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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. Designed for the mobile musician, producer, or analog enthusiast, the KeyStep from Arturia is a 32-note, slim keyboard with Polyphonic Step Sequencing, Chord and Arpeggiator modes. Features include the slimkey keybed offering velocity and aftertouch, a new polyphonic step-sequencer with 8 programmable memories that you can recall at the turn of knob, and the arpeggiator mode offering 8 pattern styles. Additionally, the swing and gate length can be set via the keyboard on-the-fly.

The Keystep also gives you a wealth of connectivity options: USB MIDI, standard MIDI in and out, clock sync and DIN sync jacks, and CV/GATE outputs, plus a separate, assignable modulation CV output that can be used with the mod wheel, velocity or aftertouch.

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!

Main Features:

• 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 Arturia's MCC editor
• MIDI in/out ports
• Sync i/o ports: Supports 1 pulse per step, 2 PPQ (Korg Volca), 24 PPQ DIN sync, 48 PPQ DIN sync
• Sync select switches: Internal, USB, MIDI, Clock
• CV/GATE outputs: CV supports 1 Volt per octave, Volt > Hz modes, Gate output 5V or 12V for modern or vintage gear support; CV Velo/Aftertouch/Modwheel output
• Capacitive-touch pitch bend and mod wheels
• Each sequence can have 64 steps, each step can have up to 8 notes
• Low power; can be powered by Apple iPad (camera connection kit required)

Aimed at a very specific market - but good.2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMississauga, Ontario
Feels quite solid. The metal chassis is excellent, and I suspect this thing would easily survive one/multiple falls. I'd give the quality a 4, though I'm personally not a fan of the key material - it collects fingerprints. I also find there's a significant trail before any note press registers, and velocity isn't significantly editable in Arturia's otherwise-fantastic Midi Control Center, except for sequencer playback. The (up to 64-step!) sequencer and arpeggiator are quite good, though the I/O is indeed where this controller shines, making it fantastic for controlling hardware setups - particularly semi-modular and Eurorack, thanks to MIDI, CV, and SYNC outputs plus the option to use an external power supply - and similarly usable with a DAW, thanks to USB support. Overall? Absolutely recommend. This little beast is packed with features for the price, with a keybed that, despite having what I consider somewhat questionable velocity, is still the best I've found in this price range by far.
Posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2020
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Arturia KeyStep10 of 10 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreKamloops, British Columbia
A solid feeling piece of gear. Keys have good action and the pitch and mod touch strips are very responsive. Great value for the price.
Posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2018
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