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.
So 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,