The sequencer comparison chart

Last updated: 2003-01-20

Sequencer

Tracks

Patterns

Songs

Phrases

Mute

MIDI outs

Note memory

Screen size

Storage

Sync

Comment

Akai ASQ-10

99

99

20

No

No

4(64)

60 000

40 x 8

3.5" FD

MC SPP MTC SMPTE etc

Also: SCSI, 2 Foot switches inputs, metronome out, Internal HD (Optional?). Older firmware versions only have 16 Midi channes in total.

Alesis MMT-8

8

99

99

No

Yes

1

10 000

16 x 2

SysEx; Tape

MC SPP FSK

Click out, Start/Stop pedal input.

Brother PDC100 Pro

32

No

1

32

No

1

21 000

16 x 2

3.5" FD

MC

 

Doepfer MAQ16/3

3

32

None

No

By MIDI

1

N/A

3 x 1

None

MC

Step sequencer. Also has CV/Gate outs for control of analog synthesizers.

FutureRetro Mobius

1

256

16

No

No

1

N/A

4 x 1

None

MC

Step sequencer. Also has CV/Gate outs for control of analog synthesizers.

Kawai Q-30

1

4

No

No

No

1

6 500

None

None

 

No editing

Kawai Q-50

4

No

 

No

 

 

 

3 x 1

2.8" FD

 

No editing

Kawai Q-80

32

?

10

100

Yes

1

26 000

 

3.5" FD

MC SPP FSK

It is unclear whether the 'motifs' in these sequencers are pattern or phrases, they are possibly both. :-) The sequencers are primarily linear, but motifs may have pattern-like functionality. More info from current owners are welcome.

Kawai Q-80EX

32

?

10

1000

Yes

2

52 000

 

3.5" FD

MC SPP FSK

Kawai Q-80EXe

32

?

10

1000

Yes

2

100 000

 

3.5" FD

MC SPP FSK

Korg SQ-8

8

 

 

 

 

 

6 500

 

2.8" FD

 

 

Korg SQD-1

2

 

 

 

 

 

15 000

 

2.8" FD

 

 

Korg SQD-8

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

None

 

Limited editing

Latronic Notron

4

16

16

 

 

1

30 000

20 x 2

SysEx?

MC

Step sequencer aimed at live manipulation. More.

Roland MC-300 / MC-500

4 (1

No

 

No

No

2(16)

30 000

20 x 2

3.5" FD

 

The MC-300 is a cheaper version of the MC-500 with rubber buttons and cheaper case.

Roland MC-500 mkII

8 (1

No

 

No

Yes

2(16)

100 000

20 x 2

3.5" FD

 

 

Roland MC-50

8 (2

No

8

No

Yes

2(32)

40 000

20 x 2

3.5" FD

Smart(?) FSK

 

Roland MC-50 mkII

8 (2

 

8

 

Yes

 

40 000

20 x 2

3.5" FD

Smart FSK

Like MC-50 but with small improvements in editing and more sync options

Roland MC-80

16 (2

 

1

Yes

Yes

2(32)

118 000

320 x 80*

3.5" FD

MC MMC MTC

Also: Arpeggiator, Footswitch; Options: HD, ZIP, VE-GSPro

Roland
MSQ-700

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

None

DCB

 

Roland PR-100

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.5" FD

 

Limited editing

Yamaha QX1

8

No

 

 

 

8

80 000

 

5.25" FD

MC FSK

 

Yamaha QX3

16

No

 

Yes

Yes

 

48 000

40 x 2

3.5" FD

MC FSK

 

Yamaha QX5

8

No

1

32

 

 

15-20 000

16 x 2

Tape

MC FSK

 

Yamaha QX7 / QX21

2

 

 

 

 

 

6000-8100

 

 

MC

The QX21 is a cheaper version of the QX7.

Sequencer

Tracks

Patterns

Songs

Phrases

Mute

MIDI outs

Note memory

Screen size

Storage

Sync

Comment

Comments:
Tracks:
Some sequencers have non-note tracks for special data in addition to the standard tracks. The notes mean:
   1: A drum track for drum patterns
   2: A drum track for drum patterns and a tempo track
Phrases: Triggering of prerecorded sequences anywhere in song. Also called "Motifs" (Kawai), "Macros" (Yamaha), "RPS/Real Time Phrase Sequence" (Roland)
Mute: Mute and unmute several tracks simultaneously while running (good for live situations, requires dedicated or semi-dedicated mute buttons).
MIDI Outs: The number within the paranthesis is the total number of MIDI channels possible.
Screen size: Noted in charactes, except for where marked with *, where it is noted in pixels.
Sync: The abbreviations mean this:
   MC: MIDI Clock
   SPP: MIDI Clock with Song Position Pointer
   MMC: MIDI Machine Control
   MTC: MIDI Time Code
   DCB: Roland DIN sync
   FSK: Tape sync
   Smart FSK: Tape sync with song position pointer
   SMPTE: Hi-tech standardized tape sync.

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