Korg SQ-1 Step Sequencer

Korg SQ-1 Step Sequencer

Korg SQ-1 Step Sequencer

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Product Highlights

  • 2 x 8 Step Buttons
  • Hz/V, V/Oct, CV, MIDI, USB , littleBits
  • Sync with MS-20, Volca, Monotribe
  • Alternate, Order, Parallel Turn Modes
  • Parallel Order, CV/Duty, CV/Slide
  • Battery or USB Powered
  • Active Step Mode
  • Step Jump Mode
  • Slide Mode
  • Quarter, Eighth, and 16th Note Steps
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Harness the full power of your synthesizers with the compact 2 x 8 Korg SQ-1 Step Sequencer. The unit offers a wealth of jacks for connecting to synthesizers such as the MS-20. Inspired by the original SQ-10 step sequencer, this modern update lets you play your vintage and new synthesizers by ear with an intuitive hardware-based workflow.

Powered by either AA batteries or a USB connection, the sequencer supports the Hz/V control standard, which makes it suitable for controlling the MS-20 or MS-20 mini. It also supports the V/Oct standard with the ability to control the voltage level of the CV output and polarity of the GATE output can be specified as appropriate for the device that is connected.

To connect your synthesizers, the sequencer provides two CV/GATE out channels as well as MIDI OUT, USB MIDI, littleBits out (to connect to the littleBits synth kit by littleBits Electronics Inc), plus the SYNC IN/OUT channel that allows you to connect to Korg's Volca and Monotribe series of products.

The unit offers two channels (A and B) of an 8-step sequencer that can operate consecutively or in a variety of other modes. You can run A and B following each other to function as a 16-step sequencer, ignore the order to make the steps play randomly, or use A and B to control different parameters as they run in parallel. The variety of selectable modes enables everything from simple sequences to complex changes.

The 2 x 8 step buttons can be used in the traditional way to turn notes on/off notes or you can use the MODE button to switch their function, allowing you to perform the sequence. The "Active Step" mode lets you skip steps mid-way through a sequence and the "Step Jump" mode lets you instantly play just the step that you press to produce irregular rhythms or effects that are reminiscent of short loops. The "Slide" mode produces an effect in which steps are connected smoothly, which, for example, could be used on a synth bass to create an acid sound.

For fine tuning the sequencer, the step resolution can be selected as quarter notes, eighth notes, or 16th notes. You can specify the way in which the step knobs control the pitch. Either the knob values can specify the pitch directly or they can specify the closest note in a major, minor, or chromatic scale. The sequencer is housed in a sturdy sheet-metal enclosure.

MS-20 Compatibility
Uses Hz/V standard to provide excellent pitch stability limiting for control of the MS-20 and MS-20 mini
Connectors
Provides two CV/GATE OUT channels, a standard MIDI OUT, USB MIDI, littleBits out (to connect to to littleBits synth kit), as well as SYNC IN/OUT channel to connect to the Volca series or a Monotribe
Versatile Sequencer Modes
Provides two channels (A and B) of an 8 step sequencer that can operate consecutively or be used in a variety of other modes such as in 16-step sequencer mode, ignoring the order to play randomly, or with different control parameters for A and B run in parallel
Volca Style Step Buttons
Features a 2 x 8 step button grid that allows you to turn notes on/off or use the MODE button to switch their function for powerful performance possibilities
Active Step
Lets you skip steps mid-way through a sequence
Step Jump
Lets you instantly play just the step that you press to produce irregular rhythms or effects that are reminiscent of short loops
Slide
Produces an effect in which steps are connected smoothly
In the Box
Korg SQ-1 Step Sequencer
  • 2 x AA Batteries for Testing
  • Mini Plug - DIN Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Mode Sequencer Modes
    Alternate
    Order
    Parallel Turn
    Parallel Order
    CV/Duty
    CV/Slide
    CV/Duty Random
    Random

    Step Modes
    Gate On/Off
    Active Step
    Slide
    Step Jump
    Resolution Quarter notes
    Eighth notes
    Sixteenth notes
    CV In/Out Controls Out Pitch: Linear, Minor, Major, Chromatic
    Out Voltage: 1 V, 2 V, 5 V (Oct), 8 V (HZ/V)
    Gate Output Polarity: +(positive polarity), -(negative polarity)
    Sync In/Out Polarity: +(rise), -(fall)
    Connectors
    LittleBits out jack (mini monoaural phone jack)
    OUT (MIDI OUT) jack (mini stereo phone jack)
    CV-A OUT-Gate jack (mini monaural phone jack, CV OUT: Output level 1 V, 2 V, 5 V, 8 (Hz/V), GATE OUT: output level 10 V)
    CV-B OUT-GATE jack (mini monaural phone jack, CV OUT: Output Level 1 V, 2 V, 5 V, 8 (Hz/V), GATE OUT: Output level 10 V
    IN-SYNC-OUT jack (mini monaural phone jack, SYNC IN: Max input level 20 V, SYNC OUT: Output level 5 V)
    USB jack (type B, USB MIDI)
    Power Supply 2x AA batteries (alkaline recommended) or USB power
    Battery Life Approximately 5 hours (when using alkaline batteries)
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 7.60 x 3.31 x 2.48" (9.30 x 8.40 x 6.30 cm)
    Weight 1.41 lb (641.00 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 4.5 x 3.4"

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