Korg SQ-1 Sequencer – Introduction, Demo and Review

Recently, I was contacted by Mark Barkan from the Consordini Musical Instruments project.

He noticed my KORG SQ-1 Sequencer pictured on the blog’s “Studio Photos” page, and had just completed a video review of the product.

I actually use mine to control both my KORG MS-20 analog and Yamaha MX49 digital synthesizers, when I’m in the mood for some crazy stuff!

Since I’m far from the best pianist in the world, it also comes in handy for composing complex keyboard sequences like the one in my production of “Set It All Free” (background fill, about 00:20 and 03:10 into the song).

For a demo of the synthesizers themselves, have a listen to “Ballrooms Of Mars”. The MS-20 makes an appearance at around 02:10, with the MX49 coming in at around 03:45.

Top to bottom: KORG SQ-1 Sequencer, KORG MS-20 analog synthesizer, Yamaha MX49 digital synthesizer

But, that’s more than enough about me… Back to Mark!

He was wondering if I’d be interested in posting his video here. Since I’ve never done a review of this particular piece of gear, I happily agreed.

Considering that fact that covering all of the SQ-1‘s capabilities would require a very lengthy review to sit through, the approach he took with this production is a good one, providing a high-level introduction to what this sequencer is all about.

With a price tag of only about $100, it’s an unbelievable bargain that I highly recommend. If you’re in the market for a quality built, great performing, flexible sequencer, this is a little box that opens up a whole new world of musical possibilities.

Great job on the review Mark, and sincere thanks for contributing to the Cygnus blog!

One final note I wanted to add about the SQ-1:

In my opinion, the supplied Owner’s Manual is woefully inadequate. For additional help with initial configuration, tips and advanced features, visit the KORG SQ-1 downloads page, where you’ll find:

  • Two “MIDI Implementation” detail documents
  • Windows driver software
  • SQ-1 FAQ and Tips
  • The original Owner’s Manual (always handy to have a soft copy on-hand)

About Consordini Musical Instruments

Consordini is a multi-country music project with their headquarters based in Latvia, consisting of two large teams of musicians:

  • Music article authors, based in the USA, UK, and Serbia.
  • Video producers, residing in Japan and the USA.

Many additional Consordini-produced videos are available on their YouTube Channel.

To check out their music articles, visit the Consordini Web Site.

In closing…

If you have something along these lines that you feel would be a worthwhile addition to this blog, you can get in touch with me with details at any time via the Contact link in the main blog menu, and I’ll be sure to check it out.

All contributions are required to be royalty-free, as is the case with everything else on the Cygnus Studios blog.

2 thoughts on “Korg SQ-1 Sequencer – Introduction, Demo and Review

  1. Always enjoy checking out the toys in the studio. I wish I had any ability with instruments- I love music and composition and the playing of it will forever be out of my reach.

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    1. Never say never, my old friend…

      As you well know, my primary has been drums for a very long time now, but what’s really weird is the seemingly sudden ability to pick up many others since I’ve been retired.

      So, grab one that interests you, and if nothing else there are thousands of lessons for a myriad of instruments available on YouTube. All that’s required is a commitment to put in a bit of time to get the hang of the basics.

      Certainly no one will expect you to become Jimmy Page, and most importantly the only person you need to please is yourself. You may be quite surprised!

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