beatstepproangle

For a lot of us, hands-on sequencing control is a boon to playing, even alongside a computer. So then there’s the question of which sequencer. The reason Arturia’s BeatStep Pro got so interesting this year is that it’s a right-down-the-middle option: not too expensive, not too complicated, and not too weird, but very capable of driving the essential stuff you’d want to sequence. Bassline, some drums, maybe a lead – in whatever genre you happen to use – it’s covered.

So, that was all good enough. But what’s been impressive as the year has gone on is that Arturia haven’t relented as far as refining functionality. So whereas, frankly, the first BeatStep often failed to do what you wanted, the BeatStep Pro has been getting steadily better.

And the 1.3 update is especially compelling – enough so that people have actually shouted to me over the din of music in bars and clubs about it, which even with me, tends not to happen with firmware updates. (“Omigod this firmware update is AMAAAAAZING you have to try it TOTALLLLY CHANGES EVERYTHING i’m like full of energy and everything looks totally different.” Well, yes, welcome to my world.)

The 1.3 firmware update hit mid-month, followed quickly by a refresh to the MIDI Control Center, which handles how the hardware works as a controller.

These changes could for many tilt the scales to that magical ability to leave out the laptop. And not that we don’t love you, laptop. It’s that feeling of even the hypothetical ability to carry on with a set without the computer that can be freeing.

Quantizing patterns is easier. This is my favorite: a pattern can now wait until the end of a pattern before switching to a new one (settable via MIDI Control Center). And you can restart all three sequencers, quantized to the next drum step, using SHIFT + PLAY.

You can chain patterns. That makes this workable as an all-in-one song control center, not just a clever bassline sequencer and whatnot.

Change all steps’ parameters at once. This is particularly nice in live use, which is why I fell in love with this gear in the first place. You can know hold down shift and turn a knob to change everything at once. In fact, you can even do that via either absolute or relative changes, making it doubly useful. (Unfortunately, this doesn’t yet apply to CC, so I hope that comes next.)

Copy patterns between sequences, and see better what you’re doing. This makes saving feel far more comfortable. For one, you can copy from sequencer 1 to sequencer 2. Also, thankfully, there’s now a dot that gives you feedback on patterns as you save, and you get visual feedback for which slots are available.

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Also, Arturia have fixed a number of features that stopped me from making the BeatStep Pro my main sequencer. USB clock no longer causes you to lose sync. (Uff.) And real-time recording has been improved (there were a few little glitches there, which seem to be fixed).

Lots of other enhancements are in there, too.

I think the best evidence that the BeatStep Pro is a hit is that it’s getting all this press and it doesn’t itself make sound. That flies in the face of an industry that assumes sequencers either have to be crammed into instruments, or have instruments crammed into them.

On the iOS side, I’m still eagerly awaiting ModStep. But that won’t satisfy someone who wants physical controls. And I think Elektron could follow up the OctaTrack – but even so, that hardware is far more expensive and complex to operate. The BeatStep Pro is a no-brainer even alongside a laptop, which I think accounts for a lot of its success.

And with 1.3, it’s easily vying for some ‘product of the year’ status. It’s just about to get a whole lot more use in my rig. Curious to hear how you’re using it, too.

Download those updates:
http://www.arturia.com/beatstep-pro/resources

Previously:
Watch how Arturia’s BeatStep Pro sequences all your gear – mega meta roundup

Mobile beat rig: MeeBlip, Elastic Drums, BeatStep Pro

  • Dopamine Addict

    Thanks for writing this article. I started looking at buying one yesterday but wasn’t sure if it would be a good choice. I love the that Arturia is continuing to improve BSP. So many of theirs and other companies products stagnate after release. Good job Arturia and thanks Peter for the update.

    • Yeah, definitely. I mean, right now, I don’t know of another truly equivalent alternative. It’s really working out great for me.

