1-MIDI Control Center

Download the MIDI Control Center

You can fully customize the mapping of the pads, encoders, transport buttons, as well as edit the sequences remotely.

Click the installer for Mac or Windows depending on your system.

SOFTWARE
Platform Name Date Size Version Infos Download
 10.10+ New  Midi Control Center 06-Aug-2018 42.3 Mb 1.7.5.738  
 Win 7+ New  Midi Control Center 06-Aug-2018 22.2 Mb 1.7.5.738  

Run the installer and follow the instructions

If you need help, go on our website and ask a question in the forums or contact technical support (You will need to create an account).

On Mac,

Double click the .pkg, then follow instructions

On Windows

Open the .exe file, then follow instructions

2-Firmware Download

Update your firmware and get access to the newest functional improvements

1-Launch the MIDI Control Center application

2-Connect your BeatStep Pro to your computer

3-Turn the unit on, then select BeatStep Pro from the DEVICE list in the top left corner

4-Make sure you are connected to the Internet

If a new update is available for your unit, you should be prompted with a message asking if you want to download and install it.

Follow the instructions displayed on screen to update your unit.

Remember to launch the MIDI Control Center regularly and check for updates.

firmware & midi control center

BeatStep Pro
FIRMWARE
Platform Name Date Size Version Infos Download
  New  BeatStep Pro Firmware 08-May-2018 391.3 Kb 2.0.1.6  
Midi Control Center
SOFTWARE
Platform Name Date Size Version Infos Download
 10.10+ New  Midi Control Center 06-Aug-2018 42.3 Mb 1.7.5.738  
 Win 7+ New  Midi Control Center 06-Aug-2018 22.2 Mb 1.7.5.738  
MANUALS
Manual Date Size Version Infos Download
  New  Midi Control Center Spanish Manual 15-Jan-2018 1.8 Mb 1.0
  New  Midi Control Center Japanese Manual 07-Sep-2017 16 Mb 1.0.0
  New  Midi Control Center French Manual 07-Sep-2017 1.8 Mb 1.0.0
  New  Midi Control Center English Manual 21-Jun-2017 1.8 Mb 1.0

3-Registration

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4-Main Functions

Connections

BeatStep Pro can be used in many ways with many types of gear. Below are some examples of setups:

Using BeatStep Pro with a Computer
Using BeatStep Pro in multi-function setup

Two common formats can be found for pitch Control Voltage. You can select either V/Oct (Arturia synthesizers, Eurorack modules, …) or Hz/V (Korg, vintage Yamaha synthesizers, …) from the MIDI Control Center application.

Projects

BeatStep Pro allows you to store and recall 16 Projects.

Each Project contains a MIDI controller map, and a bank of 16 sequences for each of the three sequencers (Seq1, Seq2, Drum). To recall a Project, hold the PROJECT button and press one of the 16 step buttons. The currently loaded Project will be displayed by a lit button.

Control Mode

The Control Mode allows you to use BeatStep Pro as a standard pad and knob controller. This mode is active when the CONTROL MODE button is lit RED.

The pads can be either drum pads or assignable MIDI buttons. The step buttons can be used as MIDI toggle switches. The encoders can be used to control any MIDI mappable parameter in most DAWs, plug-ins and hardware MIDI instruments. The transport buttons can be used as a remote control for your DAW.

All knobs, buttons, pads default to the USER MIDI channel (that can be changed from the controller). You can set them to individual channels as you need using the editor.

To change the global MIDI channel:

Press and hold the CHAN button, the step button that corresponds to the currently selected channel will be lit. To choose a different channel, while holding CHAN, press a step button from 1 - 16.

Sequencer Modes

The Sequencer modes allow BeatStep Pro to act as a step sequencer. This mode is engaged when SEQUENCER 1, SEQUENCER 2 or DRUM button is lit. A step sequencer is perfect for making repeating patterns on synthesizers or drum machines.

Make sure you have the BeatStep Pro connected via MIDI, USB MIDI or CV/Gate.

