This is so much more than a MIDI controller and perhaps has more features than this round-up should really handle. But MIDI is not the only protocol at play in our increasingly diverse hybrid studios and so more and more controllers are including Control Voltage (CV) in their capabilities. The Keystep Pro does this in spades.
The Keystep Pro controls everything. It’ll do regular MIDI to hardware, USB to software, 4 channels of CV/Gate to analog and modular plus 8 Gates outputs to run a machine’s worth of drums. All of it can be run from the onboard 4-track polyphonic step-sequencer.
Each track can sequence hardware or software. Track 1 can run as a powerful 16 part drum machine while the other 3 can also run as arpeggiators for instant creativity. You can run monophonically with analog or modular gear and polyphonically with MIDI or USB. You can have your whole rig running from this controller. And then you’ve got performance controls over the top like rolls, loops, randomization, and transposition.
It can get deep and complicated but it also frees you from the confines of the DAW and puts multiple control over multiple instruments and devices right under your fingers. This is an extraordinary controller keyboard.
Street Price: $399
Arturia Keystep Pro