Korg SQ-1 Step Sequencer
The Korg SQ-1 is a compact and versatile step sequencer designed for programming and controlling your favourite synthesizers. Featuring 2 x 8 steps, and a wealth of connection jacks for connecting to your favourite synth or sound engine. Whether you have vintage analog synths or the latest compact synths, the SQ-1 can sequence them. You can also switch between different synthesizer modes and use the step buttons to create performances overflowing with spontaneity. Just like using a Korg Volca unit.
This powerful piece of hardware provides two channels (A and B) of 8-step sequencer with multiple operation 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.
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.