Arturia Keystep USB MIDI Controller
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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.You need a portable USB MIDI controller but also want a keyboard that provides a musical playing experience? You have some MIDI modules you want to connect as well but don’t want the footprint of a large keyboard? You have modular and analog gear you want to control via CV/GATEs? You want a step sequencer with polyphonic capability that can sync to your favorite modern and vintage gear? If only a single piece of gear could do all of this…
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. Sequence them all!
Three modes of operation!
In Sequencer mode you can record, play and transpose a polyphonic sequence with up to 64 steps and 8 simultaneous notes per step. Sequencer mode also allows you to rewrite in real-time your sequence and even to play and sequence simultaneously on two different MIDI channels.
The arpegiattor allows you to play each note of a chord consecutively instead of simultaneously. The eight possible playing directions and the Time Division knob will enable the creation of complex and mazy melodies.
KeyStep stands up to most of the bigger keyboard controllers thanks to its prolific array of features including a custom 32-slim-key keybed with velocity and aftertouch, highly reactive pitch and modulation capacitive ribbons and above all the possibility of controlling almost every type of synthesizer by MIDI and CV.
Arturia started by designing their 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.
They also designed a new polyphonic step-sequencer with 8 programmable memories that you can recall at the turn of knob. You can choose gate times and swing settings instantly to change the feel of your sequenced performance on the fl as well as the ability to record, overdub, and transpose your sequences in real time and still play the keyboard live.
Plus the three CV outputs send pitch and gate signals along with velocity, aftertouch or mod. ribbon signal to control an analog instrument or module. Add a flexible and fun arpeggiator mode and chord play mode and you are set for hours of musical adventures!
- Arturia’s own Slimkey keybed with velocity and aftertouch
- Arpeggiator mode: ◦Up, down, inclusive, exclusive, random, note order, double up, double down modes
- Sequencer mode: ◦8 polyphonic step-sequences with Rest, Tie, and Legato note entry
- Rate control and tap tempo: ◦REC, PLAY, and STOP buttons for performance control over the sequencer and arpeggiator
- Sustain HOLD button
- Sustain pedal jack
- Chord play mode
- SHIFT button selection: ◦MIDI channel selection, GATE time, SWING values
- DC jack for standalone operation
- USB MIDI connects to computers and our MCC editor
- MIDI in/out ports
|Number of Keys||32|
|Sequencer||8 polyphonic step-sequences with Rest, Tie, and Legato note entry|
|Power Supply||Low power; can be powered by Apple iPad® (camera connection kit required)|
|Keyboard||Slimkey keybed with velocity and aftertouch|
|Controllers||Capacitive-touch pitch bend and mod wheels|
|CV Jacks (Control Voltage)||Yes|
|USB MIDI Connector||Yes|