Arturia’s colourful 4-track polyphonic sequencer and MIDI controller gets a firmware update with oodles of adjustments and added extras.
KeyStep Pro 2.0
Arturia has given it a good going over finding all sorts of things to improve upon which either means it needed a lot of fixing or they’ve been working hard on developing existing ideas. By the looks of it this is more about the latter.
The arpeggiator has come in for some special attention with the first key improvement (for me anyway) which is that you can now use the arpeggiator while the sequencer is stopped. Arpeggios can now be recorded into the sequences, you can give them some swing and the range of the randomness has been improved. Arp velocity can also now be expressed as a bipolar offset.
As with the arpeggios Chord mode can now be recorded in the sequences and they’ve added the possibility to release both shift + tie and keep editing the chord until all the keys are released.
One killer feature that’s been sorely missing is the ability to preview the content of a step when editing. You can now do this (once enabled) by holding the step. Another one is the ability to quickly recall the saved state of a project after you’ve messed it around too much.
Other extra include being able to set MIDI port 2 as a MIDI Thru, being able to disable the Looper Touch Strip and the ability to offset all steps by holding shift and turning an encoder.
Improvements can be found in a reworked Mono Mode, better handling of overlapping in when overdubbing, more accurate Tap Tempo and an improved Quick Edit workflow.
Version 2.0 is free and a decent update with a number of useful improvements that add a bit more power to an already competent MIDI and CV/Gate sequencer.