      • Bjorn Vayner

        The least pointed out amazing fact about the BSP: It has twice the range of a lot of other CV converters and it holds its tune quite nicely over those 10 volts. Results may vary depending on the VCO I suppose.
        The only thing really bugging me is only having one set of 16 MIDI Control Parameters per project. But I suppose there’s a set of sysex files out there that could fix that. Definitely product of the year. Well, maybe second after Push 2. Which is one or two hacks away of becoming a nice OLED display for the Beatstep Pro.

      • Missing99

        Peter, how about the BSP vs. Numerology 4 – what are your thoughts in comparing those (albeit, one is in the physical world). I knew you were quite high on N4, and I’ve got it on my xmas list…

        What are your thoughts?

    • Christopher H. M. Jacques

      The Beatstep Pro is great. The construction is solid and the pads have nice play to them. You can use it with hardware, software, MIDI, CV, anywhere; it can be powered from USB bus, so it’s extremely portable. MIDI Control Center is super straight forward as well and makes setting it up a breeze compared to most mapping/editing software.

      I was a little irked that they didn’t do more to update Beatstep–a product I also, and still, wholeheartedly, however, endorse for someone who’s just getting into sequencing–but it’s clear that the Beatstep Pro is very much so a next generation product, and I think they will continue to update it going forward (I would still love to see the possibility of sending drum sequences to different MIDI channels, programming different pattern lengths per drum voice). But I use it for soft synths and drum machines, hardware (mostly MIDI, some CV), and it’s really been helpful for bridging the gap between hard and soft for me.

      It’s a great investment; it’s designed to suit your needs, whatever they are, and it is super user-friendly/fun/powerful/creative. (I do not work for Arturia; I just really like the Beatstep Pro.)

    • papernoise

      You probably need to play around with it a bit and see if it works for you. I did have one and got rid of it. Found some interface choices to be very annoying and ultimately it didn’t really inspire me. Many of the things I had criticized about the BSP now have been improved, though there still is a bit of work to do. Ultimately though, it’s as Peter says, you don’t have many choices that come at this price point, are pretty solid and probably work well for most people.

  • Dopamine Addict

    Thanks for writing this article. I started looking at buying one yesterday but wasn’t sure if it would be a good choice. I love the that Arturia is continuing to improve BSP. So many of theirs and other companies products stagnate after release. Good job Arturia and thanks Peter for the update.

    • Yeah, definitely. I mean, right now, I don’t know of another truly equivalent alternative. It’s really working out great for me.

      • Bjorn Vayner

        The least pointed out amazing fact about the BSP: It has twice the range of a lot of other CV converters and it holds its tune quite nicely over those 10 volts. Results may vary depending on the VCO I suppose.
        The only thing really bugging me is only having one set of 16 MIDI Control Parameters per project. But I suppose there’s a set of sysex files out there that could fix that. Definitely product of the year. Well, maybe second after Push 2. Which is one or two hacks away of becoming a nice OLED display for the Beatstep Pro.

      • Missing99

        Peter, how about the BSP vs. Numerology 4 – what are your thoughts in comparing those (albeit, one is in the physical world). I knew you were quite high on N4, and I’ve got it on my xmas list…

        What are your thoughts?

      • m.c. phoo (pro’d em cee fu)

        would be delighted to hear of how this sequencer may work with push – it seems if you use push, you’re on a computer, so the need for the beat step kinda goes away? YOu’d be using it only if you wanted to travel lighter??
        thank you

    • Christopher H. M. Jacques

      The Beatstep Pro is great. The construction is solid and the pads have nice play to them. You can use it with hardware, software, MIDI, CV, anywhere; it can be powered from USB bus, so it’s extremely portable. MIDI Control Center is super straight forward as well and makes setting it up a breeze compared to most mapping/editing software.

      I was a little irked that they didn’t do more to update Beatstep–a product I also, and still, wholeheartedly, however, endorse for someone who’s just getting into sequencing–but it’s clear that the Beatstep Pro is very much so a next generation product, and I think they will continue to update it going forward (I would still love to see the possibility of sending drum sequences to different MIDI channels, programming different pattern lengths per drum voice). But I use it for soft synths and drum machines, hardware (mostly MIDI, some CV), and it’s really been helpful for bridging the gap between hard and soft for me.

