoid them.
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