The BeatStep is also a standalone 16-step analogue sequencer that can be used for creating anything from rhythmic drum patterns to complete musical phrases to be sent to analogue synthesizers for full on real-time performance.
Whilst working in the sequencing mode, the pads and encoders will work together to set and trigger steps in a sequence and set pitches for each step. Then intuitively by simply pressing a pad, it will enable or disable the current step in a melodic pattern. Within a few presses you should find yourself creating and changing up musical patterns in real-time, speeding up your workflow and boosting your creativity.
The BeatStep allows for a total of 16 sequences to be stored in memory and recalled instantly, which will allow you to play multiple patterns which can then be combined into complete songs and jammed with in real time.
Setting pitches on a compact step sequencer can sometimes be difficult, so to allow you to find the notes you want quickly, Arturia has added a scale modes that will quantize the pitches of the encoders to a specific set of notes. This means that instead of having the encoders move up and down chromatically like most step sequencers, you can set Beatstep so that you will only be allowed to pick notes that belong to the scale you want to work in.