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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by dryjoy » Sat May 29, 2021 8:25 am

I had problems with my first set of MIDI cables, which were sold as Type A, but didn’t work. Bought some more from a specialist music supplier, and it’s fine. When I went to leave a bad review of the first cables a few weeks after I’d ordered them from Amazon, I noticed the description had changed, so they were then billed only as DIN to jack audio cables. At least one other product I looked at seemed to have had a similar situation according to the reviews, so perhaps this is quite common.

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by joeSeggiola » Sat May 29, 2021 9:13 am

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When I went to leave a bad review of the first cables a few weeks after I’d ordered them from Amazon, I noticed the description had changed, so they were then billed only as DIN to jack audio cables.
Probably it's someone re-selling or drop shipping from Alibaba or something like that. Not much time ago I searched for MIDI DIN to TRS on AliExpress, and there were like tons of adapters and cables with vague descriptions, and the few that have a schematic in the pictures gallery got the wiring completely wrong.

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by u0421793 » Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:52 am

I don’t have an SQ-64 but looking through the manual I’m surprised it also isn’t a box of LFOs – it would have been quite useful and fairly easy for Korg to include a little handful of high quality digital LFOs in there, free running or synced, standalone or superimposed or intermodulatable.

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by joeSeggiola » Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:22 am

u0421793 wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:52 am
I don’t have an SQ-64 but looking through the manual I’m surprised it also isn’t a box of LFOs – it would have been quite useful and fairly easy for Korg to include a little handful of high quality digital LFOs in there, free running or synced, standalone or superimposed or intermodulatable.
Nice idea, they should use the MOD lane for that, since it already has its own CV output and it's already freely assignable to MIDI CC. The only thing missing is the firmware option to setup an LFO there instead of single values per step. I mean, this is probably doable in software without hardware changes. It'd be great to have, but I'm starting losing hope in new features implemented in firmware updates...

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by Ishkash » Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:30 am

u0421793 wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:52 am
I don’t have an SQ-64 but looking through the manual I’m surprised it also isn’t a box of LFOs – it would have been quite useful and fairly easy for Korg to include a little handful of high quality digital LFOs in there, free running or synced, standalone or superimposed or intermodulatable.
Totally agree. This definitely seems the sort of thing that could be added in firmware (to me at least), so let's keep our fingers crossed.

On the other hand...I haven't dived into this yet, but with slew between mod steps (so as to prevent audible aliasing, and which I think you can already do), one ought to be able to create something close to an LFO shape of choice, no?

I'll have to dig into that tonight and see what's what.
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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by joeSeggiola » Fri Jun 04, 2021 2:00 pm

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but with slew between mod steps (so as to prevent audible aliasing, and which I think you can already do), one ought to be able to create something close to an LFO shape of choice, no?
Yes, right. But it'll be tedious to enter steps individually, and cycle length will always be tied to the sequence length anyway. Source: I did it.

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by User448650 » Sun Jun 06, 2021 7:41 am

this could be the perfect sequencer for me,i'm willing to get one but waiting for an automatic quantization feature and indipendent drum tracks lenght,i think these 2 are very essential functions for a sequencer like this,please Korg release an update with these implementations and makes the sq-64 a real no brainer for everyone!

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by DumbleDor » Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:43 am

Korg's Updates are Dismal No Editor still ?

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by Ishkash » Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:03 pm

I really do believe Korg will fill out the SQ-64 over time. But I won't hold my breath on it. At the very least I wouldn't be surprised to see the next major update around Christmas time, when they will surely be looking to move many units. Also, I may be wrong, but I get the sense they may be developing a unified software editor for all of their Mac/PC products (again, I don't know if this already exists). That would be a much larger dev project than a standalone SQ-64 editor. Just some speculations.

If a few years passes and this product is in essentially the same state that it is now...I will likely sell it on. But my guess is that they will start to add killer features over (a reasonable period of) time. Well, a fella can hope.

For the time being, I freaking love it.
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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by Luap » Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:31 am

DumbleDor wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:43 am
Korg's Updates are Dismal No Editor still ?
Welcome to ModWiggler, a Modular Synthesiser forum. It isn't the Korg complaints department.

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by User448650 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:39 pm

at the end i decided to pull the trigger and order one.Will share my experience in the next few days,for the moment i do think that korg will implement other functions over time,would be cool to see LFO's and enevelopes implemented and not just real time quantization and drum tracks odd lenght and so on.
Sorry i was not complaining about korg,i just read the entire post and my comment was my first tought in that moment.looking fwd to try it and share my experience with all of you :D

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by behndy » Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:46 pm

got mines in. will be a few days before i get some time in, i just got the Erica Drum and Black Sequencers, having a blast with them right now.

first impression is how surprisingly TINY it is. and heavy.

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by User448650 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:24 pm

yeah those Erica's sequencers are absolutely dope stuff indeed,but a little expensive and huges in hp,the sq-64 looks like a good compromise btw the two with 8 gates out and 3 melodic tracks and of course polyphony,they both have midi but i just want to use it with my modular,at least it's my actual plan that of course can change with time.I like the form factor,i see it is very tiny compared to the bs pro (which i own) and looks like it is built really like a tank,same style of the sq-1 which i love to death.I have one question,it is possible to have precise increment of,say,1 volt on the drum gates out starting from 1 to 10 volts? or it is like just 5 or 10v are selectable? how do you like it for sequencing modular stuff?

