KorgSQ-1 MIDI + CV Step Sequencer


In Stock Available immediately!
  • Free Shipping
  • No Hassle Returns
    No Hassle
  • Warranty
  • Low Price Guarantee'
    Low Prices

Korg SQ-1

Don’t let the compact size fool you—the Korg SQ-1 is an extremely powerful 2x8 step sequencer with a plethora of connections that allow it to interface with MIDI gear, computers, modular synthesizers, and more. This means that the SQ-1 can be used as a compact control device for even the most robust synthesizers. And heck, it's a lot of fun too!

The unit features several different modes and intuitive front panel controls that advocate a similar spontaneity as Korg’s Volca devices. Rather than focusing on the rigidity of numbers and measurements, why not shoot from the hip with a controller than appeals to the user’s instincts?

SQ-1 Features

  • Connect and control the MS-20 and many other types of equipment
  • 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, and littleBits out (to connect to the littleBits synth kit by littleBits Electronics Inc.)
  • SYNC IN/OUT channel that allows you to connect to the volca series and monotribe.
  • Versatile sequencer modes: 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.
  • Step buttons inherited from the volca provide excellent improvisatory possibilities.
  • 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.
  • Sturdy and compact body, with battery operation
  • 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.
  • Sequence Step Resolution: quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes
  • CV OUT Pitch: Linear, Minor, Major, Chromatic
  • CV OUT Voltage: 1V, 2V, 5V (Oct) 8V (Hz/V)
  • GATE OUT Polarity: + (positive polarity), - (negative polarity)
  • SYNC IN/OUT Polarity: + (rise), - (fall)
  • Connectors
    • littleBits OUT jack (mini monaural phone jack)
    • OUT (MIDI OUT) jack (mini stereo phone jack)
    • CV - A OUT - GATE jack (mini monaural phone jack, CV OUT : Output Level 1V, 2V, 5V, 8[Hz/V], GATE OUT: output level 10V)
    • CV - BOUT - GATE jack (mini monaural phone jack, CV OUT : Output Level 1V, 2V, 5V, 8[Hz/V], GATE OUT: Output Level 10V)
    • IN – SYNC – OUT jack (mini monaural phone jack, SYNC IN: Max Input Level 20V, SYNC OUT: Output Level 5V)
    • USB jack (type B, USB MIDI)
  • Power Supply: Two AA batteries (alkaline batteries recommended), or USB power
  • Battery Life: approximately 5 hours (when using alkaline batteries)
  • Dimension: (W x D x H) 93 x 84 x 63 mm/7.60" x 3.31" × 2.48"
  • Weight: 641 g/1.41 lbs.
  • Included Items: Two AA batteries for checking operation, mini plug – DIN cable
  • Options: Patch cable MS-CABLE-18
SignalRelated ArticlesExpanding the Make Noise 0-CoastIdeas for Growing Your Semi-Modular SetupAlternatives to Expression PedalsAtypical and Automated Methods for Controlling EffectsBest Electronic Music Gear Under $500Grooveboxes, MIDI Controllers, and Synths for a BudgetArtist Picks: Best Gear of 2021 - Part 1Best Synths, Effects, & Controllers with Andrew Huang, Benn Jordan, and MoreBest Synthesizers of 2020Affordable Desktops to the Return of Vintage ClassicsBuilding a Modular Synth on a BudgetFirst Steps Toward an Affordable Eurorack SystemAwesome Electronic Music Gear Under $200The Best Budget Synths, Drum Machines, Effect Pedals, Noisemakers, and MoreUsing Control Voltage with Effects PedalsModular Synths + the Hidden World of Expression Pedal ModulationKorg ARP 2600 M Analog Semi-Modular SynthesizerThe Best Synth of All Time...Just SmallerKorg SQ-64 Polyphonic SequencerA New Brain for Your Entire StudioCreative Control Strategies: MIDI to CVConnecting the Old and the NewMeet Moog's MAVISAn Affordable (and Excellent) Desktop Semi-Modular SynthesizerTalking Modular Synths With POBMaking Patches, Creating Synth Demo Videos, And Releasing Modular JamsDesigning Joy: an Interview with Tatsuya TakahashiKorg.Berlin CEO on Acoustic Synthesis, Sustainability, and Design PhilosophyWhat is CV/Gate?Control Voltage and Gate Signals Explained
Product Demo Videos
Korg Arp Odyssey Full Size Sounds And Filter Comparison
In this video we played some duophonic sounds, a beefy bass with filter feedback and a sequenced bass-line where we compared all three Odyssey filter revisions, which are all in the Korg Arp Odyssey. We used the limited edition full size version with matching SQ-1 sequencer, the Odyssey shown has the Rev 3 paintjob, but it is available with Rev 1 and Rev 2 paint as well.
Holiday Gift Guide : Stocking Stuffers for Synthesists and Studio Socialites !
Our Pal Wes shows off some of our favorite small gifts for synthesists, studio folks, musicians, and enthusiasts!

Highlighting some of our favorite small tools, utilities, doodads and gizmos that we think would make great gifts for the synthesist in you life. From books to mugs, tiny portable synths and everything in between, we hope this video will help give you some ideas if you need them ;)
Korg SQ-1 MIDI + CV Step Sequencer Reviews