The Korg SQ-1 2×8 Analog Step Sequencer is a compact and versatile sequencer with a sturdy and compact body, ideal for controlling vintage and modern synthesizers. As a descendant of the classic SQ-10 step sequencer, it supports both V/Oct and Hz/V standards, making it compatible with the MS-20 and many other types of equipment.
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. It also features step buttons inherited from the volca, which can be used to create performances overflowing with spontaneity, letting you skip steps, instantly play just the step that you press, or connect steps smoothly.
With a variety of sequencer modes, including Alternate Order, Parallel Turn, and Random, you can choose from simple sequences to complex changes to suit your needs. The step resolution is selectable as quarter notes, eighth notes, or 16th notes, and the pitch control can specify the pitch directly or the closest note in a major, minor, or chromatic scale.
The SQ-1 has two CV/GATE OUT channels, standard MIDI OUT and USB MIDI, littleBits out, and SYNC IN/OUT channel that allows you to connect to the volca series and monotribe. The unit can operate on two AA batteries or on USB bus power, with a battery life of approximately 5 hours when using alkaline batteries.
Overall, the Korg SQ-1 2×8 Analog Step Sequencer is a compact and complete hardware sequencer with all the functions you need. It liberates you from the numerically-bound parameter editing that’s typical on a DAW, providing truly musical inspiration as you concentrate on what your fingertips are doing.