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Stepic FAQ

Stepic and Stepic for Live look very similar. What's the difference between both devices?

Stepic for Live is the older brother of Stepic and was designed as a Max for Live device specifically for use in Ableton Live. As a Max for Live device, it has access to Live's API and is able to control not only the parameters of other software plugins and hardware devices, but also parameters within Live itself. This includes all Live devices such as Live's synthesizers, samplers, audio and MIDI effects as well as channel and master parameters. Stepic, on the other hand, is a native VST3 and Audio Unit plugin that loads into various hosts such as Logic Pro, Cubase, Bitwig Studio, Studio One, Cakewalk or REAPER. With Stepic you can control the parameters of other software plugins and hardware devices that are in the same channel strip. Bitwig Studio is an exception. There it is possible to control Bitwig's own parameters using the MIDI modulator. While Stepic for Live and Stepic have a similar looking user interface and feature set, they are independent plugins. Internally, they need to be different in many ways to work either as a Max for Live device or as a VST3 and Audio Units plugin.


Does Stepic for Live work with other hosts than Ableton Live?

No. Being a Max for Live device, Stepic for Live only works with Ableton Live.


Does Stepic (VST3/AU) work in Ableton Live?

Stepic (VST3/AU) works well with Ableton Live. If you don't have Max for Live, then Stepic (VST3/AU) is the way to go. Since the VST3/AU version does not have access to the Live API,  parameter automation is only possible via MIDI CC (Controller Change).


I'm interested in Stepic, but my host is not listed as compatible.

If your host is not listed as compatible, we probably haven't had a chance yet to test Stepic with it. Contact us at [email protected] and file a host support request. Devicemeister is always interested to extend their list of supported hosts.


What's about FL Studio support for Stepic?

FL Studio is currently the only host that we know of, that doesn't pass Stepic's MIDI CC messages of the modulation sequencers. This means, Stepic cannot be used for parameter modulation in FL Studio. However, Stepic loads into FL Studio, but only the note sequencer will work properly.


I need Stepic for Live and Stepic. Is there a discount if I want to buy both?

Yes. Stepic for Live and Stepic are available as a bundle. For more information take look at Stepic Bundle.


I already own Stepic for Live or Stepic. Is there a discount if  I want to buy the other one?

Yes. If you already own a version of Stepic you can upgrade to Stepic Bundle for €19.00. Log in to your account and navigate to Purchase History -> View Licenses -> View Upgrades and select Upgrade License on Stepic Bundle. You will be redirected to the checkout and the discounted price will be calculated automatically.