monoplugs b-step

monoplugs has released version 1.1 of its b-step sequencer plug-in.

b-step is a bass guitar oriented multi string (or track) step sequencer vst-plugin, designed for improvisation and easy live use. You program your melodies live, in a few seconds and you can’t hit a wrong note. b-step is based around the circle of fifths – you don’t have to know anything about harmony or music theory, b-step does it for you!

Version 1.1 provides improvements in areas such as Launchpad usability, MIDI IO handling and better OS and Host support. In addition, b-step 1.1 comes with a chord editor, where you can program your own set, fixing all known problems and bugs.

Changes in b-step v1.1

  • OS:
    • Add support for OS X 10.5 to 10.8 (Intel).
  • Hosts:
    • List as instrument in Ableton Live.
    • Remove support on OS X for Cubase (unsolved problems).
  • Settings:
    • Add settings editor for MIDI IO.
    • Add pop up for manage MIDI learn.
  • Programming/Handling:
    • Add chord editor. You can program your own chords or use the defaults.
    • Increase to max 8 repeats per bar (from 4).
    • The target bar will be the selected after drag’n’drop.
    • Bar-repeats, bar-offset, bar-octave will be no more copied by drag’n’drop.
  • Timing:
    • Fix timing bug – everything is absolutely sample accurate.
  • Launchpads:
    • Improved the complete launchpad map.
    • Add external MIDI port handling to manage MIDI IO.
  • MIDI learn:
    • Add multiple controller assignments.
    • Add support for notes as controller.
  • User Interface:
    • Add rotary to control all duration rotaries.
    • Add rotary to control all velocity rotaries.
    • Reduce UI refresh rate, feels less laggy.
    • Add auto resize if the desktop area is to small.

The plug-in is available to purchase as a VST plug-in for Windows and Mac, priced at 19.99 EUR.

Update October 2020: Now available for FREE from Monoplugs.