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Postby Andy Cobley » Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:22 pm

I see there is a review of Korg’s SQ-64 on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BobWThW5IV4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2z82iLJMxgG6U_3lYNs_23SStwmBG5-6XJtBVTcbylssYcaNWb3ssFrqU

Looks interesting. Have the SOS guys got their hands on one?

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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby Dave B » Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:43 pm

Yes, noticed that earlier and was interested. Looks a nice bit of kit and at 299 might well be a pocket money splurge... :)
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby Eddy Deegan » Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:08 pm

I saw it earlier too, and yes it does look fun and at the price I can definitely see myself getting one for kicks. The Squarp Pyramid is a lovely thing but it's a little 'deeper' in operation and do like the immediacy of the SQ-64.

I can see it being very useful for spontaneous jams and the price is attractive.

Edit: I've lodged a request with my usual provider so I'll grab one as soon as they get them in.

Edit2: Pre-ordered. ETA is end of January :angel:
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby Dave B » Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:50 pm

I think that you'll find most stuff being announced now is destined to hit these shores at the end of Jan.

Assuming there are any music shops left still in business ... :(
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby Eddy Deegan » Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:13 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote: Pre-ordered. ETA is end of January :angel:

Arrived this morning - looking forward to having a little play with it over the weekend. If you want to drive conventional MIDI gear with it note that they don't include the MIDI TRS Type-A breakout cables (it supports two MIDI OUTs and one IN via 3.5mm sockets) but I'll make up some of my own and I'll be using it initially to drive the Moog rack over CV/Gate anyway.

It's a very well built little device and reassuringly heavy :-)
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby The Elf » Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:26 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote:If you want to drive conventional MIDI gear with it note that they don't include the MIDI TRS Type-A breakout cables
:madas: :evil: :madas: :evil:

Looks a fascinating device, sort of reminiscent of the Deluge, which is fantastic, but very demanding in the commands one has to learn. I can imagine this being similar - it will reward the work put in to tame it.

Come back with a report ASAP!! :thumbup:
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby Ben Asaro » Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:59 pm

Can this be battery powered?
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby desmond » Sat Feb 13, 2021 2:08 pm

A quick glance at the product spec page says:

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

So no, it needs an external power source.
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby Ben Asaro » Sat Feb 13, 2021 2:10 pm

Thanks, desmond. That’s a shame as this could make a nice centerpiece for gigging. I was thrown by the ‘just throw it in your back pack’ comment in the video, but as-is, less interested.
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby Agharta » Sat Feb 13, 2021 2:17 pm

desmond wrote:A quick glance at the product spec page says:
"USB bus power, or DC 9V AC Adapter ([- o +], separately sold)"
So no, it needs an external power source.
These days, when someone asks about battery power I wonder if they are referring to using an external USB battery pack!
I wonder whether devices that can be powered via a USB connection to a PC can typically be charged using a USB battery pack?
That would be very handy and would also mean you could use a USB wall charger.
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby Ben Asaro » Sat Feb 13, 2021 2:24 pm

Interesting point, I wonder that as well. Regardless, as it needs an external power supply it doesn't have enough going for it to supplant my BeatStep Pro in my particular use case. (The Deluge is another matter, and one that I've started poking around the edges looking at, thanks to Elf lol)
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby Dave B » Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:35 pm

Ben, I notice that the new Novation Circuit Track is battery powered, with a usb-c connector which powers/charges the battery. And it does seem to be quite an interesting box in itself as well ...
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:36 am

The Elf wrote:Come back with a report ASAP!! :thumbup:

I've skived off the plasterboarding upstairs today and spent a joyous few hours with the SQ-64 and the Moog stack. Just fired up the modular as well because some things just have to be done and I've got spare capacity on the Korg to do them.

A new, rather pleasing, groove has emerged from the session and I'm gonna go dive right back in. Summary so far: I like it a lot. Even though the manual is rubbish :)

I'm going to do a proper user review of it soon. A couple of minor short term frustrations have been the manual, and me being stupid. It's not 100% intuitive but enlightenment seems never far away and right now I'm having a blast with it.
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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby The Elf » Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:18 pm

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Re: Korg’s SQ-64

Postby Ben Asaro » Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:52 pm

Dave B wrote:Ben, I notice that the new Novation Circuit Track is battery powered, with a usb-c connector which powers/charges the battery. And it does seem to be quite an interesting box in itself as well ...
I saw that, and it looks interesting! When you stack up features:Dollar, however, the Deluge starts looking more and more like an actual bargain; it packs an INSANE mount of value in there for the price. Fortunately, I have the luxury of time since no one is going anywhere in the foreseeable future! :D
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