Arturia Keystep Firmware 1.1 Adds New Arp/Sequencer Functions & More As A Free Update

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Keystep firmware update 1.1: Arturia adds major new arpeggiator & sequencer features to its best-seller midi keyboard

If you ask the Synthesizer communities for a cheap but powerful keyboard with many functions, many of them will probably say the Arturia Keystep. No wonder, it’s a small MIDI keyboard with 32 keys, built-in arpeggiator, sequencer and chord generator for just 119€. A lot for little money

With the new Keystep 1.1 firmware update, Arturia adds additional functionality and features to the arp/sequencer section for free.

Arturia Keystep Update 1.1

New In Keystep Firmware Update 1.1

  • Sequence length controls (record + MIDI channel to set sequence length) 
    • Holding Record and hitting one of the 16 first notes sets the sequence length.
    • If the previous sequence length was smaller, it adds silences
    • If the previous sequence length was bigger, it truncates the sequence.
  • Armed SettingThis new option changes the way sequencer and arpeggiator of KeyStep behaves when it receives clock signals. This can be toggled “on” and “off” in the MIDI Control Center.
    •  ON: the user arms the sequencer by pressing Play. When armed, an incoming clock signal will start the sequencer. Otherwise, KeyStep will stay in STOP mode. In this mode, the incoming clock will be transmitted even when the internal sequencer isn’t playing.
    • OFF: the sequencer will automatically play and send clocks when an external clock signal is received on the selected clock source.

Arturia Keystep Firmware Update 1.1

  • Updated Tempo Quantizing Behaviour: Now, you can press Shift and Rate to fine-tune the tempo, quantized to 1 BPM. If you select or tap a tempo, you can hold Shift and Rate to adjust the tempo +/-10 BPM around the previously set tempo.                                                                                                               
  • Updated Arpeggiator octave behavior: By holding Shift and Oct +/- in the Arpeggiator mode, you can adjust the notes of the arpeggio by +/- 4 octaves                                                              
  • New Randomness Options: Building on the original fun random element of KeyStep, version 1.1 offers exciting, creative new randomness abilities in the Arpeggiator. This behavior can be changed in the MIDI Control Center.
    • Full (legacy): the notes played are totally random
    • Pattern: every new note entered or released in the arpeggiator will generate a random pattern of N steps, using the pressed/held notes and the current octave.
    • Brownian (drunk walk): after every note is played, it has a random chance of moving forward, backwards, or staying on the same step.                                             
  • Additional MIDI Control Center Options
    • Added LED brightness setting.
    • Multiple small enhancements and bug-fixes
Keystep firmware update 1.1 is available now as a free download. The Arturia Keystep MIDI controller is available now for 119€ worldwide.

More information here: Arturia

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