Korg SQ-1

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Get ready for the ultimate music experience with Korg’s SQ-1 synthesizer, an intuitive instrument with endless possibilities for sound creation.



Korg’s SQ-1 is a popular step sequencer and synthesizer that is perfect for electronic music producers and performers. It was first introduced in 2014 and has since become a staple in many studios and live setups.

One of the standout features of the SQ-1 is its compact size. It is a small, portable device that can easily fit on a desk or in a backpack. It is extremely lightweight and can be powered by a USB cable or batteries. Despite its small size, the SQ-1 has a lot of power and functionality that makes it a great tool for creating music.

The SQ-1 is equipped with 2 channels, with each channel containing 16 steps. Each step can be programmed with a note, gate time, and trigger. It can also be used with external gear such as drum machines, synths, and samplers, making it an incredibly versatile tool.

One of the unique features of the SQ-1 is its ability to control modular synths and other analog gear through its CV/Gate output. This provides a lot of flexibility for those using modular systems or vintage gear in their setups.

In addition to its sequencing capabilities, the SQ-1 also has a built-in oscillator that can be used as a standalone synth. It has two waveform options (sawtooth and square wave) and can be controlled with the same sequencer as external gear. While it is not a full-featured synth, it is still a nice addition to the device’s functionality.

The SQ-1 can be synced to a variety of devices using MIDI, USB, or clock signals, making it easy to integrate into any setup. It also has a wide range of tempo settings, from 30 BPM to 300 BPM, and can be set to play forward, backward, or in a random order.

In conclusion, the Korg SQ-1 is a versatile and powerful tool for electronic music production and live performances. Its compact size, sequencing capabilities, and ability to control external gear make it an excellent addition to any studio or live rig. And with its affordable price, it is also an excellent entry point for those new to sequencing and synthesis.

Korg SQ-1 properties

Product name SQ-1
Brand Korg
Type Keyboard Instruments
Keyboard Instrument Synthesizer
Keys Yes
Number of Keys 21 pcs
Key Functions Aftertouch
Drawbars/Sliders No
Pads Yes
Rotary Controls No
Modulation Wheel No
Pre-Programmed Rythmes No
Pre-Programmed Songs No
Pre-Programmed Sounds No
Pre-Programmed Drumset No
Pre-Programmed Effects No
Portable No
Speakers No
Connections MIDI, USB
Colour Black
Power Supply Battery, USB

Additional information


Product type

Keyboard Instrument


Number of Keys

Key Functions



Rotary Controls

Modulation Wheel

Pre-Programmed Rythmes

Pre-Programmed Songs

Pre-Programmed Sounds

Pre-Programmed Drumset

Pre-Programmed Effects






Power Supply


1 review for Korg SQ-1

  1. Gary Carlson

    Very light instrument. Made of plastic, but of very high quality. The knobs work perfectly. Likewise buttons.

    The main advantage is the sound engines. Practically the same as in the legendary Montage and there are actually no weaknesses here. The interface requires a bit of practice. It’s not intuitive. However, it doesn’t take too long to master it.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How does the Korg SQ-1's multi-function performance switch enable real-time control over multiple parameters simultaneously?

The Korg SQ-1's multi-function performance switch is a versatile button that allows for real-time control over multiple parameters simultaneously. By default, this switch is assigned to the MODULATION function, which can be used to modulate various parameters in real time using an external MIDI source or the SQ-1's built-in sequencer. The switch also has additional functions that can be customized to suit the user's needs. For example, it can be assigned to control pitch bend, filter cutoff frequency, or other parameters in real time, allowing for expressive performances and dynamic sound manipulation. Furthermore, the multi-function performance switch can be used in combination with other controls on the SQ-1, such as the knobs and buttons, to create complex sequences and patterns. This feature makes the Korg SQ-1 a powerful tool for live performances, studio sessions, and compositions alike.

How does the Korg SQ-1's CV/Gate output function differ from traditional analog sequencers?

The Korg SQ-1's CV/Gate output function sets it apart from traditional analog sequencers in several ways. While traditional analog sequencers generate control voltages (CV) and gates for each step, the SQ-1 generates both CV and gate signals simultaneously per step. This allows for smoother and more precise modulation of parameters such as filter cutoff or oscillator pitch. Additionally, the SQ-1 provides quantized CV/Gate values, making it easy to integrate with digital gear while still maintaining the benefits of analog sequencing. Finally, the SQ-1's microprocessor-controlled design offers additional features such as pattern chaining and real-time recording of parameter changes for each step.