Reliq Instruments has shared a sneak preview of Reliq, a new grid-based sequencer, mixer and controller that they describe as “The World’s First Hybrid Control Surface”.
Reliq is designed to let you route, sequence and control all of your music production gear:
- Route and Mix 16×16 Analog Signals
- Sequence Analog Signal Routings in Musical Time
- Sequence 16 Tracks with 32 CVs, 3 MIDI Outs and USB.
- Get Physical Control of your DAW and Software Instruments
- Sync With your DAW with a Dedicated Plugin
- Analog Matrix-Mixer Lets You Route, Mix, Store And Sequence Eurorack And Signal Patches
- Connect any Input to any Output with just the Press of a Button
- Store and Recall Signal Routings in Real-Time Without any Sound Interruptions
- Sequence Patches in Musical Tempo for a vast Music Exploration Experience.
- ‘State-Of-The-Art’ Sequencer
- 16 Polyphonic Sequencers
- Euclidian Mode
- Polyrythms / Polymeters
- Stochastic Modes
- 8 Voice Polyphony per Track
- High-Resolution Recording
- MPE Compatibility
- Real Time Parameters Recording
- Melody/Pattern Generation
- LFO & Envelope per track
- Real-Time Midi Effects
- 128 Patterns per Track
- A Modulation Factory
- Draw Your Modulation: Automations, LFOs And Envelopes At Your Fingertips!
- Advanced CC Modulation,
- MPE Modulation
- LFOs, and Envelopes per Track
- Custom Modulation Waveforms
- A Fully-Integrated DAW Controller
- Trigger Loops and Clips From your DAW
- Control Mixers and Software Instruments
- Arrange Clips and Record from Hardware
- Synchronize and Control Reliq From your DAW with a Dedicated Plug-in
- Full Range Of I/O
- 3 x MIDI outs,
- 1 x MIDI IN
- 1 x USB-C MIDI
- 1 x USB HOST port
- 16 x gates ( 5~10V)
- 32 x CV outs (+/-5V ~ +/-10V)
- 1 x Reset out
- 1 x Clock out
Reliq’s connectivity is via a breakout box that offers 32 CV outs, 16 Gates and 16×16 Matrix I/O. It can be powered directly from Reliq via USB-C or via Eurorack power supply with a standard connector
Reliq’s breakout can stay at any corner of your studio or in your Eurorack case, for staying always patched.
Pricing and Availability:
Reliq will be available to pre-order for $1099 (normally $1699). Details on availability are still to be announced.
19 thoughts on “Reliq Matrix Mixer, Sequencer & DAW Controller (Sneak Preview)”
can you turn the color off and still use it?
Asking the important questions.
Emdee, please engage your brain before commenting.
when someone is color blind and *might* buy something – that *is* the most important question. that you for your ‘thoughts’ on the matter though.
Years ago, I worked on a similar concept (digital patch points and matrix) and after trying both colour and number matching, we opted for a number methodology. Hopefully, that is something that he will consider implementing as an option.
Ah. I hadn’t considered that. Is it harder to view than if they were just monochrome or do some colours just not show?
I sympathize with anyone who has individual limitations and think accessibility should be implemented wherever possible. But colorblindness affects a very small part of the population. Broken down to the potential buyers of such a niche product, we are talking about a few dozen people for whom use may become a problem. Color codes work just fine for everyone else, so I get why manufacturers use them so commonly.
yeah lazy designers are cheaper too. it’s not like that things a COMPUTER or anything programmable.
1 in 12 men are colorblind.
You may want to rethink your comment.
where did you get this stat ???
The US National Eye Institute mentions that 1 in 12 prevalence on their website (https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/color-blindness). I’m not color blind myself, but I have cited that statistic to designers a few times trying to encourage them to take accessibility into account.
But only a small fraction of those 1 out of 12 are truly and fully colorblind. Most of them have milder forms of the condition that will not be an issue when using a device like this, especially when it utilizes numbers and lines in addition to colors to visualize connections. I have seen a man without legs and arms play a synthesizer with a stick attached to his head. If colorblindness keeps anyone from making music, they are not trying hard enough.
I sympathize with people who have limitations, but f*ck the people with limitations because there aren’t enough of them for me to care.
something like this was inevitable, honestly i thought it would have been done by now already
I dont want to comment on colourblindnes etc… but I think that many machines are not very well thought for live situations, i.e. where the visibility is low. It would be good to see machines with bigger lettering and in fluorescent ink.
Color options aside, this is a very exciting device. I own both a deluge and a hapax but neither have really hit the sweet spot for this form factor perfectly. The hapax is very close because it can handle so many midi channels and has great generative functionality. The dual-project thing is very cool, although I have yet to really utilize it in a live context (too much to think about during a set already lol).
The matrix mixing on the reliq seems like it could be a game changer for organizing/sequencing patches over a long set and I’m very excited to try it out. The breakout box is genius and I wish more products would take that approach with eurorack integration.
The thing I’m curious about with the reliq is a velocity sensitive/aftertouch pad surface. It’s unlikely, but it would be amazing. I’m also curious about the overall feel… build quality, button feel, accuracy of quick button presses and encoders, etc. The deluge had a great feel to it, but I haven’t been as impressed with the hapax in that regard.
My Sequentix Cirklon is excellent, especially for MIDI. In fact there’s so many features, it takes a while to learn them, and then figure out how to use them creatively. Reliq looks amazing, with many features that would compliment and contrast with Cirklon, Reliq, Squarp Hapax and Pyramid now offer have Euclidian modes, which I don’t understand, though sound intriguing. Not sure if I will get a Reliq, though if there’s a short first production run, it could be a good idea to reserve one.
Another though: No song mode, no scenes. Listening to EMOM sets on Sonic State confirms sequenced Euro Rack creates repetitive sounds, which obviously is exciting for the performer – less so for audience! I remember my first creations on a Roland Groovebox!
While it certainly isn’t cheap, it appears to, at least on paper, be a pretty endgame solution for my use case (and possibly lots of folks in a similar position).
That said, given its complexity I would probably not be an early adopter. (Though they’re doing a good job incentivizing early adopters with that price drop).
Looks dope as hell. Going to keep an eye on this one.