It sounds almost too good to be true. Nothing is recorded in this mode — knob twiddles are performance only. However, if you change direction or switch to another pattern, the instantaneous switching can leave you out of sync and in need of a restart. The ultra sensitive pads allow for great dynamic performances. Arturia had the inspired idea to colour—code each, picking green and yellow the manual claims orange for the two regular sequence tracks and purple for drums. Menu—haters rejoice: the only displays are numeric and deal with pattern selection, tempo and other values. Looping is a source of fast—repeating single notes or temporary mini—loop breaks of four steps.
The bottom eight drum pads send a positive trigger to each of the trigger outputs, its list of potential uses extending far beyond triggering drum or synth voices. The 16 encoders will adjust pitch for the associated step. Flipping back to Sequencer mode, another antidote to endless repetition is Randomisation. The lack of a conventional display does impose some user interface restrictions, though: eg. If you hit record while in Controller mode, the button turns a more traditional red. Ultimately, the Beatstep Pro is an inexpensive, alternate slant on step sequencing.
The quality is immediately visible when examining the build of the BeatStep synthesizer. Opting to embrace everything in 16s brings lots of benefits, for example the track button, when combined with the step keys, becomes an instant pattern selector. For new computer owners, its highly advised to check with manufacturers on when they expect their products to be fully compatible with the latest operating system. As well as switching patterns, you can just as easily switch to a new project, all without stopping the music. In practice, the effects differed according to whether percussive or melodic parts were getting the treatment. Switching clock divisions changes both the playback resolution and the granularity of recorded notes, with the available options printed adjacent to the pads. Continuing to tread carefully, pattern selection has a couple of caveats.
The potentially handier function of shifting all steps simultaneously is promised in a future update. Recording and selecting patterns is only half of the fun. Publisher does not accept liability for incorrect spelling, printing errors including prices , incorrect manufacturer's specifications or changes, or grammatical inaccuracies in any product included in the Musician's Friend catalog or website. Sixteen projects are held internally, with each project containing 16 patterns per track. Fortunately, a felt-tip pen works wonders. That also gives you an additional boost when choosing to buy their product. Arturia are working on improving this and solving other issues, while promising to add new features such as pattern chaining, encoder ganging and a slicker save operation.
It takes only a minor sprinkling of mental agility to map these positions to the more condensed layout of the step keys, which are arranged in a single row. Transposition is achieved by holding down the relevant Sequencer button and pressing a pad to select a new root — this is stored when the pattern is saved and is displayed by a flashing key each time you press a track button. Anyone expecting an elaborate scale—correction implementation that remaps notes or deactivates those not required on the keyboard will be disappointed. Those pads serve well for the input of melodies, bass lines and drums and the encoders are spot on for sequence creation and disassembly. A seemingly innocent blob of rubber is all you need to set the sync source in a hurry. Percussion Controller With 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads, the BeatStep is the perfect compact percussion instrument. The colouring ethos extends to the lettering of the rear panel.
For note entry and performance, the 16 backlit rubber pads transmit velocity and polyphonic aftertouch once you enable this in software. It seems that 2015 might just be remembered as the year of the step sequencer. If you treat the 16 projects as different songs, this could be enough for a live, non—stop set. . It is compact and portable, yet it still has that premium build feel to it. A pattern can be any length from one to 64 steps spread across up to four bars.
Musician's Friend is a registered trademark of Musician's Friend, Inc. For new computer owners, its highly advised to check with manufacturers on when they expect their products to be fully compatible with the latest operating system. The pads react perfectly when pressed. Moreover, it comes with rubber buttons and responsive drum pads which are very enjoyable to use. When you release the pressure pad, playback attempts to leap back to where it would have been. The 16 encoders can be assigned to adjust parameters that allow further real-time control over your drum sounds. In use, the Beatstep Pro hardly ever needs to stop.
For new computer owners, its highly advised to check with manufacturers on when they expect their products to be fully compatible with the latest operating system. For the drum track, the pads switch to representing the 16 voices of a drum kit. BeatStep is truly flexible and opens up new avenues of hands-on creative control for the contemporary musician. Prices subject to change without notice. In addition, they come with four adjustable velocity settings to best suit your sensitivity preference.
By Paul Nagle With the affordable and innovative Beatstep Pro, Arturia may have created a sequencer for the masses. There, slide events generate fixed-voltage slews of 60ms, for that instant acidic touch. Viewed with the experience of plugging and unplugging many 3. In my quest to connect as much gear as possible, I ran across a couple of issues. If so, the Beatstep Pro is already a candidate for poster boy. Its interface is fast, open and a progression from past designs — the former Beatstep notwithstanding. In common with step sequencers of yore, the two melodic tracks are monophonic, but drum patterns can play up to 16 simultaneous notes.