Korg SQ-64 Poly Sequencer
Overview by GAK
Korg’s SQ-64 is a super flexible and portable 64-step polyphonic sequencer. If you’re looking for a central hub with an intuitive workflow that can connect to and synchronise all of your hardware - the Korg SQ-64 is a fantastic choice.
Featuring a 64-step pad matrix (that can double as a keyboard with various layouts), a pristine OLED display that’s visible from any angle, a sleek and sturdy aluminium body, a diverse array of connections and a host of other under the hood capabilities, it’s never been easier to sequence and control your gear.
The SQ-64’s versatile selection of inputs and outputs make it a great centrepiece for any setup - whether it’s comprised of analogue gear, digital gear or a combination of the two! MIDI IN (x1) and OUT (x2), micro USB type B, Sync IN & OUT, 3 Melody tracks each with MODULATION, PITCH and GATE outputs and a DRUM track with 8 individual trigger outputs for controlling analogue synths, Eurorack, and drum machines. Each of the three Melody tracks comprises of sixteen patterns with up to sixty-four steps per track. The Drum track features sixteen sub-tracks with up to sixty-four steps each that can be played chained and edited in a myriad of ways. The melody tracks and patterns can be tweaked with the Gate, Pitch and Modulation modes, allowing you to inject some exciting variation into your sequences. The outputs of the Drum track can be fine-tuned to sync up with the polarity and voltage requirements of your equipment. Thanks to the SQ-64’s audio Sync In and Out connections, it seamlessly integrates with other Korg hardware including the Volca range, Minilogue/XD, Monologue and the Prologue.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a hardware purist with an arsenal of analog synthesisers and drum machines or work exclusively with software plugins in your DAW - the SQ-64 can provide rapid, tactile control for all setups. With 64 stunning LED-lit step pads at your disposal, you can visualise entire sequences and instantly edit specific steps with the encoder knobs and dedicated mode buttons. The graduated lighting on each step lets you know how much modulation has been applied, with higher values having a stronger light.
The OLED display provides clear and distinct visual feedback at any angle, perfect for any stage or studio environment. Each Melody track boasts a Modulation output, which gives you the ability to apply complex modulations to your external sources. Your jams and ideas can then be saved for later recall using the 64 project slots.
A significant advantage of the SQ-64 is the option to play the pads like a keyboard, with numerous scales and configurations to fit your style, including Keys (traditional piano layout), Isomorphic (symmetrical rows of notes, chord patterns can be transposed without changing shape) and Octaves (one scale displayed in three different octaves per row).
The SQ-64’s performance modes make it an inspiring tool that can generate sounds from your gear that you may not have thought possible. There’s a powerful built-in arpeggiator, four spicy playback modes (reverse, bounce, random and stochastic) that can be spontaneously applied to individual tracks and the ability to chain and loop patterns to your heart’s content.
You might be fooled by the SQ-64’s compact form factor (it’s 18mm thick and 38mm counting the knobs and rubber legs) but it’s truly robust due to its aluminium body, it’ll withstand the rigours of gigs and performances for years to come. It can be powered via the USB port or an external 9V adaptor so you’ve got options when it comes to integrating it into your rig.
The icing on the cake is the free software bundle that Korg throws in with the SQ-64, which includes Ozone Elements from Izotope, Skoove, Reason Lite and a variety of softsynths from Korg and other brands.
Overview by Korg
A NEW GENERATION IN HARDWARE SEQUENCING:
CREATE - PERFORM - CONTROL
Step up to an unparalleled level of connectivity and control.
The SQ-64 is an incredibly powerful and compact Polyphonic Step Sequencer with amazing hands-on intuitive controls and deep editing options to give you all the flexibility and sequencing power needed for all your musical projects. With its 64 step pad Matrix, Crystal clear OLED display, sturdy and elegant aluminium body, a wealth of connections and a variety of modes and features, the SQ-64 will become the central piece of your music studio providing total and seamless control over all your instruments so you can focus on what matters most; your music!
CONNECTIONS YOU SAID?
Despite its compact size, the SQ-64 has unparalleled connectivity and will allow you to easily control, connect and make the most of all your analog and digital gear. MIDI IN (x1) and OUT (x2), micro USB type B, Sync IN & OUT, 3 Melody tracks each with MODULATION, PITCH and GATE outputs and a DRUM track with 8 individual trigger outputs for controlling analog synths, Eurorack, and drum machines. Each of the Melody tracks (x3) has 16 Patterns of up to 64 steps each, and the Drum track (x1) has 16 Sub-tracks also with up to 64 steps each, that can be played, chained and edited in a variety of ways. Melody tracks and patterns can be edited in several modes (GATE, PITCH and MODULATION) so you can alter the information sent by your sequencer on each of these steps in many interesting ways. The DRUM track outputs can be fine-tuned to match the polarity and voltage of your connected device(s). Its audio Sync In & Out connections will allow you to seamlessly control all your other KORG gear such as the volca synthesizer series, minilogue, monologue, minilogue xd, prologue and many others!
