Arturia has released a firmware update for its Keystep, bringing additional functionality and features to its keyboard controller with a polyphonic step sequencer to control both analog and digital devices.

Version 1.1 of the firmware adds new sequence length controls and “Armed” clock behavior, updated tempo quantizing and arpeggiator octave behavior, new randomness options and new MIDI Control Center options.

Simply put, KeyStep is a fun, powerful controller keyboard and step sequencer. It can be used as a MIDI controller for software instruments, or as an external arpeggiator or sequencer to hardware synths and modular rigs.

It’s one of the most recognizable keyboards ever made, and can be seen on stages, in studios, and on practically every booth at industry shows. It’s stylish, small, portable, and lets you unleash new-found creativity in your music with ease.

Changes in Keystep firmware v1.1

  • New sequence length controls: Rapidly change your sequence length with new MIDI Channel shortcut controls.
  • New “Armed” clock behavior: Change the way KeyStep responds when it receives incoming clock signals.
  • Updated tempo quantizing behavior: New Shift functionality lets you quickly adjust your tempo, quantized to 1 BPM.
  • Updated Arpeggiator octave behavior: Using Shift and Oct +/- in the Arpeggiator mode lets you switch octaves on the fly
  • New randomness options: 2 new randomness modes added, Pattern and Brownian, for ultimate creative chaos.
  • New MIDI Control Center options: Change the LED brightness, and control all the new features with ease.

The firmware update is available for free using the Arturia MIDI Control Center.

More information: Arturia