Korg - SQ-64 Polyphonic Step Sequencer + Software Bundle
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Modulation Mode allows you to set a value for each step that will send out an appropriate voltage from the CV Mod output, and it will send velocity or another Continuous Controller over MIDI. The SQ-64 has 64 beautifully LED-lit Step button pads that not only let you see the whole picture at once, but also allow for super-fast and satisfactory editing with its encoder knobs and dedicated mode buttons that will simplify and speed up your workflow.
There doesn’t appear to be a step‑record function where you tap notes and have them added to the next step, and this feels a strange omission on a hardware sequencer. The track independence is powerful and versatile and brings both the danger and joy of accidentally mixing your patterns up and subverting your intentions. For this there are eight CV outs, although you can set more complex patterns and output via the MIDI channel. My local vendor (Perfect Circuit) has no word, but succinctly mentioned that while supplies and production are cut in half, demand is up by a factor of three.
They're complimented by mode buttons and encoder knobs, which allow for efficient hands-on editing and a more refined workflow. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. I think perhaps Korg felt it was somewhere you would momentarily dip into but no, I spend a lot of time here once I’ve got some patterns going. It’s also a simple process to copy and paste these from one to another, something that can be a struggle with some devices, where there’s a lack of appropriate controls.
It's been designed to take pride of place in your studio - delivering additional control over your other instruments and gear in the process. Each button has a slit towards the top edge with a Cylon‑like red glow that’s dim when inactive and brighter when enabled. I can only set the step lengths for each of the main tracks A-D, but D only as a whole, not each of the drum sub tracks. When the device is set to a brightness above 7 it introduces these vertical lines and often scrambles the screen, it is otherwise fine. If I needed a sequencer this would be a no brainer but I have an SQ1 and a number of other sequencers.These can represent many things, but they most obviously offer a button for every step of a sequence — which will please anyone who’s gotten lost in the pages of 16‑step devices. All of the patch sockets are on the back, which means I can’t butt the SQ‑64 up against my rack because of all the cables. Hello all, can anyone recommend any good tutorials on how to set up this thing to sequence multi-voice analog drum modules via CV triggers (such as Vermona/DrumFire/Tama Techstar) on Track D? All of the LEDs were suddenly much brighter, making it difficult to distinguish between steps that are on and those that are off.
The lack of quantize is awful too, but that one seems like an easy fix in software if they chose to do so.That vibe of playfulness is carried through in the Loop Mode and under the Shift key as you discover new ways to run or ruin your patterns. I didn't listed this in my checklist because I wanted to focus on details that I couldn't find before in videos and manual. So gating things on and off, for example a sample on a sampler module or an ADSR envelope won't work. I preferred using the external MIDI tbh, but for some reason track D (drums) will not record from external MIDI. The four buttons beneath the display are employed to switch between the possible four banks of 16 steps.