August 14, 2022

Busy circuits ASQ-1

Supply: Busy Chains

Busy circuits ASQ-1

Busy circuits ASQ-1

Supply: Busy Chains

One of the vital fascinating issues we have seen on Superbooth, the ASQ-1 is a SH-101-style two-channel sequencer and 4-track basic drum machine with clicky keys and playful intent. Is simplicity the important thing to modular sequencing?


Busy Circuits means that modular sequencers could be a little overwhelmed with options and performance, and I are inclined to agree. Deep sequencers are definitely highly effective and wonderful, however typically you want one thing sooner, extra enjoyable and lighter. ASQ-1 could be all of that.

You will have two CV and Gate channels for pumping out melodies or modulations. The sequencing is modeled after the Roland SH-101 step sequencer, which implies you enter a sequence of notes on the keyboard, together with rests and hyperlinks, and you’ve got a sample able to go.

For the drum part, you might have 4 set off outputs which are programmed identical to any basic 808/909 drum machine. The keys turn into a sequence of steps that you simply allow or disable. All the pieces is so amazingly easy.

Busy circuits ASQ-1

Busy circuits ASQ-1

mechanical keys

The extremely clicky mechanical keys that make up the person interface are certain to catch the attention. They’re formed like a single octave keyboard, are shade coded and have LEDs to indicate energetic notes and step motion. With simply a few additional buttons for mode, transport and octave, navigation could not be simpler.

It has an inside quantizer that you could entry from the surface and an inside clock. Altering the BPM is a bit labor intensive, which might be why Busy Circuits recommends utilizing an exterior one. In fact, it is a nice alternative so as to add Pamela’s new exercise that enhances a few of the options of the ASQ-1.

Every sequence can have unbiased lengths and occasions, and you’ll mute/unmute sequencers on the fly. Template storage can be a knick-knack and you’ll backup through USB.

All in all, it is a brilliantly helpful sequencer, particularly for stay efficiency {hardware} that consumes an alarming quantity of HP to offer you a luxuriously accessible interface. Priced at £315, that is precisely what you want for a Eurorack multi-channel sequencer module.


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