Arturia has announced its KeyStep Controller & Sequencer — a portable USB MIDI controller keyboard and polyphonic step sequencer with CV connectivity — at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California, USA.
KeyStep Controller & Sequencer features a 32-note keyboard with Arturia's proprietary Slimkey action. Aftertouch and velocity sensitivity are all present and accounted for so by balancing the best features of compact mini-keys with the musicality of full-size keys into this new keybed the KeyStep Controller & Sequencer successfully provides the freedom of portability without sacrificing playability.
KeyStep Controller & Sequencer sports a newly-designed polyphonic step sequencer with eight programmable memories, recallable at the touch of a knob. Choose Gate times (10%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 90%) and Swing settings (Off, 53%, 55%, 57%, 59%, 61%, 64%, 67%, 73%, and 75%) instantly to change the feel of the sequenced performance on the fly. Arturia also added an ability to record, overdub, and transpose sequences in real-time while still playing the keyboard live. Last, but not least, adding an Arp Mode (with eight arpeggiator pattern styles — 1 / Up, 2 / Dwn, 3 / Inc, 4 / Exc, 5 / Rand, 6 / Order, 7 / Up x2, and 8 / Dwn x2) and Chord play mode (for setting chords and playing them back with a single note or via the Arp Mode making chord-based arpeggiations a breeze) means many hours of musical adventures always lie ahead for any user of any ability.
- USB MIDI (to connect to computers and Arturia's MCC editor).
- Standard MIDI IN and OUT.
- SYNC IN and OUT (supporting 1 pulse per step, 2 PPQ, 24 PPQ DIN Sync, and 48 PPQ DIN Sync).
- GATE and PITCH CV OUTPUTS (supporting 5V or 12V and 1V/oct or Hz/V, respectively).
- A separate, assignable MOD (modulation) output that can be used with the Mod (modulation) capacitive-touch strip, velocity, or aftertouch.
- A SUSTAIN pedal input connector (for adding a sustain pedal).
KeyStep's deceptively sparse front panel packs in many more productive performance controls, including a Hold button (allowing for sustain pedal operation); Shift button (for setting Keyboard MIDI CH and the Gate and Swing times of the sequencer and arpeggiator); Oct- and Oct+ Transpose buttons; capacitive-touch Mod (modulation) strip; Rate knob and Tap button (to tap the tempo or enter rests and note ties in Seq Mode); record, play, and stop transport buttons (for enabling and disabling the sequencer or arpeggiator, using the record button to record step-time sequences or realtime overdubs).
The KeyStep Controller & Sequencer will be being showcased on Arturia's booth (#6920) in Hall A at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California.
The KeyStep Controller & Sequencer will be shipping in Spring 2016 and available to buy directly from Arturia online or through the company's global network of dealers and retailers for €119.00 / $149.00.
For more detailed information, please visit the KeyStep Controller & Sequencer product webpage: www.arturia.com/products/keystep