The Korg SQ-1 2x8 Step Sequencer may be compact in size but it has a huge range of functionality. It's large wealth of connection jacks allow it to easily be connected to the MS-20W and other various synthesizers.
The SQ-1 provides two channels (A and B) of 8 step sequencing that can operate consecutively, or be used in many other modes. For example, you can run A and B one after the other to function as a 16-step sequencer, and then ignore the order and make the steps play randomly. Or you can 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 to turn notes on/off, or if you use the MODE button, it will switch their function. This opens powerful possibilities such as letting you “perform” the sequence itself, as on a volca unit.
The SQ-1 connectors include two CV/GATE OUT channels, the standard MIDI OUT and USB MIDI, littleBits out (to connect to the littleBits synth kit by littleBits Electronics Inc.) and the SYNC IN/OUT channel that allows you to connect to the volca series and monotribe.
The SQ-1 is housed in a compact, sheet-metal body making it very sturdy and durable. The unit can be powered by either two AA batteries or over USB bus power.
The main features of the Korg SQ-1 2x8 Step Sequencer include:
- 2x8 Step Sequencer
- Sequences in quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes
- MIDI Out
- CV-A OUT-Gate jack
- CV-BOUT-Gate jack
- IN-SYNC-Out jack
- USB Jack
- Powered by two AA batteries (included)