MATRIXSYNTH: Black Panel Doepfer MAQ 16/3 Sequencer

Monday, June 22, 2020

Black Panel Doepfer MAQ 16/3 Sequencer

via this auction

"Fans of vintage analog sequencers will be glad of the MAQ16/3. It combines the creative potential of an analog sequencer with the advantages of MIDI. MAQ16/3 outputs the sequencing data both as control voltages (CV) and as MIDI events. MIDI Out of the MAQ may be connected to MIDI In of any sound generating MIDI device (Expander, Sampler, Synthesizer) or to a sequencer recording the MAQ data. Additionally 3 Control Voltage and Gate outputs are available for controlling vintage synthesizer equipment (e.g. the A-100 Analog Modular System). The main feature of the MAQ is the real time access to the sequence via 48 rotary potentiometers grouped in 3 rows of 16 dials each. All important parameters like first/last step, MIDI event type, MIDI channel, forward/ backward/ random/ pendulum mode, gate time, tempo and so on are independently assigned to each row and can be changed in real time while the sequence is running. This enables very complex sequences. The rows may not only be used for generating note events but also other important MIDI events or for controlling the length of time for each step. Of course the MAQ allows the synchronisation via MIDI Clock, Start and Stop either as master or as slave.

MIDI Sequencer featuring analog inputs
designed in cooperation with the German band KRAFTWERK
used by famous musicians like Kraftwerk, Human League, Jean-Michel Jarre
3 rows of 16 dials and LEDs each
grey 19-inch rack-mount unit (4 height units), design fits withs A-100 and MS-404
Assignable MIDI-Events and MIDI-Channels for the 3 rows:
Note On/Off
Controller 0-19, 64-74, 84, Pitchbend, Aftertouch mono and poly
Program Change (for dynamic sound change)
MIDI channel of another row (for dynamic sound change)
Transposition of another row
Gate time (length of time for this column)
First/last step of each row can be limited by user
MIDI channel of each row selectable
Different modes for each row: Forward/Backwards/Pendulum/ Random
Different timings for each row (synchronized by MIDI-Clock)
Transposition via incoming note on events possible
Muting of single steps and complete row possible via incoming MIDI-Program-change and note events
External Synchronisation (via MIDI-Start/Stop/Clock-In) or
Internal Synchronisation (sends MIDI-Start/Stop/Clock-Out)
32 Sequence memories (Presets) in of non-volatile memory
full editing capabilty of all preset parameters
Remote control of important parameters (first/last step, mode, event type, mute step, mute row and so on) via MIDI-Program-change and Note events (no Sy-Ex necessary)
3-digit, 7-segment display
Operation via 8 buttons with LEDs
Alpha-dial for rapid input of all parameters
3 CV and Gate outputs (3.5 mm jack sockets on rear panel):
CV outputs: 1V/Octave (0...+5V)
Gate outputs: 0/+10V (voltage trigger, not switched-trigger, modification for switched-trigger upon request)
dimensions: 480 x 177 x 110 mm (19" /4 HU), weight: 3 kg
230V power supply (external) included
for other mains voltages the power supply must be purchased by the customer in his country (7...12V DC / 350mA required)"

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