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Beatstep pro - yay or nay

I’m thinking about getting one to sequence my volcas, and/or some apps. Any advice, warnings or opinions would be very helpful. Even just a yay or nay! Also, the black or the white version?

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  • edited January 14

    I had the regular (not Pro) Beatstep and couldn't stand the knobs - I believe they are the same style for the Pro

    The knobs are designed for the onboard sequencing of the unit, and don't work well when MIDI controlling other parameters. You need two full twists of the knob to turn a MIDI destination fully from 0 to 127. I changed setting as much as I could to try to fix it, and never found a solution. Tweaking a filter cut off using these knobs is extremely unsatisfying!

    If you using it mainly for the onboard sequencer, disregard my complaint :)

    Oh, and I find the black ones much nicer looking

  • I’ve recently got hold of a BSP and I love it. Ive got the white version, but that’s because my go to store only had these.

    There are limitations - like with anything. Suggest watching the many reviews out there, but also make sure to watch the v2 firmware ones - quite. Lot of good stuff was added in this firmware.

    One thing I’d like is to be able to change the drum er pad channel assignments without using a computer, but tbh I use Mozaic to do all my midi mappings so its no big deal for me.

    It’s a step sequencer so you cant record off-quantised steps (you can adjust them after the fact).

    There’s something that gels With me, with using the BSP rather than tapping on the screen.

    I had a few issues with powering from my iPad, it can be done, but i found it a bit unreliable so I use the y-usb cable and power the BSP independently.

  • I bought a black one and couldn’t integrate It into my workflow like I wanted to. I have one for trade if you are interested

  • I had it and almost loved it but the lack of polyphony bugged me enough to sell it. I bought it to sequence Volcas too, but was frustrated that I couldn't send chords to the Volca keys. The pads and roller are lovely though, and I kind of miss it, enough to have been sniffing around eBay for another one. I should have loved it for what it was ...

  • @Oblique said:
    I had it and almost loved it but the lack of polyphony bugged me enough to sell it. I bought it to sequence Volcas too, but was frustrated that I couldn't send chords to the Volca keys. The pads and roller are lovely though, and I kind of miss it, enough to have been sniffing around eBay for another one. I should have loved it for what it was ...

    Dead girlfriends and old keyboards both...

  • Thanks for the comments. I’m thinking I could sequence the volca keys from the ipad with another controller so the lack of polyphony mightn’t be a problem. Keystep pro is tempting though...

  • Just saw the Launchpad pro mk 3... never mind.

  • @drewinnit said:
    I had the regular (not Pro) Beatstep and couldn't stand the knobs - I believe they are the same style for the Pro

    The knobs are designed for the onboard sequencing of the unit, and don't work well when MIDI controlling other parameters. You need two full twists of the knob to turn a MIDI destination fully from 0 to 127. I changed setting as much as I could to try to fix it, and never found a solution. Tweaking a filter cut off using these knobs is extremely unsatisfying!

    If you using it mainly for the onboard sequencer, disregard my complaint :)

    Oh, and I find the black ones much nicer looking

    Any alternative? 200$ or less. Thanks! I just need a lot of knobs.

  • As an alternative, look at StepBud sequencer app: per step probability, midi cc sequencing and more. You are not limited to 2 melodic tracks and drums only.

  • edited May 25

    @Montreal_Music said:

    @drewinnit said:
    I had the regular (not Pro) Beatstep and couldn't stand the knobs - I believe they are the same style for the Pro

    The knobs are designed for the onboard sequencing of the unit, and don't work well when MIDI controlling other parameters. You need two full twists of the knob to turn a MIDI destination fully from 0 to 127. I changed setting as much as I could to try to fix it, and never found a solution. Tweaking a filter cut off using these knobs is extremely unsatisfying!

    If you using it mainly for the onboard sequencer, disregard my complaint :)

    Oh, and I find the black ones much nicer looking

    Any alternative? 200$ or less. Thanks! I just need a lot of knobs.

    http://faderfox.de/pc4.html

    24 knobs for 200 Euro —> 216.83 USD

    or MORE for about $100 more

    http://faderfox.de/ec4.html

  • @audiblevideo said:

    @Montreal_Music said:

    @drewinnit said:
    I had the regular (not Pro) Beatstep and couldn't stand the knobs - I believe they are the same style for the Pro

    The knobs are designed for the onboard sequencing of the unit, and don't work well when MIDI controlling other parameters. You need two full twists of the knob to turn a MIDI destination fully from 0 to 127. I changed setting as much as I could to try to fix it, and never found a solution. Tweaking a filter cut off using these knobs is extremely unsatisfying!

    If you using it mainly for the onboard sequencer, disregard my complaint :)

    Oh, and I find the black ones much nicer looking

    Any alternative? 200$ or less. Thanks! I just need a lot of knobs.

    http://faderfox.de/pc4.html

    24 knobs for 200 Euro —> 216.83 USD

    or MORE for about $100 more

    http://faderfox.de/ec4.html

    Nice! Does it work with iPad?

  • @drewinnit said:

    The knobs are designed for the onboard sequencing of the unit, and don't work well when MIDI controlling other parameters. You need two full twists of the knob to turn a MIDI destination fully from 0 to 127. I changed setting as much as I could to try to fix it, and never found a solution.

    A lot of persons had this problem. Anyone knows if it fixed?

  • @Montreal_Music said:

    @audiblevideo said:

    @Montreal_Music said:

    @drewinnit said:
    I had the regular (not Pro) Beatstep and couldn't stand the knobs - I believe they are the same style for the Pro

    The knobs are designed for the onboard sequencing of the unit, and don't work well when MIDI controlling other parameters. You need two full twists of the knob to turn a MIDI destination fully from 0 to 127. I changed setting as much as I could to try to fix it, and never found a solution. Tweaking a filter cut off using these knobs is extremely unsatisfying!

    If you using it mainly for the onboard sequencer, disregard my complaint :)

    Oh, and I find the black ones much nicer looking

    Any alternative? 200$ or less. Thanks! I just need a lot of knobs.

    http://faderfox.de/pc4.html

    24 knobs for 200 Euro —> 216.83 USD

    or MORE for about $100 more

    http://faderfox.de/ec4.html

    Nice! Does it work with iPad?

    from the site link

    System requirements

    PC or Mac with a free USB port (1.0 or higher) or a USB hub (connection by inclosed USB cable)
    iPad with iOS5 or higher (connection by apples camera connection kit)
    MIDI device with standard midi in port (5pin DIN socket connection by enclosed adapter cable)
    USB power adapter (5V min 100mA) if you want to control only midi gear

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