Arturia BeatStep Pad Controller
BeatStep is designed to give you the control you need whether it is in conjunction with your favorite DAW or loop triggering software, VST Instrument or Effect, Drum software, DJ application, MIDI synth or even CV/GATE equipped analog gear. The possibilities are nearly endless.
BeatStep fulfills multiple requirements for a wide variety of musicians. It is a true chameleon in that it can become many things to many people. No other compact pad controller on the market offers this level of control along with a step sequencer at such an amazing price.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH IT ?
Play with any drum software
Beatstep’s 16 pads are both pressure and velocity sensitive which means
that they allow you to capture the nuances of your performance. Beastep
is the perfect control surface for producers and percussionists using
iPads or software instruments such as BFD, Kontakt, Live’s Drum Rack, EZ
Drummer, Addictive Drums, Geist or Reason Kong.
Sequence Analog And Software Syntesizers
BeatStep goes beyond the typical pad controller functions by adding a
step sequencer. This opens it up for people who are using either MIDI
modules, CV/GATE synths like the MiniBrute or MicroBrute and also to
people using plug-ins on their computer via USB. While your sequence is
playing switch to Controller mode and use the pads and knobs to enable
and disable effects or tweek filters, attack and decay times on
plug-ins, etc. BeatStep will allow you to create new ideas and add to
your live performances in unlimited ways.
Enhance Your Live Performances And DJ Sets
Wether you use Ableton Live, Traktor, Serato or any other DJ/clip
playback software, the Beatstep pads are perfect for launching samples
or enabling effects. The 16 encoders give you lots of possibilities of
mapping them to eq’s, filters, delays and other performance effects.
BeatStep makes a stylish and portable companion to your other DJ control
Control Your MIDI Compatible Gears
Beatstep is the perfect solution for stage performers looking for a
solution to send Midi messages and control changes to their hardware
gear and workstations. Thanks to the included Midi Control Center,
mapping Beatstep to your needs becomes a breeze.
MIDI CONTROLLER MODE
With 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads, BeatStep is the perfect
compact solution for playing percussion. The ultra sensitive pads allow
for great dynamic performances. The 16 encoders can be assigned to
adjust parameters that allow further real-time control over your drum
Add to this the 16 user presets and you can have controller setups for all occasions.
The 16 pads can be individually set to be used for :
• 1. note generation
• 2. MIDI CC buttons
• 3. Sending program change messages
When used as note sending pads, these ultra sensitive backlit pads can
send velocity and pressure information and support both Gate and Toggle
modes of operation.
This allows you to use them to play drum and percussion parts using a
drum module, or you can use them to trigger notes and hold drone notes
in Toggle mode on a synthesizer.
In MIDI CC mode the pads could be used
as assignable switches for your favorite DAW functions or used to
trigger clips or effects in a Looping DAW or DJ application.
Program change mode you can send program change messages as well as bank
STEP SEQUENCE MODE
The Step sequence mode turns BeatStep into a completely different
product. A step sequencer is the most basic type of music sequencer.
They were popular in the 1960’s and 70’s. They have come back into
fashion with the popularity of modular synthesizers. There are examples
of step sequencers in our Arp2600 V, Modular V, and Jupiter 8 V
In SEQ mode, the pads and encoders work together to set and enable steps in a sequence and set pitches for each step.
By simply pressing a pad, it will enable or disable the current step in a
melodic pattern. With a few presses, you are creating and changing up
musical patterns in real-time.
BeatStep allows for 16 sequences to be stored in memory and recalled
instantly. This allows you to play multiple patterns and create your own
Setting pitches on a step sequencer can be difficult, to allow you to
find the notes you want we added scale modes that quantize the pitches
of the encoders to a specific set of notes. This means that instead of
having the encoders move up and down chromatically like most step
sequencers, you can set BeatStep so that you will only be allowed to
pick notes that belong to the scale you want to work in. Look ma, no
wrong notes !
MASSIVE CONECTIVITY IN A LITTLE BOX
BeatStep goes beyond most other MIDI controllers by having many ways to connect to your other gear.
It features USB Class compliant I/O for using it with your laptop or
iPAD. This gives you the control you would expect to have from a pad
controller. Control the transports on your favorite DAW, sequence your
favorite plug-in, set up the encoders to modulate filters and eq’s or
mixer channels. All this and more.
BeatStep does not stop where the competition stops however, we added
MIDI out as well. You can use the pads to control that old drum module
or the drum sounds on your workstation. Use the Step Sequencer mode to
bring new life to your MIDI equipped synthesizers. This controller will
give you limitless ways to create and be great with no wait, but that’s
not all, there is also…
BeatStep has a standard 1 volt per octave CV output as well as a
standard 1 volt per octave GATE output. You can directly interface them
with our famous MiniBrute or MicroBrute synthesizers. Combining
Beatstep's step sequencing capabilities with a modular synth allows for
all kinds of hands on control and pattern generation.
TWO IN ONE AND BOTH AT ONCE
Now it is clear that this is both a pad/knob controller AND a step
sequencer but it might not be clear that you can run them both at the
Yes, that is right. You could be using the CV/gate output from the step
sequencer playing your MiniBrute and then switch to CONTROL mode and
have it controlling clips on Ableton Live and using the encoders to
manipulate your VST version of SEM V.
Maybe playing the drum sounds on a vintage Roland drum module via the
MIDI output and sequencing a SH-101 using the CV/GATE in SEQ mode is
more your style.
What if you want to step sequence Jupiter 8V on MIDI ch 1 while
controlling the MMC transports in Logic and playing the drum sounds from
BFD on MIDI ch 10 both via USB? You can do that as well.
The combinations are truly limitless.
MIDI CONTROL CENTER
The MIDI Control Center software provides you with a fast and easy way to edit parameters.
Editing your MIDI setups and sequences is a cinch with this software.
Export your presets to back them up or create archives of your favorite presets to share with others.