Zoom ARQ Sequencer, Drum Machine & Synthesizer Hands-On Demo


At the 2016 NAMM Show, one of the most unusual introductions was the Zoom ARQ – a drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller with a built-in accelerometer.

Here’s an overview and demo from the NAMM Show floor: Continue reading

Arturia KeyStep – A USB MIDI Controller & Polyphonic Step Sequencer


At the 2016 NAMM Show, Arturia has introduced the KeyStep Controller & Sequencer — a new USB MIDI controller keyboard and polyphonic step sequencer, with CV connectivity.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Roland Intros A-01 MIDI Controller & 8-Bit Synthesizer


At the 2016 NAMM Show, being held in Anaheim, CA Jan 21-24, Roland is introducing the A-01 – a unique mobile MIDI controller and 8-bit synthesizer.

The A-01 is a genre-busting piece of gear:

  • The A-01 is the same size as Roland’s Boutique synths, and can dock in the Boutique K-25m keyboard.
  • It’s a MIDI controller that works over full-size MIDI & USB.
  • It’s also a wireless Bluetooth LE controller.
  • It’s a unique 8-bit virtual analog synthesizer.
  • It’s also a step sequencer.
  • It’s got CV/Gate connectors, so it can control analog & modular gear.

Here’s Roland’s A-01 intro video: Continue reading

A Video Guide To The Misa NSC-32 Note Sequence Controller

Misa Digital recently introduced the NSC-32 Note Sequence Controller (NCS), ‘a new type of electronic musical instrument’ designed to let you manipulate and cue electronic music sequences live.

Now they’ve shared a series of videos that takes an in-depth look at what the NCS-32 can do and offers a comprehensive guide to using the new Note Sequence Controller:

The Misa NCS-32 is available now for US $1,299. See the Misa site for more info.

The Best New Hardware Sequencers Of 2015


Best of 2015:  Other years have seen the introduction of great synthesizers of all types. But 2015 brought a treasure trove of new hardware sequencers, the likes that we have never seen.

We asked Synthtopia readers to vote on The Best New Hardware Sequencers Of 2015, and you picked the Arturia Beatstep Pro as the best new hardware sequencer of the year. The Beatstep Pro offers impressive MIDI and CV connectivity, power & immediacy, at an unprecedented price.

But the Beatstep Pro was one of many great hardware sequencers introduced in the last year. Readers voted the Squarp Instruments Pyramid sequencer into second place, followed by the huge and powerful KOMA Komplex Sequencer.

Check out results below – and then leave a comment and share your thoughts on the state of hardware sequencers! Continue reading