MATRIXSYNTH: Using Arturia's KeyStep with VCV Rack

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Using Arturia's KeyStep with VCV Rack


Published on Mar 7, 2019 Omri Cohen

Follow-up to VCV Rack & Arturia's KeyStep - First Patch

"For a while now, I was looking for a relatively small midi keyboard, that will work well with VCV Rack, but also with other gear, and that will fit into my live setup I'm building. Little did I know that the KeyStep from Arturia is a very powerful tool to have, super intuitive, and very friendly in a live situation. Other than having all the "regular" features a midi keyboard has like velocity and aftertouch, it has also a cool arpeggiator with 8 play modes, and a very powerful sequencer that can interact with the user and evolve the sequence on the spot as the composition develops. It's also very easy to use within VCV Rack, and in this video I show how to sync the KeyStep with VCV Rack, how to use it as a "normal" midi keyboard, also polyphonically, and I demonstrate how the arpeggiator and sequencer are working, including Chord mode, which is very cool by itself.

00:29 - Syncing the KeyStep with VCV Rack
04:08 - Using the KeyStep as a "normal" MIDI Keyboard (monophonic AND polyphonic with up to 16 voices)
16:02 - Using the KeyStep's arpeggiator
19:25 - Using the KeyStep's sequencer including KYB Play mode
24:45 - Using the KeyStep's chord mode"

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