Korg SQ-64 In-Depth Review & Demo

In his latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes an in-depth look at the Korg SQ-64, a new option for MIDI + CV/Gate step sequencing.

The Korg SQ-64 offers three melody tracks and a drum track. For each of the melody tracks, there are CV Gate, CV Pitch and CV Mod signals available via 3.5mm mini jacks. For the drum track, there are 8 trig outputs available via 3.5mm mini jacks.

The SQ-64 is expected to be available in January for $299.

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
0:45 Overview
3:40 Project scope
4:20 Connectivity
6:10 MIDI/CV Setup
7:30 Drum seq
8:30 Melodic seq
11:10 Advanced seq
13:00 Arpeggiator
14:15 Chords
14:50 Mod lanes
15:20 Performance
15:35 Mutes
15:50 Playback modes
17:00 Step loops
17:35 Swing
18:05 Fill
19:10 Global settings
20:00 Pros & cons
23:00 Outro

16 thoughts on “Korg SQ-64 In-Depth Review & Demo

  1. I am waiting for the time when we get a sequencer that is hardware that offers us what cubase 2.5 was like. MIDI only but a decent screen.
    I think this a step in the right direction but step sequencers are so limited.
    It is good to see the hardware sequencer market developing. I am still yet to be convinced by any of them for now!

  2. Still waiting on when Korg will either confirm or deny the ARP 2600 Mini is a real thing!! That’s what I’m waiting for.

  3. Wonder why they are always that stingy in regards of number of tracks and steps. The stoneage Yamaha QYxx’s
    offer more (got some from Ebay for small change)

    1. This and the Beatstep Pro are designed so that everything is pretty much visible and immediately accessible, no menu diving.

      Older sequencers were very deep, but they were also very deep.

      1. I agree, it’s made for modern pattern live tweaking oriented music with repeating measures. Maybe the limitations force creativity. Chain mode would be nice, though:) Stay safe!

        1. I only skimmed through the video but I feel like there was mention of pattern chaining. Might be wishful remembering on my part though.

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