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Arturia keystep controller

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Post by spudboyblues » Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:38 pm

This looks so incredibly useful. And if they have actually incorporated the learnings from the early stumbles of the beatstep...this could be a real monster. Color me interested. :guinness:

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Post by Piranhaconda » Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:06 pm

I'm skeptical of Arturia's products along these lines by now and I'm pretty done being an early adopter. The BSP had some serious teething issues including flat out regressing in functionality while they were trying to fix it.

I do hope it sees light of day with well-thought-out functionality and is bug-free, or in the event that it is plagued with bugs they at least get fixed in a timely manner and the thing is not brushed aside when it's time to wow everybody at the next trade show with something else.

I could see myself getting one for my portable situation if it works out though.

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Post by computer controlled » Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:24 pm

I'm curious how the sequencer works, and if it has a clock input.
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Post by diophantine » Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:33 pm

computer controlled wrote:I'm curious how the sequencer works, and if it has a clock input.
Has MIDI in + "SYNC IN and OUT (supporting 1 pulse per step, 2 PPQ, 24 PPQ DIN Sync, and 48 PPQ DIN Sync)"

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Post by hawkfuzz » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:09 pm

The keys are weird for not starting on C but that doesn't matter. I think this will be it. Maybe they will do a bigger version by the time of release. I'm surprised more people weren't making these. Seems like eurorack keys are a pretty hot ticket.

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Post by dumbledog » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:23 pm

Looking forward to the Keystep Pro for NAMM '17!

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Post by mark_snipz » Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:13 am

I'd like to see a bit more info about the sequencer, but this could be perfect for sequenced chords whilst being clocked by the modular. Married up with a Streichfett.... :hyper:

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Post by jimmie » Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:58 am

This one is interesting. I may get when 3 or 4 oct version is released.

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Post by moremagic » Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:32 am

if the firmware is solid , this could be really handy. midi arp is useful and would be really i teresting, plus adding a sustain pedal in such a tiny pkg will make it a good pairing with a modular. imagine playing cv modulations with the kb while sequencing a midi chord progression
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Post by flo » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:38 am

This could be really useful. Thanks so much for including proper DIN connectors (not just USB only) as well as the sustain input!

I'm praying for stable firmware...

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Post by southphillysynths » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:26 pm

If this turns out to be what they say it will be PERFECT for what I want in a controller. Built in arp and cv out with midi will mean it will connect to everything I've got.

I would kind of prefer a bigger version but honestly it's worth it for the arp and cv alone.

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Post by Henfield » Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:03 am

southphillysynths wrote:If this turns out to be what they say it will be PERFECT for what I want in a controller. Built in arp and cv out with midi will mean it will connect to everything I've got.

I would kind of prefer a bigger version but honestly it's worth it for the arp and cv alone.
Check out the Akai Max 25 or 49. It has the arp, CV outs, MIDI, and sequencer. Where it lacks is the additional sync inputs and CV out for the mod wheel, but it has full size keys. Very useful (once you get passed the "whore thong red" plastic of the outer shell).
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Post by neuroportal » Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:23 am

"once you get passed the "whore thong red" plastic of the outer shell"

That is a potential problem that can be overcome with the plethora of modular manufacturer stickers that seem to breed at scary rates.

However, if the Keystep is (relatively) bug free, the price and functionality look pretty good. The size is also a useful size from a space point of view.

I'm quite optimistic.

I was about the Beatstep Pro, too, however.

And the SQR.

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Post by southphillysynths » Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:02 pm

Looks like this is available for presale @ $120 from sweetwater?!

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/KeyStep

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Post by southphillysynths » Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:01 pm

:bump: looks like it ships April 22 from musicians friend!

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Post by AdamJay » Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:28 pm

I'm looking for a decent keyboard for my A4's multi-map, and with a few more octaves than the onboard key buttons.
A 32 key "slim key" velocity and aftertouch sensitive keyboard with DIN MIDI output for $119 ain't a bad deal. The sequencer is a bonus, though I would take the sequencer more seriously if it had more pattern memory.

I do hope that this isn't plagued with the growing pains of updates that it's older __-step siblings have had to deal with.

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Post by Jason Brock » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:51 pm

It's like an SH-101 without the synth engine. I would like more keys though, but seems great for the price.

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Post by Annwn » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:38 pm

When I had a Microbrute, I didn't really care for the synth engine and 25 keys but found the connectivity really useful. This almost seems to fix that. An envelope and LFO would have been handy but hardly a realistic expectation.
Let's hope it actually works!

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Post by Roy72 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:47 pm

Annwn wrote:When I had a Microbrute, I didn't really care for the synth engine and 25 keys but found the connectivity really useful. This almost seems to fix that. An envelope and LFO would have been handy but hardly a realistic expectation.
Let's hope it actually works!
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Post by Jason Brock » Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:03 am

I want to superglue this thing to the front of my Karp Odyssey. I would gladly give up 5 keys in exchange for better MIDI and a 64 note sequencer/arp.

Or build a Eurorack case with it similar to the Super37:
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Post by southphillysynths » Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:07 am

I have been excited for this for a while. I hope it hurries up and gets released!

The arp and sequencer would be super quick and fun as everyone mentioned, hopefully it works...

does anyone know the release date?
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Post by oootini » Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:15 am

why does it start on F?

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Post by AdamJay » Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:22 am

It's 32 keys so it ends on C, just like a 37 key keybed would.

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Post by z3r01 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:25 am

The SH-101 has 32 keys, and starts on F, too. So, I wouldn't be surprised if the Keystep was, in part, influenced (or inspired) by the 101, with regards to the layout of the keys.

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