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by behndy » Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:42 pm

just got it in, haven't used it yet.

i'm actually going to use mine with hardware synths, mostly a Vector, EssenceFM and Nord Drum2.
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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by User448650 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:58 pm

ok will discover it myself on my unit when it arrives and eventually reporting,but i think it will be more 2 settings for the gates out,5 or 10v.
That Vector synth looks and sounds gorgeous,will be a lot of fun using those stochastic and random functions on it...

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Post by behndy » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:00 pm

yeppers! the Stochastic functions are why i didn't cancel my order.

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by Ishkash » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:42 pm

Glad this is really starting to roll out to the masses, i.e. many of the Wigglers here.

I've found one limitation I don't quite appreciate. Wondering if anyone else has thoughts on this:

Pattern chain mode doesn't stay in pattern chain mode if you're not...in pattern chain mode.

So if you have a series of patterns that you want to consistently trigger in the same order, while jamming out on real-time parameters...you can't as soon as you press SHIFT to switch back out of the SHIFT+PATTERN "menu". It simply starts looping the currently selected patterns. Which is sucky for when you have musical passages exceeding 64 steps (a solo, for example!).

I don't see anything in the manual on this, and I haven't found a way around it. Perhaps it's an intentional design limitation by Korg, and I can at least try to accept that. But it ought to be a feature IMO.

And if you have a solution, you are my favorite person for at least 24 hours.
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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by badboy10000000 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:55 pm

Anyone else having any issues with probability per step? I have a very simple sequence on a Sub-D track right now, 16 steps, 2 are active, one is at 100% prob and the other is at 5%. The 5% step is triggering 2 loops in a row out of every 4 loops. Using 8th inch trigger output to modular. I remedied it by using the gate output of an unused sequence. I got expected probability behavior after that. But now I'm wondering if the drum track has some probability breaking bug. That combined with sub-D tracks all being the same length makes this a pretty lacking drum sequencer imo but im enjoying using it in tandem with my BSP.

Anyone experience anything similar or have an idea of some settings i goofed up or something?

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by Ishkash » Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:29 pm

badboy10000000 wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:55 pm
Anyone else having any issues with probability per step? I have a very simple sequence on a Sub-D track right now, 16 steps, 2 are active, one is at 100% prob and the other is at 5%. The 5% step is triggering 2 loops in a row out of every 4 loops. Using 8th inch trigger output to modular. I remedied it by using the gate output of an unused sequence. I got expected probability behavior after that. But now I'm wondering if the drum track has some probability breaking bug. That combined with sub-D tracks all being the same length makes this a pretty lacking drum sequencer imo but im enjoying using it in tandem with my BSP.

Anyone experience anything similar or have an idea of some settings i goofed up or something?
Yes, I too have noticed that something's wrong with the probability algorithm, and I can in some way +1 your experience, in my case having probability at something like 10% at a given step, and having nothing like the 10% triggering you'd expect, in addition to sketchy events you'd never reasonably expect at 10% probability such as multiple triggers in a row, repeatedly. I've had good results switching between 100% and 50%, but particularly in the lower half of percentages, something seems way off.
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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by DumbleDor » Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:41 pm

Korg's Updates are Dismal No Editor still ?

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by Ishkash » Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:48 pm

DumbleDor wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:41 pm
Korg's Updates are Dismal No Editor still ?
Uh, yeah, you said that already. We know. It's a tragedy.

What's this guy's deal?
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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by DumbleDor » Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:57 am

What Deal ? The Deal was to get what we are paying for! Korg Stated Editor in the Deal also there are issues with Slow firmware Updates if at all!

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by computer controlled » Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:22 am

Got mine the other day, really nice unit. Well built, very solid. Slightly smaller than i thought it would be, but not so small that it's difficult to work with. It's really good for creating evolving drum tracks with probability on certain steps using a rather simple 64 step sequence. One thing i did notice though is that after setting up the drum track "pads" to trigger Ableton's Drum Rack is that even though i set the MIDI note numbers the same, the MIDI from the SQ is hitting Ableton an octave lower. So i had to set the notes an octave higher in the SQ to match Drum Racks. Anyone else notice this?

Also, this thing basically just came out, why expect updates so fast?
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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by Luap » Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:24 am

DumbleDor wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:57 am
What Deal ? The Deal was to get what we are paying for! Korg Stated Editor in the Deal also there are issues with Slow firmware Updates if at all!
Repeatedly copying and pasting the same comments in the same thread achieves what exactly?

If you are that displeased with it, return it and quit whinging.

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Re: Korg SQ-64

Post by DumbleDor » Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:29 am

If Repteating the same thing gets Korg to act is a Major Victory!

If you give up you lose!

Don't you want what was stated on their site to be Given to the end user ?

Are you going to wait another Year ? or will you sell now ?

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