Korg’s SQ-10 remake. This is the Korg SQ-1 Review…
Korg SQ-1 Review – Introduction
One of the latest Korg analog products is not a drum machine neither a synthesizer. Instead we have between our hands an amazing analog step sequencer and a CV/gate converter that gives you the ability to control tons of old synths and modular gear via USB. Everything we are talking about is inside a little metal box that goes by the name of Korg SQ-1 and this is Midi Life’s Korg SQ-1 review.
Korg SQ-1 Review – Cheapest converter?
I have been waiting decades for something like this! So many things have been done the right way that I cannot thank Korg fot the Korg SQ-1 enough. In our Korg SQ-1 review we want to help you understand how much this baby is cheap…
Ever since I saw the Korg MS20 decades ago I have been praying to se a new affordable analogue step sequencer. Korg heard my prayers and made what me and others were looking for. The Korg SQ-1 was designed and carven from his big daddy the Korg SQ-10, nowadays the SQ-10 is incredibly expensive, we are talking about a 1500$ minimum for a step sequencer.
What about MIDI to CV converters? Forget trying to find a decent midi to CV converter for less than the price of the Korg SQ-1. They just don’t exist in this planet. 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 bit scared at first because I was thinking I could get only one octave out of it, but for euro’s 1V / octave standard, changing the function to 5V or 8V was a quick solution to the problem. It’s super fun, you can do all the most traditional sequencing 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 sequencer 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 different notes of different values and different gate length; Run a fast little TB-303 type sequenced with slides on some notes. The machine gets its energy from batteries and USB so don’t worry about having your house full of batteries, it works fine with USB cable to a smartphone power supply!
Korg SQ-1 Review – Never used an analog step sequencer?
To complete our Korg SQ-1 review we had to think about musicians out of the analog world. Many people who have never used an analog step sequencer can get a little bit scared or threatened by the Korg SQ-1. So we gave this baby to one of our friends, a new music producer used to software more than analog, someone who has never used an analog step sequencer. This is what he thinks about it:
This my first sequencer ever so I can’t compare it, regardless, I had great time with the Korg SQ-1 and I’ve really enjoyed using this machine even if it’s not my thing, it’s easy to use and super fun, I’ve been using the MIDI out to control either the Volca Key or the Volca Bass . It’s a great way to control your synth to have your hands free to play other instruments like a guitar, bass etc if you’re a multi instrumentalist, set the groove and jam on top of it! Totally worth the affordable price, thank you for giving me the chance! I think this experience made me think more about analog step sequencing this is why I’ve ordered one myself from Amazon.
Korg SQ-1 Review – The problem is “how many?”
Our Korg SQ-1 review could’t end without us saying: “Thank you Korg for another great sequencer!” . This is a great machine capable of doing a shitload of things while being easy to use and incredibly affordable. Here at Midi Life we found only one con for this device, that is when you get it you will dream of owning four of them and having them all synced, one sending some massive 32-step sequences while the others do weird little drum patterns. So our final words are: Here’s the link to buy one from Amazon ( $89.99 ).