Korg SQ-10 Analog Sequencer

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A very good old-school sequencer from Korg. Designed for the MS series synthesizers and using Korg's CV / Gate control the SQ-10 sequencer can really surprise you with some groovy basslines. Three channel output allows pitch, tone color and timing variation. Use the knobs to adjust and build up a sequence. Sure it's limited to 12 steps (with a max of 24) but when you hook that up to your MS-10, MS-20 or MS-50 you can get some pretty cool TB-303 like stuff happening. Because the SQ-10 outputs CV (Control Voltage) it can also be connected to the Oscillators, VCF (filter) or LFO's of your MS synths for even cooler tricks. Using a CV / Gate converter allows you to use the SQ-10 with other Roland, Moog, Sequential and even MIDI synthesizers. It's definitely a fun instrument which allows you to program basslines just like they did back in the early days!

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10 Visitor comments
August 3, 2014 @ 1:49 pm
I have one for sale, located in The Netherlands
May 22, 2012 @ 8:47 am
@kevin nowhow Its was a Arp Avatar I think! Basically the same as an odyssey.
frey smith
December 29, 2011 @ 10:55 pm
is it possible to tune the pots to voltages that will work with a v/oct synth?
What does channel 3 output when you combine channel 1 and 2 for a 24 step sequence?
Does the external step control still work when you use CV tempo control?
I have only used this sequencer once controlling its tempo with a transistor switch cable from a +5 volt roland gate and running an MS-10.
It would be great to modify one to also provide a +voltage gate and Legato mode.
February 17, 2011 @ 6:51 pm
I've noticed two types of SQ-10 units: one has plastic end panels that match the other Korg MS units (MS-10, MS-20, MS-50) and the other has black-laminated particle board end panels (calling them "wood" would be a stretch).

I have the latter version, and I thought it was an aftermarket mod until I noticed the same panels on the cover of the SQ-10 PDF manual that can be found online. Other photos that I've seen show the plastic end panels. Just an interesting Korg history quirk that I wanted to share.
January 11, 2010 @ 7:25 am
you can also sync the sq10 with a kenton Midi/CV box.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - None
  • Sequencer - 12 steps per channel (24 max)
  • Multitimbral - 3 separate channels
  • Patterns - 1 pattern
  • Songs - 1 song
  • Keyboard - 36 knobs
  • Memory - None
  • Control - 3 channels of CV control
  • Date Produced - 1978
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Korg product brochure and Tone Tweakers.

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