|Product Dimensions||48.5 x 14.5 x 3.6 cm; 1.41 Kilograms|
|Item Model Number||430201|
|Number of Keyboard Keys||32|
|Item Weight||1.41 kg|
Arturia 430201 AR-KEYSTEP KeyStep Portable Keyboard Sequencer and Controller
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- A keyboard controller with a polyphonic step sequencer to control both analogue and digital devices
- Provide the freedom of portability without sacrificing playability
- Perfect performance controller in a compact package
- Imagined and designed to become the modern musician’s trump-card
- Slimkey keybed with velocity and aftertouch
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Arturia KeyStep is a new breed of portable musical tool combining the functionalities of a keyboard controller with a polyphonic step sequencer to control both analog and digital devices. We started by designing our own slim key keyboard action, balancing the best features of compact mini-keys with the musicality of full-sized keys into this new keybed. The size, velocity and aftertouch of this new design provide the freedom of portability without sacrificing playability. We also designed a new polyphonic step-sequencer with 8 programmable memories that you can recall at the turn of the knob. You can choose gate times and swing settings instantly to change the feel of your sequenced performance on the fly. We also included the ability to record, overdub and transpose your sequences in real time and still play the keyboard live. Add a flexible and fun arpeggiator mode and chord play mode and you are set for hours of musical adventures. These features alone would make KeyStep the best portable keyboard controller on the market. But we take it further by giving you a wealth of connectivity options: USB MIDI (of course), standard MIDI in and out (check), clock sync and DIN sync jacks (yes) and CV/GATE outputs, plus a separate, assignable modulation CV output that can be used with the mod wheel, velocity or aftertouch. To say KeyStep is an amazing little controller does not say enough. Keystep is the perfect performance controller in a compact package. KeyStep was imagined and designed to become the modern musician’s trump-card. Whatever your setup, KeyStep will merge into it to overdrive your workflow and effectiveness. With KeyStep and its range of connections, you can control any digital or analog synthesizer from the past, today and even tomorrow.
From the manufacturer
Connections featured include:
- USB (Micro-B) - Cable Included
- MIDI IN/OUT (5 Pin DIN)
- Analog Sync In/Out (3.5mm Jack)
- Sustain Pedal Input (6.35mm Jack)
- CV Outputs: Gate, Pitch, Mod (Converts Capacitive Touch Strip to CV)
- DC Barrel Power - 9V Centre Positive Type (PSU Not Included)
The Unique Interactive Polyphonic Sequencing Keyboard
Small-format 32-key step sequencer with multiple modes and great connectivity
Arturia KeyStep is a small but powerful MIDI and CV step sequencer controller keyboard, featuring an arpeggiator, chord mode, and multiple outputs that will let you create music using all your audio gear, whether you have outboard synth modules, virtual instruments, or a modular synth setup.
Its unique real-time interactive sequence input method makes it an incredibly inspiring tool for live music composition and idea generation, both in the studio and on-stage.
- 32 Slim-Key keyboard with velocity sensitivity
- Powerful 64-step polyphonic (up to 8 notes per step) interactive sequencer
- Also features in-built arpeggiator
- Control MIDI, USB and CV and Gate-enabled equipment
- Inspiring classic chord mode included
- Capacitive pitch and modulation strips included for instant performance controls
- USB bus powered for easy powering
The Perfect Small-Format Sequencer
KeyStep has two switchable modes: arpeggiator and sequencer. As an arpeggiator, KeyStep lets you play arpeggios in multiple modes and time subdivisions, and in perfect sync with your DAW or other gear. As a sequencer, it totally redefines what’s possible with a small-format MIDI controller. Create and tweak huge patterns of up to 64 steps, and up to 8 notes of polyphony deep, all with the same controls as the arpeggiator.
Inspiration on Tap
The interactive polyphonic sequencer allows for notes to be entered and overwritten in real-time, building up and evolving complex melodic passages. Notes can be added or erased without stopping playback, making KeyStep an inspiring live jamming and composition tool that's unlike anything else you own.
Get Your Vintage and Modern Gear Working Together
KeyStep features multiple outputs, including three CV outs, sync in & out, MIDI in & out, as well as MIDI over USB, letting you synchronise and sequence practically any music tech gear in existence, vintage or modern.
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Lots and lots of connectivity options, and you can power this with either your usual 9V FX pedal adapter, or via whatever you'd charge a smartphone with (mains, power bank, computer etc). I think you can even power it via an iPad.
I use it to control an Elektron Digitone, and if you're looking for the same thing then I'd recommend this. Very easy to change channels on the fly., and it worked right out of the box with no additional setting up or firmware updating. I feel most controllers are geared towards soft synths (often not even having the 5 pin MIDI sockets) so it's good that this covers all possible connectivity bases as I don't use a computer 90% of the time when I'm writing/performing.
£100 doesn't normally buy you something as extensive as this. Great value and highly recommended.
1. The keys are the perfect size for me. Portable yet comfortable. Also has a bit more than 2 octave worth of keys.
2. Sequencer is so much fun. It is very musical and instinctive. The music making flows easily.
3. Multiple ways to connect to other devices
1. I personally would have loved to have 3 full octaves. It feels a bit short for me.
2. Sequencer has to visual indication apart from the tempo blinking. Hence you feel kind of blind when you are trying to calculate what to play/append/change. Hence it’s more of a feel the music than anything else.
3. A few dials and pads would have been great.
All in all, I’m happy with the purchase. It’s a great piece of gear.
Edit: Okay, a new version is out. don't buy that one.