Arturia’s KeyStep 37 is a MIDI keyboard that encourages creativity but won’t break the bank

Although it’s arriving in chronologically dubious circumstances, it’s fair to say that the new KeyStep 37 is the ‘middle child’ of the KeyStep MIDI keyboard range, sitting above the standard model but below the Pro variant. Think of it as the bottle of wine you’d choose on a first date in order to appear neither too flashy or too cheap.

Like its siblings, this is a MIDI keyboard with some significant extras. In this case, a sequencer and arpeggiator, chord performance tools - including a strum feature - scale quantisation and real-time MIDI controls. It’s designed to encourage creativity and, as well as working with your computer, can also be used to control MIDI synths or CV and modular gear.

Specs are below, and you can see the KeyStep 37 in action in the video above. It costs £149 and will be available later this month. Find out more on the Arturia website.

Arturia KeyStep 37 specs

  • 37-note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
  • RGB LED keyboard indicators for note tracking 
  • 64-step sequencer with 8 patterns
  • 8-note polyphony per step
  • Step recording and live recording sequencer modes
  • Mono and overdub recording options
  • 8 mode arpeggiator with new random modes
  • Chord mode offers 12 chord voicings included a user-defined chord
  • Unique strum, velocity and note controls for Chord mode
  • Scale mode lets you quantize the keyboard to a scale of your choice - never hit a wrong note
  • 5 scales to choose from, including a user-defined scale
  • 16 assignable & adjustable MIDI CC controls
  • USB, MIDI, CV and clock connectivity - with USB A port.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite
Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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