The Best New Hardware Sequencers Of 2015

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Best of 2015:  Other years have seen the introduction of great synthesizers of all types. But 2015 brought a treasure trove of new hardware sequencers, the likes that we have never seen.

We asked Synthtopia readers to vote on The Best New Hardware Sequencers Of 2015, and you picked the Arturia Beatstep Pro as the best new hardware sequencer of the year. The Beatstep Pro offers impressive MIDI and CV connectivity, power & immediacy, at an unprecedented price.

But the Beatstep Pro was one of many great hardware sequencers introduced in the last year. Readers voted the Squarp Instruments Pyramid sequencer into second place, followed by the huge and powerful KOMA Komplex Sequencer.

Check out results below – and then leave a comment and share your thoughts on the state of hardware sequencers! Continue reading

Harvestman Stillson Hammer Sequencer (2016 NAMM Show Sneak Preview)

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2016 NAMM Show: Seattle synth manufacturer The Harvestman shared this sneak preview of a new step sequencer, the Stillson Hammer mkII.

The new sequencer will make its official debut at the Winter NAMM Show, coming up in January.

Here’s what they have to say about it: Continue reading

BeatStep Pro Updated With ‘Wait To Load Pattern’, Pattern Chaining & More

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Arturia has released a free update to the BeatStep Pro that adds user-requested features, making it, according to the company, ‘more powerful than ever’:

  • The sequencer has been enhanced with quantized pattern launch and pattern chains;
  • Parameters can now be edited for all steps at once; and
  • An improved song position algorithm keeps BeatStep Pro synchronized at all times.

Here’s what’s new in BeatStep Pro firmware version 1.3: Continue reading