Free Arturia Keystep Pro 2.0 Firmware Update Adds New Features & Other Improvements

Arturia has released a free firmware update for the Keystep Pro that adds new features, improvements and bug fixes.

Here’s what’s new in Arturia Keystep Pro 2.0:

New Features

Transpose Group: Tracks can now be grouped and transposed simultaneously (Trans+Track buttons to group tracks)
Global Offset: It is now possible to alter the properties of all steps within a pattern.
(Hold Shift and turn Pitch, Gate, Velocity, Time Shift or Randomness)
Arp can now be recorded in the sequencer in real time
Chord Mode: Chords can now be recorded in the sequencer using Real Time Rec, Step Rec, Step Edit, and Quick Edit.
Arp can now be played when the sequencer is stopped
Swing can now be applied to arpeggios
Mono mode: Workflow has been reworked for a smoother experience.
Step Listen: In Step Edit / Step Rec, pressing a step button plays the step
(Can be enabled / disabled via Utility > Misc or MCC)
MIDI Thru: MIDI Out 2 can now be set to Thru mode.
(from Utility > MIDI Settings > MIDI Out 2 or the MCC)
MIDI to CV: now supports Pitch bend, Mod wheel and Aftertouch messages
Looper Touch Strip can now be disabled
(Shift + Touch Strip)
Sustain pedal & Hold are now taken in account when recording in real time.
Steps and pages can now be copied and pasted across different patterns and tracks
Notes Copy/Paste: Copy and paste of notes within a step has been reworked for a smoother experience
Reload Project saved state: Hold Project + Shift to reload the project saved state from the Flash memory
Drum Mute: “Shift + Drum” now quits Drum Mute mode
Metronome time signature is now the reference for bar size and launch quantize
Nudge, Invert and Rand Order functions can now be applied to Control Track
Pedal MMC start / stops are now supported


Various synchronisation improvements
Step Recording: Creating ties now moves the cursor to the next step on each press.
Chord mode: It is now possible to release Shift + Tie/Rest and keep editing the chord until all keys are released
Quick Edit: It is now possible to release the step and keep editing until all keys are released
Chains can now be created on the fly on several tracks without releasing the chain button
Switching between Pattern / Chain now occurs when releasing Pattern / Chain buttons.
Manually switching between patterns now exits Chain mode
Active steps now remain dim lit when holding shift for a better experience when using Nudge, Invert and Random Order functions.
Walk mode behavior improvement
Arp: velocity knob can now increase and decrease the arpeggio velocity
Arp Randomness range improvement
Arp: Keyboard now remains active when the track is muted
Arp: Added warning popup when reaching the maximum number of notes
Added a pop-up warning when trying to transpose Drum Track
Tap Tempo estimation improvement
Step Edit: Step values are preserved when going above 127 or below 0.
Control mode: Chords & Arps played when record is ON are now recorded on the selected background track

Bug fixes

Real time recording: Held notes are no longer overwritten by notes played staccato when overdub is OFF.
First step gate time is now correct when slaved to Live through USB
First step is no longer missed on start when slaved to Ableton Live via USB
Velocity minimum value is now properly displayed on the LED ring
Chord mode: Notes above MIDI note 127 or under MIDI note 0 are now ignored
No more conflicts between the Looper and the Arpeggiator
No more conflicts between the tracks and scenes step colors when holding Scene
No more conflicts between the playback cursor and scenes step colors when holding Scene
No more conflicts between the keys LEDs when using user scales and Step Edit/Step Rec
Holding an empty step now shows the default note blinking
Enabling Step Rec now properly resets the cursor position to step 1
No more stuck notes when playing arpeggios and using user scales
Default note key LED no longer stays ON when entering another note
Arp no longer misses notes
Drum sequencer can no longer stop when switching between Mono and Poly mode
Key LEDs can no longer be stuck in the Drum Mute color after exiting it
Control Mode pattern 2 no longer creates conflicts with Drum pattern 1
Pattern maximum number of notes is now properly limited to 192 notes.
Drum sequencer no longer randomly misses some triggers upon playback
Velocity voltage is now properly updated when playing legato
No more stuck notes when transposing arpeggios
Creating a chord in the chord mode is now displayed on the correct octave.

Keystep Pro firmware v2.0 is available now as a free download.

13 thoughts on “Free Arturia Keystep Pro 2.0 Firmware Update Adds New Features & Other Improvements

    1. this is all half-baked, toyish stuff imo. arturia should come up with a real, full-fledged workstation that is worthy of the name. they could do it, tech-wise. akai/imusic will release the force 6 keyboard workstation soon. that´s what i call a good move. sleep well, arturia. a bientot.

      1. worthy of what name? arturia make budget quality and always release half backed products. by now it can be their slogan but it’s good to see that the popularity of the “step” series and complaints force them to do a better job.

  1. Was just about to sell mine because of some important features. Guess I’m keeping it a bit longer.

    That bugslist is long though. Only one reason for that and that’s a product released to early.

    1. Products are *always* rushed to market and then fixed in the field. It’s a permanent battle between sales and engineering teams — the engineers want to do it just right, the sales guys want to sell product.

      1. Plugging the cord in broke the plug interface inside the machine. You can’t plug anything in.
        I live in America, Arturia is in France. There is no enforceable warranty law I have ever heard of.

        1. That doesn’t sound like the Arturia folks I usually deal with. (In Canada)
          Is the dealer you bought it from able to help? Or was it a break that was the result of plugging in the cable upside down?

    1. It’s laughable that Arturia thinks white is the go to color. We all know why, but hardly anyone wants it.

      These devices are to be operated by our dirty hands so anything but white would make more sense.

      Was hoping someone would create quality sticker overlays but still no luck unfortunately.

      1. arturia make black version when they want to boost sell of a product that sell less, they know “new product” sells better on the first couple of months

        i prefer white for devices i touch a lot like the computer keyboard so i will see how dirty they are and clean them. I hate white, black is better (666) and all that but white seems to be more hygienic.

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