How To Set Up & Make A Beat With The Korg SQ-64 & Volca Sample

Korg SQ-64

In our latest YouTube video, we show you how to program a beat using the Korg SQ-64 – Korg’s polyphonic hardware sequencer, hooked up to a volca sample.

After nine years, (yup!) publishing to Attack Magazine, avid readers may have noticed a push to publish more YouTube video content. A text review is great, and we’re not stopping those, but we are adding in videos also.

In this latest upload, we show you how to set up and make a beat with Korg’s SQ-64. If you have not already you can read our review of the SQ-64 from last year.

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How does it stack up with the competition?

At around £220, the SQ-64 is affordable broadly speaking.

The Arturia Beatstep Pro, at £165, is the closest competition and does include an adapter. Korg’s own SQ-1 is only £70 but is rather limited, function-wise. There is also the Akai MPK mini mk3 at £90 which is a well loved upgrade on the mk2 but at that price point its feature set is limited. For the price the SQ-64 is great with polyrhythms, ease of use with a modular rig, highly portable and hell it just looks great!

If you don’t already own a hardware sequencer, Korg’s SQ-64 should be high on your list of options. It’s relatively affordable, fun to use, and looks dead cool. It can also function as a controller in its own right as well as convert MIDI to CV for modular gear and vintage synths. It also plays nice with just about anything.

Freebies

The SQ-64 comes with a wide range of music software from Izotope including “Ozone Elements”, “Skoove” which will help you improve your keyboard playing skills, “Reason Lite” DAW software, as well as software synths from Korg and other brands.

Features

Sequencer: 64 step sequencer with 3 melodic tracks with up to 8 note polyphony, and 16 monophonic rhythmic tracks

Tempo: BPM30.0 – 300.0

Connections:

Inputs:

  • MIDI IN connector (φ3.5mm stereo mini-phone jack, use a type-A MIDI converter cable)
  • SYNC IN jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 20V maximum input level)

Outputs:

  • MIDI OUT1, 2 connector (φ3.5mm stereo mini-phone jack, use a type-A MIDI converter cable)
  • SYNC OUT jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 10V maximum input level)
  • CV GATE output A/B/C jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 10V maximum output level)
  • CV PITCH output A/B/C jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 10V maximum output level)
  • CV MOD output A/B/C jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 10V maximum output level)
  • TRIG output 1~8 jack (φ3.5mm monaural mini-phone jack, 10V maximum output level)

Power: USB bus power, or DC 9V AC Adapter ([- o +], separately sold)

Dimensions: W x D x H): 341 x 119 x 39 mm / 13.42 x 4.68 x 1.53 inches

Weight: 1.0 kg / 2.20 lbs

Included items: Owner’s Manual, USB cable

Accessories (separately sold): KA350 AC Adaptor, Patch cables MS-CABLE-YL

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