ONE TO RULE THEM ALL
Whether you are into Analog synths, Eurorack semi-modular synths, Digital drum machines, or do everything on your DAW with digital plugins, the SQ-64 will give you instant and precise hands-on control of each and all of these. 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. Each step has graduated lighting; the higher the modulation value, the stronger the button lights up to give you a clear visual on what’s going on in the sequence. The OLED Display is crystal clear, bright and visible from any angle, so you can have access to all the information you need no matter whether you are making music at home, in the studio or playing live! The 3 melody tracks include a MODULATION output, so every step on your sequence can be creating complex modulations on your gear of choice, greatly expanding your options and possibilities for sound creation. It has never been easier to create polyphonic chords patterns, melodies, complex poly-rhythms and modulations on the fly and record them as data on each of the 64 project slots available.
The SQ-64 won’t just allow you to create incredible sequences; it packs several features and modes that will let you edit on the fly and play any of your gear real-time. The 64 pad Matrix can be also be used as a Keyboard, allowing for several layouts to be used for maximum flexibility (several scales can be assigned to any of these and a number of other parameters can be easily changed).
Keys: your traditional piano layout.
Isomorphic: the notes are displayed symmetrically in rows, you can easily transpose the same chord pattern up and down without changing its shape.
Octaves: one scale displayed in 3 different octaves on each row.
With its powerful built-in Arpeggiator you can easily bring to life and create interesting patterns out of any of your soft plugins, analog or digital synths, for immediate inspiration. Break free with 4 alternative sequence playback modes! Reverse, Bounce, Random, and Stochastic can be selected independently and on the fly to each track to add variety and intrigue. All your patterns can also be freely chained and looped, making this the ultimate device for machine live!
SLEEK, RUGGED DESIGN
Despite its wide array of features, controls and connections, the SQ-64 is just 18mm thick (38mm including the knobs and rubber legs) and is housed in a highly portable and elegant yet robust solid aluminum body that will provide years of reliable service. Powered through USB or external 9V DC adaptor, a choice of power options offer both versatility and flexibility.
FREE SOFTWARE BUNDLE
The SQ-64 comes with a diverse variety of music software from Izotope including “Ozone Elements” which lets you not only create songs but also master them using AI, “Skoove” which will help you improve your keyboard playing skills, “Reason Lite” DAW software, as well as software synths from KORG and other brands. In other words, the moment you get your hands on this sequencer you’ll have a variety of tools to help you take your music to the next level.
Software for Mac/Windows
KORG Collection -
M1 Le (synthesizer sound module)
UVI Digital Synsations (synthesizer sound module)
AAS Ultra Analog Session
(synthesizer sound module)
AAS Strum Session (acoustic guitar sound module)
AAS Lounge Lizard Session (electric piano sound module)
Propellerhead Reason Lite (DAW music production software)
Skoove free 3 month trial of Skoove Premium (online piano lesson)
KORG Gadget 2 Le for Mac (DAW music production software)
iZotope Ozone Elements (Audio Mastering Plug-in Software)
- Four part Note, Mod, and CV/Gate Sequencer
- D Sub Part provides 8 parts of CV and 8 MIDI notes
- 3x Pitch, Gate, and Mod out
- Pitch, Gate, and Mod for each part A C
- MIDI I/O/O (2 dedicated outs) + Audio Sync I/O
- 64 LED backlit soft touch buttons
- Project Memory; save and recall all your sequences
- Keyboard mode play and record in real time
- Supports all standard voltages, and can be biased as well
- All aluminium chassis; solid desktop design
- Sequencer: 64 step sequencer with 3 melodic tracks with up to 8 note polyphony, and 16 monophonic rhythmic tracks
- Tempo: BPM 30.0 - 300.0
- MIDI IN connector (φ3.5mm stereo mini - phone jack, use a type-A MIDI converter cable)
- SYNC IN jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 20V maximum input level)
- MIDI OUT1, 2 connector (φ3.5mm stereo mini-phone jack, use a type-A MIDI converter cable)
- SYNC OUT jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 10V maximum input level)
- CV GATE output A/B/C jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 10V maximum output level)
- CV PITCH output A/B/C jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 10V maximum output level)
- CV MOD output A/B/C jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 10V maximum output level)
- TRIG output 1~8 jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 10V maximum output level)
- USB bus power, or DC 9V AC Adapter ([-o +], separately sold)
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 368 Å~ 144 Å~ 74 mm / 14.49 Å~ 5.67 Å~ 2.91 inches
- Weight: 1.0 kg / 2.20 lbs
- Included items: Owner’s Manual, USB cable
- Accessories (separately sold): KA350 AC Adaptor, Patch cables MS-CABLE-18
No upgrades available