      It’s a great investment; it’s designed to suit your needs, whatever they are, and it is super user-friendly/fun/powerful/creative. (I do not work for Arturia; I just really like the Beatstep Pro.)

    • papernoise

      You probably need to play around with it a bit and see if it works for you. I did have one and got rid of it. Found some interface choices to be very annoying and ultimately it didn’t really inspire me. Many of the things I had criticized about the BSP now have been improved, though there still is a bit of work to do. Ultimately though, it’s as Peter says, you don’t have many choices that come at this price point, are pretty solid and probably work well for most people.

  • Dopamine Addict

    Thanks for writing this article. I started looking at buying one yesterday but wasn’t sure if it would be a good choice. I love the that Arturia is continuing to improve BSP. So many of theirs and other companies products stagnate after release. Good job Arturia and thanks Peter for the update.

    • Yeah, definitely. I mean, right now, I don’t know of another truly equivalent alternative. It’s really working out great for me.

      • Bjorn Vayner

        The least pointed out amazing fact about the BSP: It has twice the range of a lot of other CV converters and it holds its tune quite nicely over those 10 volts. Results may vary depending on the VCO I suppose.
        The only thing really bugging me is only having one set of 16 MIDI Control Parameters per project. But I suppose there’s a set of sysex files out there that could fix that. Definitely product of the year. Well, maybe second after Push 2. Which is one or two hacks away of becoming a nice OLED display for the Beatstep Pro.

      • Missing99

        Peter, how about the BSP vs. Numerology 4 – what are your thoughts in comparing those (albeit, one is in the physical world). I knew you were quite high on N4, and I’ve got it on my xmas list…

        What are your thoughts?

      • m.c. phoo (pro’d em cee fu)

        would be delighted to hear of how this sequencer may work with push – it seems if you use push, you’re on a computer, so the need for the beat step kinda goes away? YOu’d be using it only if you wanted to travel lighter??
        thank you

    • Christopher H. M. Jacques

      The Beatstep Pro is great. The construction is solid and the pads have nice play to them. You can use it with hardware, software, MIDI, CV, anywhere; it can be powered from USB bus, so it’s extremely portable. MIDI Control Center is super straight forward as well and makes setting it up a breeze compared to most mapping/editing software.

      I was a little irked that they didn’t do more to update Beatstep–a product I also, and still, wholeheartedly, however, endorse for someone who’s just getting into sequencing–but it’s clear that the Beatstep Pro is very much so a next generation product, and I think they will continue to update it going forward (I would still love to see the possibility of sending drum sequences to different MIDI channels, programming different pattern lengths per drum voice). But I use it for soft synths and drum machines, hardware (mostly MIDI, some CV), and it’s really been helpful for bridging the gap between hard and soft for me.

      It’s a great investment; it’s designed to suit your needs, whatever they are, and it is super user-friendly/fun/powerful/creative. (I do not work for Arturia; I just really like the Beatstep Pro.)

    • papernoise

      You probably need to play around with it a bit and see if it works for you. I did have one and got rid of it. Found some interface choices to be very annoying and ultimately it didn’t really inspire me. Many of the things I had criticized about the BSP now have been improved, though there still is a bit of work to do. Ultimately though, it’s as Peter says, you don’t have many choices that come at this price point, are pretty solid and probably work well for most people.

  • Bandwidth

    I have been looking at this for a while now and the updates sound great being used as a stand alone application but how good is it’s intergration with a DAW.
    I use Logic Pro X and have not heard good things about the intergration.
    Maybe some dedicated control surface scripts for the inexperiencd like myself would be good. Anybody any opinions or info on this? Thanks

  • Bandwidth

    I have been looking at this for a while now and the updates sound great being used as a stand alone application but how good is it’s intergration with a DAW.
    I use Logic Pro X and have not heard good things about the intergration.
    Maybe some dedicated control surface scripts for the inexperiencd like myself would be good. Anybody any opinions or info on this? Thanks

  • Bandwidth

    I have been looking at this for a while now and the updates sound great being used as a stand alone application but how good is it’s intergration with a DAW.
    I use Logic Pro X and have not heard good things about the intergration.
    Maybe some dedicated control surface scripts for the inexperiencd like myself would be good. Anybody any opinions or info on this? Thanks

  • Alex Keegan

    I genuinely can’t fathom how Elektron could follow the Octatrack and make such a big step as it initially did with the Octatrack, such an amazing sequencing behemoth.

