There’s been a lot of excitement for this week’s announcements surrounding the annual NAMM conference, and French instrument and software company Arturia has now shared their own, unveiling a new pad controller and step sequencer called Beatstep. With 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, 16 encoders, 16 MIDI controller and sequencer presets, and a very reasonable price of $129, the Beatstep packs a lot of features into an affordable package. Arturia has also included CV outputs, USB input/output, MIDI output, and iPad compatibility (with the ubiquitous camera kit connection), allowing the controller to be used in conjunction with a range of synthesizers and drum machines, including their recently released Microbrute. The full specifications for Arturia’s Beatstep can be found here, while an introductory video is available to watch below.