MATRIXSYNTH: BeatStep Pro firmware update 2.0

Friday, June 23, 2017

BeatStep Pro firmware update 2.0

Published on Jun 23, 2017 Arturia

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1. BeatStep Pro firmware update 2.0 - Episode 1 - The Polyrhythm mode
The new polyrhythm feature for the drum sequencer of the BeatStep Pro now allows you to define different sequence lengths for each of its 16 tracks. A 9-step hit-hat fill aside a 7-step tom lick, a 11-step snare march laying over a straightforward four-on-the-flour kick, all mixing together? It’s up to you! Whether you want to create an elegant feeling of perpetual motion or the most radical drum anarchy, this is a whole horizon of creativity that opens in front of you.

2. BeatStep Pro firmware update 2.0 - Episode 2 - The new roller/ arpeggio
BeatStep Pro has already become the go-to sequencer of the greatest live performers and with the new Roller / Arpeggio feature it is going to take your gigs to an even higher level. Holding the BeatStep Pro touch strip and pushing a pad will repeat the related sound at different resolutions. This feature is now available for each of the BeatStep Pro sequencers. On a drum sound, it will be extremely helpful to create rich fills in a flash. On a synthesizer or any other melodic instrument, it will be a key to create very instinctively fast bass lines or rhythmic leads. It goes even further as pushing several pads while holding the touch strip will create an arpeggio based on the related sounds. And of course, you can use it along with the real-time recording to create and rewrite sequence with a never seen effectiveness.

3. BeatStep Pro firmware update 2.0 - Episode 3 - Pattern Chaining
Spontaneity is profitable when it comes to experimenting and extracting composition ideas from scratch. However, when you are on stage, being able to put everything in working order is often preferable. With this idea in mind we deeply reworked the BeatStep Pro code so that you can save and recall in a flash specific configurations of your patterns and even pattern chains, what we call scenes.

Each of your 16 projects can contains up to 16 scenes each allowing to chain up to 16 patterns for each of the 3 sequencers. Now if you are more into music than mathematics, this can be summed up as tremendous advantages for live performances.

4. BeatStep Pro firmware update 2.0 - Episode 4 - Randomness & Step Edition
You like what a certain level of unpredictability can bring to your music but you prefer to keep the control over your creations? Then, you will probably love the octave randomization mode. If it is switched on, when using the Randomness feature, the pitches of your active steps will only be shifted up or down one or several octaves. This will give you the best of both unpredictability and musicality.

5. BeatStep Pro firmware update 2.0 - Episode 5 - The Drum Tie-Note function & Volca compatibility
Leaving pieces of gear out in the cold is a difficult experience for any musician. Thus, we brought several additions to BeatStep Pro in order to foster the integration of the Volca modules.
It begins with a new clock format to ensure a perfect synchronization of the BeatStep Pro with the Volca built in sequencers.
From now on, you will also be able to customize the MIDI channel for each track of the Drum sequencer independently from the others. This will allow you to make the most of the Volca Sample but also to build complex setups where the BeatStep Pro Drum sequencer will control several instruments at a time.

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