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Korg SQ1 CV Sequencer & Sync Box
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- Connect and control the MS-20 and many other types of equipment
- A variety of sequencer modes
- Step edit buttons inherited from the Volca
- Sturdy and compact body, with battery operation
- Can switch between a variety of synth modes
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The SQ-1 is a compact step sequencer with 2 x 8 steps. It's wealth of connection jacks allows it to be connected to the MS-20 and a variety of other synthesizers. Vintage analog synths or the latest compact synths can be controlled from this single unit. You can also switch between a variety of synthesizer modes and use the step buttons to create performances overflowing with spontaneity, just as when using a volca unit. Liberate yourself from the numerically-bound parameter editing that's typical on a DAW; you'll enjoy truly musical inspiration.
Top Customer Reviews
Using a dedicated sequencer hardware really opens up the creative process and performance capabilities of any sequenced parts. The step jump function can be very inspiring and produce interesting builds when playing the knobs together.
What you get:
-8-step sequencer, with two notes per step, and one knob to adjust pitch/voltage per note. You can flip the switch to get 16 notes, or a variety of other modes.
-Simple ins and outs. You have a gate in and a gate out, midi in or midi out, USB midi, CV in or out, all the big hitters are here. The SQ-1 will connect to just about anything.
-Plug-and-play. There's no fiddly setup, unless you need to tune your output voltages precisely (and that always requires calibration, nothing new here)
What you don't get:
-Analogue midi in and out together. The device will do either MIDI in or out with no questions asked, but to do both at once or even use USB-in with MIDI out poses limitations. Read up before you buy this, if that's a concern.
-Not a lot of choice for how the device steps. Sure you can go wraparound left-to-right or bounce left-to-right-to-left, or do random or sequential modes, but that's about it. You can't readily make the device trigger into the third step, for instance. Anything you do to start or stop modes starts from step one, no matter what you're doing. For a beginning that's fine, but for audio professionals little quirks like this could be a killer.
-You don't get a 9V battery. You need really 9V to help drive a 5V output signal, so this seems like a glaring omission for a lot of users.
Overall, what I wanted this unit for is to drive either a Moog Werkstatt using 5V control voltage, or to interface with LittleBits. This device does both in a way that will keep me happy for a long time to come. Sure it has limitations, but for the price, it's gold.
I highly recommend getting a power supply or USB cable for it because it will consume batteries (2 x AA are included). Yes it comes with a MiDi adapter for running the SQ-1 to a MiDi device. Untill Korg re-issues (they may never) the SQ-10 Analog Sequencer this is the best your gonna get in this price range. I will add that Arturia makes two very nice sequencers, and I use them too. The best part of the Sq-1 is you can use it with multi-able units by chaining the sync together with a 1/8" mono cable (those are not included) So now I can integrate MiDi and CV and run many synths and still use the sync out to hook to my DrumBrute.