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Korg SQ-1 CV Sequencer and Sync Box

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When the classic MS-20 analog synthesizer appeared in 1978, it had a trusted partner in the SQ-10 step sequencer. Now, after thirty years, the MS-20 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Keyboard sequencer and sync box.

When the classic MS-20 analog synthesizer appeared in 1978, it had a trusted partner in the SQ-10 step sequencer. Now, after thirty years, the MS-20 has been reborn as the MS-20 mini, and the SQ-10 has evolved into the more modern SQ-1.

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.

Connect and control the MS-20 and many other types of equipment
Rather than the commonly used V/Oct standard, the CV design of the MS-20 always used the Hz/V standard that provides excellent pitch stability limiting the step sequencers that are able to correctly control the MS-20. As a descendant of the SQ-10, the SQ-1 supports the Hz/V standard, enabling it to perfectly control the MS-20 or MS-20 mini. It goes without saying the V/Oct standard is also supported, and the voltage level of the CV output (*) and polarity of the GATE output can be specified as appropriate for the device you've connected. This versatility will enable you to control a wide variety of other synthesizers as well.

As a connector, the SQ-1 provides two CV/GATE OUT channels, the standard MIDI OUT and 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 the volca series and monotribe. Compact and complete with all the functions you need, the SQ-1 is the ideal hardware sequencer.

Versatile sequencer modes
The SQ-1 provides two channels (A and B) of 8-step sequencer that can operate consecutively, or be used in a variety of other modes. For example, you can run A and B following each other to function as a 16-step sequencer, ignore the order and make the steps play randomly, or use A and B to control different parameters as they run in parallel. From simple sequences to complex changes, you can choose from a variety of modes to suit your needs.

Step buttons inherited from the volca provide excellent improvisatory possibilities
The 2 x 8 step buttons can be used in the usual way to turn notes on/off, but you can also use the MODE button to switch their function, opening up powerful possibilities such as letting you "perform" the sequence itself, as on a volca unit.

"Active Step" lets you skip steps mid-way through a sequence, and "Step Jump" lets you instantly play just the step that you press, producing irregular rhythms or effects that are reminiscent of short loops. "Slide" produces an effect in which steps are connected smoothly; using this to control a synth bass is an easy way for anyone to generate an acid sound.

Sturdy and compact body, with battery operation
Packed with carefully selected functionality, the SQ-1 features a compact and very sturdy sheet-metal body. Placed beside the MS-20 series, you'll notice a sense of solidity that gives the impression they were manufactured in the same era. The unit can operate on two AA batteries or on USB bus power.

FEATURES
  • Connect and control the MS-20 and many other types of equipment
  • A variety of sequencer modes
  • Step edit buttons inherited from the volca, providing excellent improvisatory possibilities
  • Sturdy and compact body, with battery operation

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KorgSQ-1 CV Sequencer and Sync Box
 
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4.0

Nice little sequencer!

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Pros

  • A host of features
  • Great value
  • Many ways to patch and control its behavior
  • Small and very well constructed
  • Works perfectly with the MS-20 Mini

Cons

  • Does not always hold pitch when powered on/off
  • No AC adapter
  • Tiny pitch knobs

Best Uses

  • Any time you need to use a sequencer!

Comments about Korg SQ-1 CV Sequencer and Sync Box:

A perfect addition to the MS-20 with two CV outputs/gates, yet adaptable to many other synthesizers, including digital units. This is possible because of its MIDI (adapter cable included) and USB outputs. There's also sync in/out jacks that can be used to synchronize it with other devices, such as volca units.

To touch on some features... I have an MS-20 Mini, so I'll address what applies there where appropriate:
- Adjustable voltage (1/2/5/8v). Uses V/Oct at 1/2/5V, and Hz/V at 8V, that latter being what you want to use with the MS-20.
- Reversible gate polarity. You'll want this set to negative for the MS-20.
- You can vary the pitch of each note directly, or set it to play the closest note for the selected scale (major, minor, etc.).
- Can be used in 8 or 16 step modes, with a variety of patterns.
- Adjustable playback speed
- Adjustable note length
- When placed in "Step Jump" mode, each button may be held down to continuously play that note, so pitch can be easily be adjusted for each step.
- The case is small and unobtrusive, made of steel and built like a tank, just like the MS-20 Mini. It fits perfectly on top of it as well.

Bottom line: A nice little sequencer, with a host of features considering its cost. If you have an MS-20 Mini, this is a no-brainer addition.

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5.0

Classic sequencing on the palm of your hand

By JEM

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  • MIDI patch cable included
  • Multiple connections possible

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      Comments about Korg SQ-1 CV Sequencer and Sync Box:

      The nuances this thing is capable of can expand the musical possibilities on my Volca and Monotribe while synchronizing other gear via the MIDI patch cable.

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