Starting a sequence:

Pressing the PLAY button will start the internal clock and playback. The current step will light in white to show where you are at all times.

Add notes and change their pitch, velocity, length or Shift in a sequence:

When the sequence is in PLAY, the step buttons that are lit will have a note played. You can make a step play a note or insert a rest by simply toggling the button ON/OFF.

SEQ1
SEQ2

Press the KNOBS button in the SEQUENCER 1 or 2 section until PITCH is lit. Try changing the notes by turning an encoder. You will hear the pitch go up or down on the step that you are adjusting. The note value is shown on the TEMPO/ VALUE display.

SEQ1
SEQ2
DRUM

Press the KNOBS button in the SEQUENCER 1 or 2 or DRUM section until GATE is lit. Try changing the note length by turning its respective encoder. The gate value is shown on the TEMPO/ VALUE display. A gate length of 99% ties the step to the next step.

SEQ1
SEQ2
DRUM

Press the KNOBS button in the SEQUENCER 1 or 2 or DRUM section until GATE is lit. Try changing the note length by turning its respective encoder. The gate value is shown on the TEMPO/ VALUE display. The values are 1-99%, TIE, SLIDE.

DRUM

Press the KNOBS button in the DRUM section until SHIFT is lit. Try moving a trig away from its quantized position by turning its respective encoder. The shift value is shown on the TEMPO/VALUE display.

SEQ1
SEQ2
DRUM
Changing Sequences:

BeatStep Pro allows you access to 16 sequences for each sequencer (SEQ1, SEQ2, DRUM). Change a sequence by simply pressing the SEQUENCER1, SEQUENCER2 or DRUM button and pressing a step button from 1 – 16. The currently loaded sequence will show when you press and hold the RECALL button. Alternatively, you can use the dedicated arrows buttons to move to the previous/next sequence.

Clearing Sequences:

Hold SHIFT button and press the step button 1. This will clear the current sequence..

Mute Sequences:

Each sequence can be muted using the dedicated MUTE button.

Alternate Functions:

There are alternate functions that can be enabled or disabled by holding SHIFT + pressing a pad or turning the main data dial. These include changing the pattern play direction, the tempo/transpose and the time division. Hold SHIFT + STEP 1 button to clear the current sequence.

5-More Help

Download the manual

Click the links below to download the User Manual in English, French or Japanese

MANUALS
Manual Date Size Version Infos Download
  New  BeatStep Pro DE Manual 02-May-2018 6 Mb 2.0
  New  BeatStep Pro FR Manual 02-Nov-2017 4.1 Mb 2.0
  New  BeatStep Pro ES Manual 24-Oct-2017 4.1 Mb 2.0
  New  BeatStep Pro JP Manual 04-Jan-2018 18.3 Mb 2.0
  New  BeatStep Pro EN Manual 11-Sep-2017 4 Mb 2.0

6-Tutorial Videos

Learn how to use your BeatStep Pro with different configurations and devices and increase your creative possibilities.

How to use BeatStep Pro with Ableton Live

Glen Darcey, VP Product Management, presents you how to use BeatStep Pro with Ableton Live. BeatStep Pro is designed to integrate seamlessly in your DAW in order to maximise your control ability.

BeatStep Pro melodic sequencers

Glen Darcey, VP Product Management, introduces you the two melodic sequencer of the BeatStep Pro. BeatStep Pro grants you the most advanced sequencing power and the freedom to exercise it with your own style.

BeatStep Pro drum sequencer

Glen Darcey, VP Product Management, takes you through the drum sequencer of the BeatStep Pro. BeatStep Pro unleashes your beatmaking creativity thanks to its uncompromising workflow both thought for performance and recording.

BeatStep Pro connectivity

Glen Darcey, VP Product Management, takes you on a guided tour of the connectivity possibilities granted by BeatStep Pro. From modular to all-in-one devices passing by the digital environments, BeatStep Pro will become the core of every kind of setups.