NEW: Kilpatrick Audio CARBON Hardware Step Sequencer

I’ve just seen this new hardware step sequencer from Kilpatrick Audio, known as the CARBON:

So here are its main features:

  • 6 track step sequencer and performance controller.
  • 8×8 grid of steps, totalling 64 steps.
  • Real-time step recording.
  • Polyphony on every track.
  • Arpeggiators on every track.
  • 4 CV gate outputs plus analog clock outputs.
  • Double MIDI out plus MIDI in.
  • USB powered.
  • Internal 2MB flash storage.
  • Can upload and download to and from PC.

Here is a demonstration video showing it in use:

The problem I have with this is that it doesn’t have its own sounds, so it can only be used to sequence other synths. This means that it would not be an ideal beginner instrument like the Novation Circuit Groovebox or the Electribe Sampler, which both come with plenty of built-in sounds.

CARBON+LiveSo if it’s not ideal for a beginner, who is it for? Surely any experienced electronic music producer would already have a DAW which can do all their sequencing. For producers wishing to do live sequencing, you might be better off with using a MIDI controller such as the Novation Launchkey along with Ableton Live.

Unless of course you are a beginner who happens to have just bought a synthesizer and would like a hardware sequencer to use with it. I don’t know really.

What do you think? Why not let me know in the comments section below.

All the best,


  1. Jason

    Well it sounds like a sequencer built for people who already have something else to connect to that has it’s own built in sound. How do you connect it up? It sounds ideal though if all you want to do is playback and record music. I don’t know why you would need built in sound unless you are doing that computer generated junk they play now. But if you are producing music from real instruments this should fit the bill, right? I enjoyed reading the review. It was well written.

    1. Marcus (Post author)

      No, you completely misunderstand what a sequencer actually is. You cannot use this to sequence “real” instruments. They need to be electronic instruments such as synthesizers and samplers, the kind of instruments that produce the “junk they play now”, as you call it. But synthesizers are real instruments, just modern real instruments.

  2. Marty

    Hi Marcus, Thanks for the review.
    I am a guitar player that plays several instruments. I make some rather crude demos by using Garageband on my Macbookpro. Unlike the Kilpatrick Sequencer, Garageband does offer many instrument patches.
    I mostly just track my own playing on my instruments.
    I enjoyed your presentation as I am trying to learn more about the electronic, affordable recording tools available.
    If you would please explain how a sequencer could benefit me? If you had a price listed I missed it.


    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Hi Marty,

      The price of the Kilpatrick Audio Carbon Sequencer is $699.00.

      A sequencer would benefit you by allowing you to program in other musical parts that you could play along to using your guitar. However, you would need a synthesizer that can be sequenced, as this sequencer does not come with its own built-in sounds.


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