    • Polite Society

      it’s not bad as a step sequencer. though it’s a pain to program melodic or sliced content and i have to say, there are quite a few more powerful features on even this little thing. Pattern per track, chain multiples of the same pattern, modify all values (as added above), the ability to edit 16 steps at a time easily.

      • Alex Keegan

        Have you used chromatic mode on the octa? You can play the steps like a keyboard and record directly onto the sequencer (quantised or not). Seems like an ideal means of programming melodic stuff on it. By pattern per track do you mean pattern length? The octa can do that too. You can also chain multiples of the same pattern using the ‘Arranger’. I’m not really a fundamentalist about these sort of things that wants one bit of kit to do everything as I like some constraints. I think the Octatrack at the time was a massive step forward in hardware sequencing, which things like the BeatStep are indebted to. I was just finding it hard to hypothesise another step like that in the near future. I’d love to be proved wrong.

        • Polite Society

          Yup, though that mode doesn’t help when you are entering plocks. I use an external keyboard to enter notes and slice numbers, but it’s still way more irritating and slow to do compared to my old rm1x which supports step entry and a custom increment or something like the beatstep where you can at least dial in 16 steps at a time.

  • Alex Keegan

    I genuinely can’t fathom how Elektron could follow the Octatrack and make such a big step as it initially did with the Octatrack, such an amazing sequencing behemoth.

    • Polite Society

      it’s not bad as a step sequencer. though it’s a pain to program melodic or sliced content and i have to say, there are quite a few more powerful features on even this little thing. Pattern per track, chain multiples of the same pattern, modify all values (as added above), the ability to edit 16 steps at a time easily.

      • Alex Keegan

        Have you used chromatic mode on the octa? You can play the steps like a keyboard and record directly onto the sequencer (quantised or not). Seems like an ideal means of programming melodic stuff on it. By pattern per track do you mean pattern length? The octa can do that too. You can also chain multiples of the same pattern using the ‘Arranger’. I’m not really a fundamentalist about these sort of things that wants one bit of kit to do everything as I like some constraints. I think the Octatrack at the time was a massive step forward in hardware sequencing, which things like the BeatStep are indebted to. I was just finding it hard to hypothesise another step like that in the near future. I’d love to be proved wrong.

        • Polite Society

          Yup, though that mode doesn’t help when you are entering plocks. I use an external keyboard to enter notes and slice numbers, but it’s still way more irritating and slow to do compared to my old rm1x which supports step entry and a custom increment or something like the beatstep where you can at least dial in 16 steps at a time.

        • joshuakarjala

          My main problem with Octatrack was lack of “pattern per track” understood as independent patterns per track.

          A lot of time I want to hear what Track 2 / B3 sounds like mixed with Track 3 / B11. And I don’t want to have to copy T2/B3 -> T2/B12 and T3/B11 -> T3/B12 to hear them together.

          (Don’t know if this is possible with BSP)

  • Alex Keegan

    I genuinely can’t fathom how Elektron could follow the Octatrack and make such a big step as it initially did with the Octatrack, such an amazing sequencing behemoth.

    • Polite Society

      it’s not bad as a step sequencer. though it’s a pain to program melodic or sliced content and i have to say, there are quite a few more powerful features on even this little thing. Pattern per track, chain multiples of the same pattern, modify all values (as added above), the ability to edit 16 steps at a time easily.

