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Arturia BeatStep Reviews

4.5 stars based on 2 customer reviews
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  • from Jamaica, NY July 1, 2014Music Background:

    Arturia BeatStep

    Great controller all around ... A great creative start for musical ideas

  • from NYC November 4, 2014Music Background:
    performer, composer, synth head.

    Great Controller, Mixed Step Sequencer

    I have grown to rely on this unit for many elements in my live show. The pads feel great and issues polyphonic aftertouch, which is a feature that makes the unit worth the price alone. Editing the assignment is straightforward with the software. The knobs feel good, certainly for a $99 device but I'm not hugely fond of endless encoders, especially when the device itself cannot handle values above 127. This is one of my biggest gripes, NRPNs above 127 can't be used, so there goes my hope of programming my Mopho's Step Sequencer. I also would like it if the unit could program SYSEX, but alas it cannot.
    I thought I was going to use this for it's Step Sequencer functionality but so far have yet to be wowed by it. It doesn't sync to Logic properly, restarting where you stopped rather than from the first step. It can't be transposed from a keyboard and there is no way to set a tempo in to the sequence. With no display that makes it not terribly useful unless this is the master clock. It also would be nice to be able to import MIDI sequences to it. The lack of MIDI in doesn't bother me as much as some users, USB is fine.
    Most of these issues can be address with future firmware upgrades, and I hope they are. Arturia doesn't have the best record of continuing to work on released products.
    I know that I'm pointing out the flaws, but I have to reiterate, I like this product a lot. The construction feels very solid and hopefully will last.

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