Arturia Beatstep Pro

Essential sequencer

This was one of my first purchases when I began my obsessive journey into hardware synthesis a few years ago. I still use it just about every time I record something.

No doubt a DAW like Ableton has much greater sequencing capabilities. Oddly enough for an IT professional, I much prefer hands on hardware to programming a computer and mousing little virtual knobs, etc. Hardware is so much more instrument-like, more fun to play…

That said, I have and do use the Arturia Beatstep Pro to sequence hardware, but mostly I use it as a midi controller for Ableton, and especially for the drum rack.

The first thing you will notice, that you cannot tell from pictures is, the Beatstep Pro is a solid device with metal casing. This is not a lightweight plastic controller, I was happy to discover.

As you can see in the image below, it is quite versatile in the connections department. In my opinion, there is little if anything, anywhere near its price range, that competes with it.


Manufacturer’s website

Product support, downloads

Strongly recommended that you download the newest OS, unless you hate bug fixes, stability and new features.

Facebook user groups

Arturia Beatstep Pro & KeyStep – User Group


(Uptown Oscillators) UO Arturia Beatstep Pro YouTube Playlist

Useful Links

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Main Features

  • 2 monophonic step sequencers
    • Up to 64 steps per sequence
    • Note, velocity and gate time settings per step
    • Note tie
  • 16-track drum sequencer (one track per pad)
    • MIDI controller mode
    • Fully customizable for knobs, step buttons and velocity and pressure sensitive pads
    • Send MIDI CC, note data, program changes
  • 16 Projects, each with 16×2 sequences, 16 drum sequences and a controller map.
  • Performance controls
  • Randomizer with Amount and Probability settings
  • Real-time looper/roller touch strip
  • Independent swing amount per sequence
  • Touch sensitive knobs
  • Tap Tempo
  • Connectivity
    • CV/GATE outputs (1 volt per octave CV, 10 volt gates)
    • 8 drum gate outputs
    • Clock sync with multiple standards
    • MIDI In/Out with supplied MIDI adaptors
    • USB class compliant
  • Supports full parameter and sequencing editing capability using our free MIDI Control Center software
  • Kensington lock