      • Alex Keegan

        Have you used chromatic mode on the octa? You can play the steps like a keyboard and record directly onto the sequencer (quantised or not). Seems like an ideal means of programming melodic stuff on it. By pattern per track do you mean pattern length? The octa can do that too. You can also chain multiples of the same pattern using the ‘Arranger’. I’m not really a fundamentalist about these sort of things that wants one bit of kit to do everything as I like some constraints. I think the Octatrack at the time was a massive step forward in hardware sequencing, which things like the BeatStep are indebted to. I was just finding it hard to hypothesise another step like that in the near future. I’d love to be proved wrong.

        • Polite Society

          Yup, though that mode doesn’t help when you are entering plocks. I use an external keyboard to enter notes and slice numbers, but it’s still way more irritating and slow to do compared to my old rm1x which supports step entry and a custom increment or something like the beatstep where you can at least dial in 16 steps at a time.

        • joshuakarjala

          My main problem with Octatrack was lack of “pattern per track” understood as independent patterns per track.

          A lot of time I want to hear what Track 2 / B3 sounds like mixed with Track 3 / B11. And I don’t want to have to copy T2/B3 -> T2/B12 and T3/B11 -> T3/B12 to hear them together.

          (Don’t know if this is possible with BSP)

  • Bobby A

    My buddy has an Engine and says it’s the greatest, most inspiring seq he’s used (has used a lot of gear) https://www.socialentropy.com/engine/?page_id=346

    • super4mod

      This looks VERY interesting! The price is a little higher but it looks like a much more sturdier type of hardware, with polyphony. Great!

    • chaircrusher

      Follow Shawn Rudiman on Facebook, he’s been raving about the Engine for weeks. In fact, @peterkirn:disqus — about time for a CDM article about the Engine. If you’ve done one, I can’t find it with site search.

      Better yet, see if Shawn will write a review of it for you.

  • Bobby A

    My buddy has an Engine and says it’s the greatest, most inspiring seq he’s used (has used a lot of gear) https://www.socialentropy.com/engine/?page_id=346

    • super4mod

      This looks VERY interesting! The price is a little higher but it looks like a much more sturdier type of hardware, with polyphony. Great!

    • chaircrusher

      Follow Shawn Rudiman on Facebook, he’s been raving about the Engine for weeks. In fact, @peterkirn:disqus — about time for a CDM article about the Engine. If you’ve done one, I can’t find it with site search.

      Better yet, see if Shawn will write a review of it for you.

  • Bobby A

    My buddy has an Engine and says it’s the greatest, most inspiring seq he’s used (has used a lot of gear) https://www.socialentropy.com/engine/?page_id=346

    • super4mod

      This looks VERY interesting! The price is a little higher but it looks like a much more sturdier type of hardware, with polyphony. Great!

    • chaircrusher

      Follow Shawn Rudiman on Facebook, he’s been raving about the Engine for weeks. In fact, @peterkirn:disqus — about time for a CDM article about the Engine. If you’ve done one, I can’t find it with site search.

      Better yet, see if Shawn will write a review of it for you.

  • Valued Customer

    I suppose I should preface this by saying that my complaint is really more to do with this whole stratum of sequencers, not as much this one in particular. That said, meh. This level of elementary, vanilla sequencing is so generic that it hardly seems worth it – just use, well, basically anything – Logic, Cubase or whatever – in the software world, and you’ll get way more power for the money. For hardware though, the Cirklon crushes that BSP into a little pile of plastic shavings, all day. Yes, it’s 6x the price, so feel free to accuse me of unfairly comparing apples and watermelons, but if you’re serious about hardware sequencers, it doesn’t start to get really good until around that range. All this cheap-and-cheerful tabletop plastic-y stuff is just a bummer if you’re after inspiring creative options rather than the same old shite. I just don’t see the point. There, I said it. Flame away!

    • Polite Society

      have you ever tried sequencing external gear with a pc? it’s not as fun as you would imagine. It’s always been a hell of jitter and drift and all kinds of weird issues for me at least. Plus you don’t get all the drum triggers and cv outs on a pc without buying at least something.

