Arturia BeatStep Pro MIDI Pad Controller & Sequencer

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 550+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$299
Arturia BeatStep Pro MIDI Pad Controller & Sequencer

Specifications

  • Pads: 16 Pressure sensitive pads
  • Buttons 3 x Transport buttons, 1 x Shift button, 6 x Preset/project utility buttons, 4 x Roller/looper buttons, 16 x Step buttons, 16 x Sequence Control buttons, 4 x Project/Control modes, 1 x Tap/Metronome button, 1 x Sync button
  • Knobs: 3 x Swing/Randomness/Probability knobs, 16 x Encoder knobs, 1 x Rate/Fine knob
  • Standalone Mode: Yes
  • Power: USB, USB power adaptor for standalone situations
  • Connectivity: USB, MIDI In/Out, Clock sync with multiple standards, CV/GATE outputs, 8 x drum gate outputs
  • Compatibility: USB Class Compliant
  • Software Bundle: None
  • Dimensions: 16.3" x 6.4" x 1.4"
  • Weight: 3.20 lbs

Gearank Recommendation

The BeatStep Pro appeared on our recommended list for MIDI Pad Controllers from August 2017 until April 2019 when it was out-ranked by higher rated models.

Overview

The BeatStep Pro showcases 16 drum sequencer pads and two other independent sequencers, with 64 steps per sequence.

It's both a sequencer and controller that syncs with any computer via USB.

Other connections include MIDI In/Out CV/GATE, drum gate, and clock sync connectivity - great for those who prefer working with external hardware, such as analog synthesizers.

This is a good controller for live performers and those who work in studios, especially for those who want a versatile controller that works both with computers and other external hardware.

Hands On Reports

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Paul Nagle 80/100
Music Radar Computer Music 90/100
Keyboard Magazine Francis Preve 90/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best MIDI Pad Controllers.

Comments

How can I connect this

How can I connect this Arturia BeatStep Pro Controller & Sequencer to studio speakers without going through an interface?

Hi Chris thanks for the

Hi Chris thanks for the question. Being a controller without its own sounds, you would need a sound source like a hardware synthesizer of some kind or a computer.

Use either the MIDI, USB (the BeatStep Pro is powered via USB), or CV/Gate to sequence and control that unit that produces sound. Finally, connect the audio out of the sound source to your studio speakers.

An audio interface is usually recommended when using a computer to avoid latency issues and to bypass the less than ideal 3.5mm audio outs that computers usually have (if any at all!).

If you give me a more detailed description of the gear you plan to use I can offer more specific advice, feel free to do so, and thanks for reading our stuff!