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Korg introduces SQ-1 sequencer and MS-20 module kit

Korg SQ-1-590

The SQ-10 step sequencer is reimagined in a contemporary update called the SQ-1 together with a kit module of its MS-20 synth.

While Korg has already announced its reboot of the ARP Odyssey synth at the NAMM show in California this week, it has a few other bits of kit up its sleeve for hardware fans. The first is the SQ-1 step sequencer, an updated version of the SQ-10 sequencer originally released in 1978 alongside the iconic MS-20 synth. Though the SQ-1 will work with any piece of classic analogue gear – including the recent MS-20 mini – its reduced size suggests Korg seems to be aiming it more at users of its diminutive Volca line of synthesizers,

The unit seems to be aimed at offering as many performance options as possible without the need for an external keyboard. It includes a number of sequence modes including parallel, alternate, and step modes like active step, slide and jump helping those who want to make interesting melodies and rhythms, and as well as CV connections for connecting vintage gear, the battery-powered unit also features conventional MIDI and MIDI over USB for those with more modern kit.


It’s joined by the MS-20M kit (pictured above), a full-size module based around the internal architecture of the MS-20 mini requiring self-assembly – on the basis of the video below it looks to be the ideal product for those of who might like to relive their Lego-obsessed childhoods by building their own synth. It ships with an SQ-1 included, but the sequencer will also be available separately. There’s no details on availability or price for either yet, but full details on both can be found at the Korg website.