French hardware and software manufacturer Arturia announced the all-new BeatStep Pro controller and step-sequencer Jan. 22 at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California, which will offer producers a wide range of connectivity and options in a single compact device–a veritable Swiss army knife of controllers.
BeatStep Pro is an expanded version of the BeatStep controller launched at last year’s Winter NAMM show. It combines two monophonic step sequencers and a 16-track drum sequencer in one small package. Designed to perform equally as well on the stage as in the studio BeatStep Pro has a wide range of connectivity and time-sync options such as MIDI, USB, CV/GATE, and DIN Sync. This allows it to control both modular and digital hardware synthesizers and drum machines, as well as stand-alone or plugin virtual instruments from one control surface.
Each of BeatStep Pro’s step sequencers has been expanded to feature up to 64 steps per sequence, 16 steps per project, and 16 projects. Note, velocity and gate time settings are available for each step. The drum sequencer features 16 velocity-sensitive pads and allows up to 16 tracks of step sequencing. Other features include performance controls, a randomizer, real time looper/roller touch strip, touch sensitive knobs, and tap tempo.
BeatStep Pro will be available in spring 2015 at a price of $299.