Arturia KeyStep

32-key Slim Keyboard with Polyphonic Step Sequencing; Chord and Arpeggiator Modes; Capacitive Pitch and Mod Strips; and CV/Gate, MIDI, DIN Sync, and Sync I/O
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Compact Keyboard Control for All of Your Instruments

Get an amazing compact keyboard controller and a polyphonic sequencer in one, with the Arturia KeyStep. For starters, this compact controller keyboard includes a 32-note Slimkey keybed, which is far more playable than typical under-sized keys. Sweetwater keyboardists also appreciate the capacitive pitch and mod strips, which are easy to play but don't include moving parts that can get damaged in transit. But the coolest thing about the KeyStep is its advanced functions, such as Chord Play, which allows you to play a chord and then trigger it with single keys across the keyboard. Equally impressive is the onboard polyphonic 64-step sequencer, and when you combine that with its extensive CV, MIDI, DIN Sync, and Sync connectivity, the KeyStep is one of the most versatile compact keyboard controls around.

Arturia KeyStep Compact Keyboard Controller/Sequencer Features:
  • Compact 32-note controller keyboard and sequencer that fits in any synth rig
  • Compact Slimkey keybed provides full-sized key feel across 32 narrow keys
  • Capacitive pitch bend and modulation strips provide excellent playability
  • Chord Play mode lets you play a chord and reproduce it across the keybed
  • Onboard arpeggiator provides complex note arrangements
  • 64-step, 8-note polyphonic sequencer is an amazing performance tool
  • Connectivity includes MIDI, CV/Gate, DIN Sync, and Sync
Control all of your synth gear with an Arturia KeyStep!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 32
Type of Keys Velocity sensitive Slimkeys
Aftertouch Yes
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel touch strips
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Sequencer 64-step, 8-note
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4" sustain pedal
USB Micro-B
Other I/O 3 x CV outs, 1 x Sync in/out
Power Supply USB or optional 9V DC power supply
Height 1.5"
Width 19"
Depth 6"
Weight 3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 430201

Customer Reviews

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Very Nice

Very nice little unit excellent feel and very responsive really good feature set at a very affordable price I am very pleased with it.
Music background: Amateur Musician guitar bass and keyboard

Works great with my Inkjet Printer!

I was a little skeptical due to the price and the 'slimkeys', but this thing does exactly what i need it to do. I'm printing color doublesided stuff from accross the room, on the fly. Very good quality images. Controls are intuitive and my paper is coming out just as i expected.
Music background: Office Worker

Great Product

The arturia keystep is great for chaining my roland boutiques through midi!

Awesome little controller

This controller has impressed me quite a bit. I've had it for a few weeks now, and I find myself using it more and more. The built-in arpeggiator is great and easy to use, but the most impressive feature is the polyphonic sequencer. Yes, polyphonic. That's not something you find on many controllers costing several times what this one does. There are also CV controls for controlling analog synths (cables not included), and full sized midi ports. The keys are responsive and work well, and while small, not too small. They might be a bit on the hard side, because they're smaller, but it's something I got quickly used to. The controller has a metal base and sides, so it's sturdy enough for non-studio use. If there are anything I wish was better, it would be that Arturia doesn't sell a power supply for it, which you need if you're going to use it with MIDI instead of USB to a computer. And that the capacitive touch sliders on the left are a bit sensitive, and may kick in if you have warm hands that pass too close to them. Mechanical wheels are still more reliable. If Arturia comes out with a 49-key of this one, it'll be an instant buy for me.

Just what I needed!

You guys, this thing is great. I plugged it into my Korg Volca FM, and went to town. I really opened the machine up for me. The arp is awesome, very inspiring. Who doesn't love an arpeggiated echo drenched synth (Yeah yeah, I've been watching a lot of Stranger Things too). I haven't messed around with the sequencer too much yet. It us pretty basic, but for for the kind of music I make, it's perfect. Okay, the keys. They feel great. Yes they are smaller than a full sized keyboard or piano, but they easy to play and feel solid af, the whole unit is very sturdy yet not heavy at all. It can also be used as a MIDI to CV converter! This could easily be the main controller for a small studio, one with or without a computer. I've heard some people were a bit confused by the sequencer. It can store 8 sequences not 8 tracks of sequences. Fine by me. If you are looking for something to control some of you keyboardless synths, ie Volcas, MeeBlip anode, or modular stuff, this thing kicks ^ss!
See also: Controller Keyboards, Arturia, Arturia Sequencers, Arturia MIDI Controllers