The more you delve into Arturia’s treasure chest, the more you find to like and maybe love. The company has made faithful reproductions of some classic sounds like their take on the Yamaha DX7, plus innovative product designs like the compact Arturia MicroLab keyboard and fascinating, bizarre instruments that stake new ground, like the hybrid Arturia MicroFreak.
Most (though not all) of them are also eminently affordable. If you’re building a home studio, Arturia makes a lot of stuff that can help bridge the gaps.
The KeyStep 37 checks all these boxes. This is Arturia’s new keyboard-slash-controller, featuring (as the name implies) a wide 37 note keyboard with onboard sequencer and arpeggiator. The keys are velocity sensitive with an interesting twist in a bank of LED lights just above them on the KeyStep 37’s body that provide aftertouch feedback.
Arturia is marketing this as a “creative” instrument rather than a simple controller, and has built in a so-called “Chord Mode” which enhances single note melodies (for those who hunt & peck) with multiple voicings, strum effects and various velocity settings.