    • Will

      There are many types of sequencer. Multitrack polyphonic sequencers with piano rolls are awesome. Monophonic step sequencers are awesome too. They are just completely different beasts used for completely different purposes. A lot of what a mono step sequencer can do can indeed be done in something like Cubase but a lot cannot. Or not easily. Or not in real time. Or not as easily integrated with non-midi hardware. Or without spending more time looking at a computer monitor.

  • Valued Customer

    I suppose I should preface this by saying that my complaint is really more to do with this whole stratum of sequencers, not as much this one in particular. That said, meh. This level of elementary, vanilla sequencing is so generic that it hardly seems worth it – just use, well, basically anything – Logic, Cubase or whatever – in the software world, and you’ll get way more power for the money. For hardware though, the Cirklon crushes that BSP into a little pile of plastic shavings, all day. Yes, it’s 6x the price, so feel free to accuse me of unfairly comparing apples and watermelons, but if you’re serious about hardware sequencers, it doesn’t start to get really good until around that range. All this cheap-and-cheerful tabletop plastic-y stuff is just a bummer if you’re after inspiring creative options rather than the same old shite. I just don’t see the point. There, I said it. Flame away!

    • Polite Society

      have you ever tried sequencing external gear with a pc? it’s not as fun as you would imagine. It’s always been a hell of jitter and drift and all kinds of weird issues for me at least. Plus you don’t get all the drum triggers and cv outs on a pc without buying at least something.

    • Will

      There are many types of sequencer. Multitrack polyphonic sequencers with piano rolls are awesome. Monophonic step sequencers are awesome too. They are just completely different beasts used for completely different purposes. A lot of what a mono step sequencer can do can indeed be done in something like Cubase but a lot cannot. Or not easily. Or not in real time. Or not as easily integrated with non-midi hardware. Or without spending more time looking at a computer monitor.

    • Popo Bawa

      I agree. I love sequencers, but I hate “steps”. It’s a shame that there are so many choices of similar step sequencers, but hardly any algorithmic sequencers.

      This unit looks decent, but there seem to be so many step sequencers which offer similar capabilities already. Why not offer some more flexible ways of making patterns instead?

    • Will

      This is like saying that 1/4″ wide paint brushes and the color blue are, meh, generic. Step sequencers are ingredients in a piece of music whereas something like Cubase is the repository/conductor for an entire piece of music. They both rightly claim “sequencer” but serve very different purposes, differences that I would loosely equate to the difference between ‘violin’ and ’empty staff paper’. Both are wonderful things for creating music but not even remotely comparable.

  • Valued Customer

    I suppose I should preface this by saying that my complaint is really more to do with this whole stratum of sequencers, not as much this one in particular. That said, meh. This level of elementary, vanilla sequencing is so generic that it hardly seems worth it – just use, well, basically anything – Logic, Cubase or whatever – in the software world, and you’ll get way more power for the money. For hardware though, the Cirklon crushes that BSP into a little pile of plastic shavings, all day. Yes, it’s 6x the price, so feel free to accuse me of unfairly comparing apples and watermelons, but if you’re serious about hardware sequencers, it doesn’t start to get really good until around that range. All this cheap-and-cheerful tabletop plastic-y stuff is just a bummer if you’re after inspiring creative options rather than the same old shite. I just don’t see the point. There, I said it. Flame away!

    • Polite Society

      have you ever tried sequencing external gear with a pc? it’s not as fun as you would imagine. It’s always been a hell of jitter and drift and all kinds of weird issues for me at least. Plus you don’t get all the drum triggers and cv outs on a pc without buying at least something.

    • Will

      There are many types of sequencer. Multitrack polyphonic sequencers with piano rolls are awesome. Monophonic step sequencers are awesome too. They are just completely different beasts used for completely different purposes. A lot of what a mono step sequencer can do can indeed be done in something like Cubase but a lot cannot. Or not easily. Or not in real time. Or not as easily integrated with non-midi hardware. Or without spending more time looking at a computer monitor.

