A MIDI keyboard/pad controller for contemporary music production and performance, the new PreSonus ATOM SQ offers a staggered 32-pad layout that’s designed to be familiar to both keyboard players and drum programmers.
The pressure-sensitive pads have poly aftertouch and the RGB LEDs make facilitate customizable color-coordination of samples and loops. A built-in arpeggiator and user-configurable touch strip are intended to provide more expressive control. Advanced features allow changing the keyboard scale and mapping the eight assignable rotary encoders to control numerous parameters. An LCD screen displays context-sensitive information and uses a dynamic button system that changes function depending on the task at hand.
Integration with the Studio One’s Pattern Editor lets ATOM SQ function as a TR-style 16-step sequencer, in addition to playing virtual instruments. Navigate much of Studio One without a mouse and keyboard using transport controls, a dedicated Click toggle, timeline zoom in/out, and track navigation. Create evolving step sequences, insert a pattern, change its length, add new variations, and change scales. Select and edit notes individually, and even copy, paste, duplicate, and delete events, all with tactile controls. Studio One 5 Artist is included and now features full ReWire, VST/AU, and Studio One Remote support.
Further capability includes launching clips and scenes in Ableton Live (also included) during a performance, selecting devices and edit parameters, navigating tracks and scenes, and controlling each track’s volume, panning, and send levels. Drum programming can also be done in Ableton Live.
ATOM SQ is available now at PreSonus dealers for an anticipated U.S. street price of $249.95.