Korg SQ-1 Step Sequencer

Compact Step Sequencer with 2 x 8 Steps, 8 Sequencer Modes, Volca-inherited Step Edit Buttons, Sturdy Metal Construction, and Battery Operation
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Compact Control for Your Synths!

A modern version of the famed SQ-10 step sequencer, the Korg SQ-1 puts 2 x 8 steps, a large selection of I/O, and a variety of synthesizer modes into a convenient, compact package. Although designed as a companion for Korg's MS-20 semi-modular synth, the SQ-1's flexibility lets you control everything from vintage analog synths to the newest compact synthesizers. On top of that, the durable SQ-1 will hold up gig after gig, thanks to its sturdy metal construction. The synth-tweakers here at Sweetwater are stoked by how the SQ-1 frees them from the numerically-bound parameter editing that's typical in their DAWs. Take it from us, the Korg SQ-1 step sequencer will liberate your inspiration!

Korg SQ-1 Step Sequencer Features at a Glance:
  • Lets you control the MS-20, as well as other vintage and modern synths
  • 8 sequencer modes for creative flexibility
  • Volca-inherited step edit buttons give you loads of improvisatory possibilities
  • Sturdy metal construction for durability
  • Battery operation for portability
Liberate your creative inspiration with the Korg SQ-1 step sequencer!

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Tech Specs

USB 1 x Type B
Power Supply 2 x AA, USB Power
Dimensions 7.6" x 3.31" x 2.48"
Weight 1.41 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SQ1

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A Brilliant Item for the Price

I have been waiting decades for something like this. So many things have been done right that I cannot praise the Korg SQ-1 enough. Ever since I purchase a Korg MS20 decades ago I have been lusting after an analogue step sequencer. Korg are unique. They do things different and short of finding a cheap old SQ10 you have very few and expensive options. Forget trying to buy a decent midi to CV converter for less than the price of this baby. They just don't exist.What can it do?Sequence like it is 1980 in Berlin.Create changes on the fly.Set the CV to HzV to match the Korg MS20 and other analogue synthsSent 2 midi channels out to sound module.Receive midi from computer via the usb (Midi to CV conversion).I have used older step sequencers like the Roland 104 and it nearly broke my mind trying to keep it in tune. The Korg SQ-1 is rock solid and gives you the option of play majors, minors or chromatic scales.My recommendation to anyone who is on a budget and serious about analogue electronic music is get this. It is small in size but big in versatility.
Music background: Producer/Musician

If you are a synth geek, this is a must-have!

If you are building up a modular synth system, the SQ-1 is an affordable, quality sequencer that is a "must-have". I can send MIDI to one synth and CV/Gate to another synth at the same time. It runs just fine on 5V USB, or batteries, both of which are handy for mobile rigs. It is solidly made and should put up with road wear. It's also small and fits into even the most cluttered home studio. If you are reading this and don't have one of these, you need this - buy one.
Music background: Amateur electronic musician. Recording engineer.

Korg doesn't go wrong.

For $100, you can't go wrong. It can send two independent channels (synced in time, of course) of CV to my euro-rack. I was a little bummed at first because I thought I could only get one octave out of it, but for euro's 1V / octave standard, changing the function to 5V or 8V was a quick remedy. It's super fun, you can do all the traditional seq stuff: have a six note sequence on channel A and an eight on channel B, so as it runs it off-sets, putting one sequence ahead of another. Use channel A as a running seq and channel B in STEP JUMP mode as a mini keyboard. Run it in 8 step CV DUTY RANDOM mode to have it skip around between notes of different value and gate length. Run a fast little TB-303 type seq with slides on some notes. I think the only con to this device is that now I dream of owning four of them and having them all synced, one sending some massive 32-step seq while the others do weird little drum patterns. I was shocked at how well the midi works, because it is a pretty hilarious 1/8" to female midi dongle, but it worked great with ableton to make a drum sequence and with Madrona Lab's Aalto as a sequencer. (Side note-it was polyphonic over midi to Aalto, channel A played a melody and simultaneously channel B a bass-line, I have not tried it with other soft-synths but would expect the same.) Don't worry about stocking your house with batteries, it works fine with USB cable to an iPhone power supply!

Great fun and easy to use!

This my first sequencer so I have nothing to compare this to but, regardless,I have really enjoyed using the SQ-1, it's easy to use and super fun, I've been using the MIDI out to control either the Volca Key or Bass plus it syncs up to the Volcas and Monotribe. It's a great way to control your synth while freeing up your hands to play guitar, bass etc if you're a multi instrumentalist, set the synth groove and jam! Totally worth the affordable price, thank you Korg and Sweetwater! A+
Music background: Composer

First steps with Korg SQ-1

excellent product, I opened the box and I found myself pleasantly surprised by the quality of the construction. I am using a Arturia Microbrute Arturia and Moog Werkstatt-01 with cv/gate control and the result is really great. My plan is to use it to sequence the analog modular synthesizer I'm building
Music background: none, i'm hobbyst
See also: Korg, Korg Synthesizers