    • Popo Bawa

      I agree. I love sequencers, but I hate “steps”. It’s a shame that there are so many choices of similar step sequencers, but hardly any algorithmic sequencers.

      This unit looks decent, but there seem to be so many step sequencers which offer similar capabilities already. Why not offer some more flexible ways of making patterns instead?

    • Will

      This is like saying that 1/4″ wide paint brushes and the color blue are, meh, generic. Step sequencers are ingredients in a piece of music whereas something like Cubase is the repository/conductor for an entire piece of music. They both rightly claim “sequencer” but serve very different purposes, differences that I would loosely equate to the difference between ‘violin’ and ’empty staff paper’. Both are wonderful things for creating music but not even remotely comparable.

  • Polite Society

    So have all the sync issues been fixed now? I had a friend who got one at release and he said it almost useless due to extreme jitter, in both slave and master.

  • Polite Society

    So have all the sync issues been fixed now? I had a friend who got one at release and he said it almost useless due to extreme jitter, in both slave and master.

  • Polite Society

    So have all the sync issues been fixed now? I had a friend who got one at release and he said it almost useless due to extreme jitter, in both slave and master.

  • Karl-König Königsson

    What still irks me is the lack of a jump function; most sequencers on the market today lets you only choose between either sound or pause for a step but what I am looking for is the possibility to jump it as well.

    Point being that I can use a sequence of 16 steps as a foundation for playing by selecting start step, end step and which notes to play, jump and pause, thus effectively be able to create small loops of different length in real time. So far have I only seen this feature in the Doepfer Dark Time sequencer, which has no way of storing a pattern, being very analogue in its approach and the extremely versatile and thus expensive Manikin Schrittmacher.

    • Will

      Not hardware, but if you have an iOS device, you might check out midiSequencer. Does this (and much more). Recently made into a universal app.

  • Karl-König Königsson

    What still irks me is the lack of a jump function; most sequencers on the market today lets you only choose between either sound or pause for a step but what I am looking for is the possibility to jump it as well.

    Point being that I can use a sequence of 16 steps as a foundation for playing by selecting start step, end step and which notes to play, jump and pause, thus effectively be able to create small loops of different length in real time. So far have I only seen this feature in the Doepfer Dark Time sequencer, which has no way of storing a pattern, being very analogue in its approach and the extremely versatile and thus expensive Manikin Schrittmacher.

    • Will

      Not hardware, but if you have an iOS device, you might check out midiSequencer. Does this (and much more). Recently made into a universal app.

  • Karl-König Königsson

    What still irks me is the lack of a jump function; most sequencers on the market today lets you only choose between either sound or pause for a step but what I am looking for is the possibility to jump it as well.

    Point being that I can use a sequence of 16 steps as a foundation for playing by selecting start step, end step and which notes to play, jump and pause, thus effectively be able to create small loops of different length in real time. So far have I only seen this feature in the Doepfer Dark Time sequencer, which has no way of storing a pattern, being very analogue in its approach and the extremely versatile and thus expensive Manikin Schrittmacher.

    • Will

      Not hardware, but if you have an iOS device, you might check out midiSequencer. Does this (and much more). Recently made into a universal app.

  • WetBoy

    (Cough) Notron (cough)
    😀

  • WetBoy

    (Cough) Notron (cough)
    😀

  • WetBoy

    (Cough) Notron (cough)
    😀

  • Why can’t you change all the pitch knobs at once? i can change the octave of the pads, but i would like to change the octave of the pitch knobs.

    If i’m writing a bass line in steps, its annoying to have to turn all the pitch knobs down to lower octaves.

    Am I missing something?

    • Glen

      Press the SEQ button and then just transpose your sequence using the pads. You can move it up or down by note or octaves.

  • Why can’t you change all the pitch knobs at once? i can change the octave of the pads, but i would like to change the octave of the pitch knobs.

    If i’m writing a bass line in steps, its annoying to have to turn all the pitch knobs down to lower octaves.

    Am I missing something?

