- Programming with potentiometers (no endless-dial and no detent)
- Only one track
- No pattern-storage
- No internal clock (only usable as MIDI-slave)
- No display
It is optimized for live use, especially jam-sessions, but can also be used to give you new ideas, if you are stuck in your main sequencer.
- All settings can be changed while it's running.
- 2 x 8-step-pattern, that can be used alternatively or chained to a 16-step-pattern.
- Normally the pattern changes, when the one that is played ends. With a special "jump"-button it is possible to jump from one pattern to the other immediately without loosing synchronization.
- It is possible to edit the pattern that is playing or edit the other pattern.
- LEDs next to the potentiometers display after changing the pattern, if the position of the potentiometer is corresponding to the used value. If not, the position of the potentiometer is not used and the LED stays dark until the potentiometer passed the used value.
- One pattern can be copied to the other.
- Several steps can be put together, to get different note-lenths in one sequence.
- The first step can be adjusted (independently for each pattern, to make it possible to get sequences with odd numbers of steps, that are bigger than 7 steps (e.g. 13 steps).
- The last step can be adjusted (independently for each pattern, to make it possible to get sequences with odd numbers of steps, that are bigger than 7 steps (e.g. 13 steps).
- The clock-divider can be set in 8 steps (1/1 to 1/32).
- The velocity can be set in 7 steps (1 to 127).
- The 8th position for velocity is a mode, where a random number is created for each step and used as velocity.
- The range that can be programmed with the potentiometers (from full anticlockwise to full clockwise), can be set in 7 steps (13 notes to 128 notes).
- The 8th position for range is a mode, where the same note is played for every step and the potentiometers are used to program pitchbend. This makes it possible to program patterns, that are not pitch-quantized in halftone-steps. Because pitchbend is interpreted different from synthesizer to synthesizer, the maximum range that can be programmed, depends on the used synthesizer.
- The lowest note can be set in 8 steps to transpose (C0 bis C7).
- The gate-length can be set in 16 steps. The highest value makes the last note end after the new note starts to get a legato-effect.
- It is possible to generate two additional notes by setting their interval to the note set by the potentiometers. You get up to 3-voice polyphonic patterns similar to things done with "chord memory".
- The sequencer can be pushed forward or backward a step or midi-clock-tick (same as audiowerkstatt midi-clock-shifter ).
- If you got lost (e.g. after changing clock-divider, first- or last-step), you can restart the sequencer without stopping the master (same as audiowerkstatt midi-restarter ).
- All settings can be changed while the sequencer is running and all settings are stored after powering down.
The SQ-1 is a compact step sequencer with 2 x 8 steps. It's wealth of connection jacks allows it to be connected to the MS-20 and a variety of other synthesizers. Vintage analog synths or the latest compact synths can be controlled from this single unit. You can also switch between a variety of synthesizer modes and use the step buttons to create performances overflowing with spontaneity, just as when using a volca unit.
Liberate yourself from the numerically-bound parameter editing that's typical on a DAW; you'll enjoy truly musical inspiration as you train your ears and concentrate on what your fingertips are doing. Don't miss the experience of music that's driven by your instinct.
Rather than the commonly used V/Oct standard, the CV design of the MS-20 always used the Hz/V standard that provides excellent pitch stability limiting the step sequencers that are able to correctly control the MS-20. As a descendant of the SQ-10, the SQ-1 supports the Hz/V standard, enabling it to perfectly control the MS-20 or MS-20 mini. It goes without saying the V/Oct standard is also supported, and the voltage level of the CV output and polarity of the GATE output can be specified as appropriate for the device you've connected. This versatility will enable you to control a wide variety of other synthesizers as well.
As a connector, the SQ-1 provides 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.), plus the SYNC IN/OUT channel that allows you to connect to the volca series and monotribe. Compact and complete with all the functions you need, the SQ-1 is the ideal hardware sequencer.
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. 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.
Packed with carefully selected functionality, the SQ-1 features a compact and very sturdy sheet-metal body. Placed beside the MS-20 series, you'll notice a sense of solidity that gives the impression they were manufactured in the same era. The unit can operate on two AA batteries or on USB bus power.
Sequence step resolution is selectable as quarter notes, eighth notes, or 16th notes.
You can specify the way in which the step knobs control the pitch. The knob values can specify the pitch directly, or they can specify the closest note in a major, minor, or chromatic scale.
Seq is its own computing centre, hardware- and software- optimized to manage given tasks in the most effective way, without latency or glitches. Immediate responsiveness creates a synergy between the musician and the tool. It's an inspiration right from the very first step.
Intuitive to use hardware step sequencer. 32 steps, 8 track polyphony, 256 pattern storage - all enclosed within the highest quality aluminium and wooden housing. Multiple connections give you the freedom to play with your hardware and software devices. It's designed for you to be inspired and, most importantly, fully enjoy the process of creation. Seq is all you need for the way you make music today.
The heart of your creativity:
Equipped with a wide array of inputs and outputs, allowing you to communicate freely with other devices of every era and genre. Lets you feed tracks with MIDI notes using your favourite MIDI controller. Every track can be recorded step by step or in real time and then quantized independently.
With two MIDI outputs, you can connect rhythm and sound machines simultaneously. You choose where to send out the signal from every track, and if that's not enough, you can also use the USB port for the same purpose.
Big step forward in design:
The use of oak and aluminium - materials of timeless quality - allowed Polyend to avoid the need for any flashy details, making what remains even more elegant in its simplicity. Seq buttons are made of silicone with specially matched density and firmness. Their shape, size, and arrangement were chosen carefully to provide an instant and explicit response. Most of the parameters and values can be read from the Seq interface at a glance. For the rest of them, Polyend provide a bright and sharp screen. Minimalistic, stripped down from any distractions, it brings all the information you need in any performing conditions you meet.