by Lyubomir Dobrev | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
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Developer Devicemeister released StepicVST, a powerful and versatile polyphonic step sequencer plug-in. The plug-in builds on top of Stepic For Live, which some of you may know as a Max for Live device. With StepicVST, Devicemeister takes its very respectable functionality outside of Ableton. Stepic For Live is still around and deeply woven into Ableton’s many nooks and crannies. So if you are a Live user, Stepic For Live is the way to go. For everyone else, here’s a monster step sequencing plug-in for whatever DAW suits you!

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Devicemeister StepicVST step sequencer plug-in

StepicVST is a step sequencer with per-section adjustable Sequence Length (in terms of Pitch, Octave, Velocity, etc.) Patterns can reach up to 16 bars for a maximum sequence length of 4096 steps (16 steps x 16 bars x 16 patterns). Among the variety of options are Step Connect (merge 2 or more steps), a fully customizable scale system, per-step Chord Play with 6-octave Chord Editor, Note Repeat, Note-On/Off Probability, and 200+ randomization options.

The sequencer supports Value Randomization for Pitch, Octave, Duration, Velocity, Step Swing, Divider, and modulation values as well as configurable ranges for Value Randomization.

StepicVST has 8 modulation sequencers useful for automating and modulating parameters in synthesizers or effects via MIDI CC. Assigning different tempos and sequence lengths to modulation sequencers makes it possible to create polyrhythmic parameter progressions. Moreover, each section (Pitch, Octave, Duration, etc.) lets you define a separate sequence length.

Stepic is also polyphonic. Its chord editor with 6-octave range lets you define individual chords for each step. You can also change the probability of notes being played and explore the Note Repeat feature, Transpose Mode, Offset & Range. There is also functionality for copying sequences between sections and patterns.

StepicVST is seriously rich but it doesn’t look particularly bothersome to use. The interface shows its Ableton roots but you ought to be able to get around it regardless of your familiarity with Live. I dig step sequencing and its pronounced rhytmic character, so getting a powerful plug-in like StepicVST in this category feels quite nice.

Devicemeister StepicVST – Price and availability

StepicVST costs EUR 39 and is available for Windows and macOS computers in VST3 and AU plug-in formats. There is no demo, but you can request a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

Devicemeister StepicVST – More information

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