    • Glen

      Press the SEQ button and then just transpose your sequence using the pads. You can move it up or down by note or octaves.

  • Why can’t you change all the pitch knobs at once? i can change the octave of the pads, but i would like to change the octave of the pitch knobs.

    If i’m writing a bass line in steps, its annoying to have to turn all the pitch knobs down to lower octaves.

    Am I missing something?

    • Glen

      Press the SEQ button and then just transpose your sequence using the pads. You can move it up or down by note or octaves.

  • David Bikowski

    Arturia confirmed that this update is a piece of shit. It broke sync. Nice work

  • David Bikowski

    Arturia confirmed that this update is a piece of shit. It broke sync. Nice work

  • David Bikowski

    Arturia confirmed that this update is a piece of shit. It broke sync. Nice work

  • abe

    It’s too bad that Arturia’s support is so worthless. I’ll never buy another one of their products.

  • abe

    It’s too bad that Arturia’s support is so worthless. I’ll never buy another one of their products.

  • abe

    It’s too bad that Arturia’s support is so worthless. I’ll never buy another one of their products.

  • oh/ex/oh

    Seems pretty standard and the kind of stuff that should have been in from the get go. Regardless, I’ll never buy a piece of Arturia gear as long as it uses software as from past experience it’s incredibly buggy and their support is pretty awful.

  • oh/ex/oh

    Seems pretty standard and the kind of stuff that should have been in from the get go. Regardless, I’ll never buy a piece of Arturia gear as long as it uses software as from past experience it’s incredibly buggy and their support is pretty awful.

  • oh/ex/oh

    Seems pretty standard and the kind of stuff that should have been in from the get go. Regardless, I’ll never buy a piece of Arturia gear as long as it uses software as from past experience it’s incredibly buggy and their support is pretty awful.

  • the soulcatcher

    when using midi out on the BSP the following bug (which is known for a while) is still present:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJNV_8Xo0Os&feature=em-upload_owner

    Will be interesting to see if they will ever be able to fix that.

  • the soulcatcher

    when using midi out on the BSP the following bug (which is known for a while) is still present:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJNV_8Xo0Os&feature=em-upload_owner

    Will be interesting to see if they will ever be able to fix that.

  • the soulcatcher

    when using midi out on the BSP the following bug (which is known for a while) is still present:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJNV_8Xo0Os&feature=em-upload_owner

    Will be interesting to see if they will ever be able to fix that.

  • basskilla

    It would be much better-easier if it have led rig feedback for the endless encoders,for visual feedback.Maybe in the third version.

  • basskilla

    It would be much better-easier if it have led rig feedback for the endless encoders,for visual feedback.Maybe in the third version.

  • basskilla

    It would be much better-easier if it have led rig feedback for the endless encoders,for visual feedback.Maybe in the third version.

  • mister you

    Yeah, definitely. I mean, right now, I don’t know of another truly equivalent alternative. It’s really working out great for me.

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  • Richard Garside

    You have left off the article that once you get stuck in and start using it the damn thing doesn’t work! Here is a long thread about it:

    http://forum.arturia.com/index.php?topic=84972.0

    Im sorry but the concept is great and the physical design is lovely but its a piece of shit. Steps get missed out all the time with no explanation. It beggars belief. Now I wont turn my nose up at a bit of random behaviour every now and then I think its great hence the random and probability knobs included. But you will find your self turning them to zero several times wondering why is the sequence changing. Because its fucked. Theres your answer. I saved you the time.

    For some reason I cant record a sequence onto it with an external midi device through the USB option. I cant find anything about it in the user manual so it must be an oversight or Im really stupid and I cant figure it out. So I record midi onto it through the 5 pin and the sequence sounds completely different when its played back. The sequence also just changes when it feels like it. Literally just updated the firmware as well.

    THE UPDATED BEATSTEP AMATEUR IS THE SEQUENCER TO BIN.

  • Richard Garside

    some of this may be due to my routing lol. Let me do some more digging and will post if its fixed coz dont want to totally slate if it works.