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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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matt a professional user from uk writes:
Awesome sequencer.I bought one to try the akai note repeat mode and wow ..........after writing with atari and cubase sx for over 10 years i was blown away at the results - it just gives a differnt slant on sequencing , spontaneous and fluid . . . for idm and electronic which i do its amazing . . .my guess is the mpc are just as good but i liked the fact i could use this as a dedicated unit to trigger external mods though i know an mpc can do that.Built like a tank and really - this is a classic unusual quirkly and fun studio gadget . . . the stuff that comes out of this i cant do with anything else . . . note repeat makes stuff sing . . . you simply cant get the same result without one ! that says it all . . .

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-25-2005 at 16:44
Ron a part-time user from London writes:
The ASQ10 is a brilliant sequencer. Its so simple to use and still matches todays hardware sequencers. Its like working with a 99 track studio! Only problem is storage, there's only a floppy disk for storage with no SCSI option. HANG ON!!, Who wants the complex SCSI option, a simple floppy does the job! If you see one second hand and you are looking for great value for money then the ASQ10 is for you! Most hardware sequencers these days like the MPC4000 from Akai is very complex and software updates are sometimes needed. If your looking for a cheap hardware sequencer then get the ASQ10.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-28-2004 at 15:50
DreamSequence a part-time user writes:
An earlier review says that this is only a 16 channel sequencer. My manual says that but the unit itself has 64 midi channels spread over the four outs. So I guess this feature depends on the OS chips you have (I have 2.07). Upgrade!

I've used the MPC 2000, RM1X, QY70/100, EX7, Kawai q-80, and ensoniq esq-1 sequencers, and this is easily the best of all of them. When Roger Linn does a new version with the same sequencer feel and timing, the same bullit-proof construction, the same smpte/MTC sync options, a bank of real-time buttons and knobs assignable to sequencer control and midi messages, on-board or card memory (no moving parts), and a display that won't fade (vacuum led perhaps?), I'll upgrade. Until then...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-09-2003 at 14:53
Jonathan Sumpton/Asher a professional user from Norway / UK writes:
I've had an ASq10 since 1989 and also own a Yamaha QY10 (no sniggering at the back), a Yamaha QY300 and a few laptops which have run various sequencing packages over the years from Windows 3.11 up to Windows ME.

My experiences programming MIDI on a PC have been a pain in the arse. The Akai works just like a tape recorder. It's a doddle to use. The QY300 has it's uses but on the whole doesn't beg me to work with it. The QY10's a bit of a laugh. One of the best PC sequencing packages is the Procyon Pro software you get with the Goldstar GS100R (seems to be a clone of a Roland Sound Canvas). This is the PC package least likely to crash and muck you about with lousy timing in my experience. I have a couple of PC to MIDI converters which basically work but the Roland based serial port connection to Sound Canvases seems a much better option.

For a stand a lone sequencer, the ASQ10 or any of the later compatible versions is great. Yeah, the display gets dark but, after using one for 14 years, I still love it. Just wish it was a bit smaller.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-23-2003 at 23:04
pudie a professional user from england writes:
I would apprecite if anybody could tell me where to get a mains lead for the ASQ10.It's an unusual 2 pinned socket not unlike a standard euro socket but without the earth pin.Tried lots of places but to no avail...cheers...great bit of kit by the way.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-14-2002 at 08:01
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