ARP Sequencer

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A classic sequencer of the 70's. This is not a synthesizer, it was (for its time) a sophisticated 16-step sequencer used to control other synths. You create your sequences with the sliders. Adjust the sliders to change pitch while each slider represents a sixteenth note, for example, in the 1 bar pattern it loops. It uses the ancient Control Voltage (CV) and Gate protocols to play your sequences on another analog synthesizer. Because of the various types of CV/Gate used by different makers at the time, the ARP Sequencer works perfectly with the ARP 2500, 2600, Odyssey, Avatar and other ARP synthesizers as well as Roland, Oberheim and Sequential Circuits. To interface the Sequencer with other types of CV/Gate capable synths would require a CV converter box.

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Once you get it working it's fun and easy to learn. Use it to create continuous arpeggios or simple sequences of patterns for your vintage analog gear. Tweak it in real-time as you create or perform, it's very hands-on. It has a classic and recognizable character as you can hear in the demo below. Famous users include The Who, Depeche Mode, 808 State, Vince Clarke, Jean-Michel Jarre, Billy Currie of Ultravox and Visage, and film-maker John Carpenter.

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6 Visitor comments
March 26, 2014 @ 8:18 am
Paul McCartney used on the song Temporary Secretary,from the McCartney II album.
Dave Read
July 15, 2013 @ 3:24 pm
Had one of these while I was at Boston School of Electronic Music. Incredible little unit - great for live performance, and for synchronizing to multitrack tape. incredibly easy to learn to use, and very good real-time control features.
April 3, 2013 @ 9:20 am
Can you use the ARP sequencer with a Korg ms20? How does it stand up to the sq10?
Jammy Fishpaste
April 19, 2012 @ 9:02 am
DAF need to be added to the list of ARP Sequencer users. They recorded three albums that feature little more than vocals, acoustic drums and a Korg MS-20 driven by an ARP Sequencer. They pushed the possibilities of what could be done with a 16 step analogue sequencer to the limits:
March 25, 2012 @ 2:18 am
Please contact me if you have one for sale at, working or not!
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - n/a
  • Oscillators - n/a
  • LFO - n/a
  • Filter - n/a
  • VCA - n/a
  • Keyboard - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - 16-step
  • Control - CV/GATE
  • Weight - 8 lbs (3.6 kg)
  • Date Produced - 1976
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