Since its release, the Arturia KeyStep has quickly become one of the stand out MIDI keyboard controllers for hardware synthesists and DAW users alike. The size factor, playability, programability, and set of features, CV and MIDI compatability, along with a very reasonable price make this a serious contender for inclusion in most music studios.
And now Arturia have just made KeyStep even better thanks to the latest free 1.1 firmware update. Here's what's new...
New sequence length controls
Record + MIDI Channel to set sequence length
Add multiple steps with MIDI Channel notes
New “Armed” setting
This new option changes the way sequencer and arpeggiator of KeyStep behaves when it receives clock signals. This can be toggled “on” and “off” in the MIDI Control Center.
Updated tempo quantizing behavior
Now, you can press Shift and Rate to fine-tune the tempo, quantized to 1 BPM.
If you select or tap a tempo, you can hold Shift and Rate to adjust the tempo +/-10 BPM around the previously set tempo.
Updated Arpeggiator octave behavior
By holding Shift and Oct +/- in the Arpeggiator mode, you can adjust the notes of the arpeggio by +/- 4 octaves.
New randomness options
Building on the original fun random element of KeyStep, version 1.1 offers exciting, creative new randomness abilities in the Arpeggiator. This behavior can be changed in the MIDI Control Center.
New MIDI Control Center options
Added LED brightness setting.
Multiple small enhancements and bug-fixes.
Simply put, KeyStep is a fun, powerful controller keyboard and step sequencer. It can be used as a MIDI controller for software instruments, or as an external arpeggiator or sequencer to hardware synths and modular rigs.
It’s one of the most recognizable keyboards ever made, and can be seen on stages, in studios, and on practically every booth at industry shows. It’s stylish, small, portable, and lets you unleash new-found creativity in your music with ease.