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Recommend a good (cheapish) poly sequencer

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I really wanted a Beatstep Pro but it’s monophonic

The SQ64 looks difficult to navigate and doesn’t seem to be getting good reviews

The Keystep Pro has what I’m looking for but is way too big

Polyend Play is pricier than what I’d like to spend

Any other recommendations?


This is mainly to put together a live set (although I wouldn’t mind it assuming some of Logic’s sequencing duties in the studio).
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Squarp Pyramid.

Akai MPC? One or live or live 2. Could also use an older model
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Budget being a consideration:

iPad with midi out adapter (spend extra for an add-on for a midi-cv kensington)

Some truly incredible poly sequencers in the app store, often $30 or less. Easy to gig with, if something damages the iPad, easy to replace.
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Nelson Baboon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:37 pm what's cheap? what features do you want?
I like features of the Keystep Pro. Two poly seqs with a drum track fits my needs. The MIDI out would help me get longer patterns from my Volcas for my live synth setup. The drum trigger outs would be a perfect pair for the Bitbox in my modular rig.

I’ve worked with Arturia products in the past and find them to be intuitive. The SQ64 seems to tick my boxes but I’m put off by negative reviews. Does anyone have personal experience with that machine?

Under $500 fits my budget
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booger wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 5:29 am Under $500 fits my budget
Used Digitakt? Base-model iPad with various sequencing apps and a USB to MIDI cable?
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Does Digitakt support polyphonic MIDI sequencing?
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Circuit?
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M1 iPad Air + drambo
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I'd get a used Squarp Pyramid.
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if you have eurorack, the SDS digital Sequarallel fits your needs and wishes and (much) more
-apart from that, it is only 260US$

http://www.freshnelly.com/sequarallel/sequarallel.htm
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booger wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 11:07 am Does Digitakt support polyphonic MIDI sequencing?
Yes but limited to 3 or 4 note polyphony from recall. When you program per step, there's a little keybed on screen where you can see which keys are part of your poly programming. You twiddle the knobs to spread the 4 notes. Good for chord stabs and pads but not for complex playing.

I haven't tried programming it from live midi keybed playing.
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booger wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 11:07 am Does Digitakt support polyphonic MIDI sequencing?
Yup.
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Given that you're already in the world of KORG, how about an Electribe 2?

It is polyphonic enough for driving volcas, it matches your budget, it's a nicely solid little device with cool features such as direct entry when you want your own off-grid rhythm, you can sync with your volcas, you can chain patterns, you can create and perform whole tracks on it.
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So, I ended up buying a RD6, which satisfies the need for triggers on my modular setup. It doesn’t have all the trigs to take full advantage of the Bitbox but it is enough to set a tempo and reset my Tempi. (I’ll just have to use the toggle function for the BB parts.)

I wanted a poly sequencer to play chord progressions longer than 16 steps on the Keys. I’ll probably just write the patterns on my Microfreak and record them on to the Keys in flux mode. It’s not perfect but should suffice for what I’m doing. I may get a Model Cycles and use the chord machine to replace what I’m doing with the Keys, but that’s a thought for tomorrow.

Thanks for all of the advice!
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a perfect example of why someone should do extensive research on their own rather than throwing out a general question here. not that people mind helping, but usually the questions are posted very generally. Of all the options mentioned here, i would lean towards a used elektron (octatrack v1 over digitakt) or pyramid, but the work flow and ui are just so different.
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