Blessed be MIDI, again, for making us independent.

Frankfurt am Main-based untergeekDE decided he didn’t want to go to a Mac or Windows PC just to edit settings on his Arturia BeatStep. MIDI (System Exclusive messages)m to the rescue. Actually, even calling this a ‘hack’ isn’t really fair: this is exactly how this is supposed to work. Edit the settings you want on the hardware using anything you like, in this case taking advantage of TB MIDI Stuff. That handy app is practically reason enough to get an iPad, even a compatible used one. In the process, untergeek even changed things to work more in the way he desired.

It’s old news – the project is from last fall – but rather than just send it to Arturia, I thought I’d put it out to everyone for some feedback. Got other hardware you’ve hacked in this way? Also using the iPad for this purpose? Other ideas / tips? I’d love to hear them.

And check it out:

Taming Arturia’s Beatstep: Sysex codes for programming via iPad [blog post]

Arturia Beatstep Tool v0.1 – please help testing [TB MIDI Stuff download for iPad]


Inside BeatStep: $99 Step Sequencer and Controller Looks Compact, Versatile [Q+A, Videos]
The $100 BeatStep Sequencer and Controller: Everything You Want to Know [Review, Resources]