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chronological list of VINTAGE midi sequencers
« on: December 02, 2015, 08:08:45 PM »

VINTAGE MIDI SEQUENCERS.
hardware + software...original sequencing solutions
yes this list, much like alot of the content on this site, is a work in progress, if u have information to add, please respond below + i will update the info accordingly!

sequentix cirklon multi-track hardware sequencer
2015 *keyboard* Roland JD-XI 4 track sequencer
2015 Engine Multitrack sequencer
2015 korg sq-1 step sequencer
2014 m-audio trigger finger pro
2011 Elektron Octatrack Sequencer/Sampler
2008 *keyboard*  Roland Fantom-G6 / Fantom-G7
2006 Roland Juno-G
2005 Yamaha Tenori-ON
2004 Roland Fantom-XA
2003 Sequentix P3 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2654
2001 Yamaha RS-7000 http://www.vintagesynth.com/yamaha/rs7000.php
2000 MAM SQ16 MIDI STEP SEQUENCER
2000 korg electribe es1 sequencer
2000 akai mpc 2000 XL sampler / sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2254.
1999 yamaha rm1x 16 track sequencer/sampler http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2150
1999 Roland MC80 16 track sequencer ? http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1340.0
1998 yamaha ex5 sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2218
1998 yamaha su700 42 track sequencer/sampler http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,4504
1998 MC-505 Groovebox http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2047
1997 yamaha qy70 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2375
1997 akai mpc 2000 sampler/sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,3939
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1996 Yamaha QY700 48 Track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1339.0
1996 *keyboard* Roland XP-80 sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1475
1996 Roland MC-303 Groovebox 8 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2014
1995 *keyboard* Roland XP-50 16 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2115
1995 Yamaha QY22  8-track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2155.0
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1994 *SOFTWARE* Logic v1.9 for Windows/IBM PC http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,1343
1994 yamaha qy300 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2159
1994 Akai MPC-3000 sampler / 99 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2255
1994 Yamaha Qy8 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2308.0 4 track
1994 *keyboard* Roland JV-90 Sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2300
1994 *keyboard* Roland JV-50 upgraded memory + Sequencer version of the JV-30 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2944
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1993 *keyboard* Ensoniq TS-12 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2482
1993 *keyboard* korg X3 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,1540
1993 Korg X3R 16 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2136
1993 *keyboard* Roland JV-1000 sequencer (seq based on Mc50MKII) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2330.
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1992 *keyboard* Yamaha SY85 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2179.0
1992 *keyboard* Roland JW-50 Sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2151
1992 Kawai Q55 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2296
1992 yamaha qy20 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2152
1992 MC-50mkII  8 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1342.0
1992 doepfer maq16/3  analog midi sequencer
1992 *SOFTWARE* Logic 2.0 for ATARI ST
1992 *SOFTWARE* Cubase 1.0 for Windows PC
1992 *SOFTWARE* PowerTracks Pro for DOS
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1991 Akai MPC-60MKII Sampler / 99 track Sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,4503
1991 Roland MT-120 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2526
1991 *keyboard* Korg 01/W 16 track Sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1468
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1990 Roland MV30 music production system http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2108
1990 Yamaha QY10 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2307
1990 *SOFTWARE* Cubase 1.0 for Macintosh (October)
1990 Roland MC-50 8 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2153.0
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1989 *SOFTWARE* Opcode Vision Sequencer (Macintosh)
1989 Yamaha TQ5 8 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2335.0
1989 *keyboard* Yamaha V50 8 track Sequencer
1989 *SOFTWARE* Cubase 1.0 for the ATARI ST (april)
1989 *keyboard* Roland W-30 Sampler / 16 track Sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2016
1989 *keyboard* Yamaha SY77 16 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,1427
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1988 Roland Mc-500MKII (SUPER-MRP) 8 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2304
1988 *keyboard*  Roland D20 Sequencer (9 track) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2177
1988 *keyboard* korg m1 (8 track sequencerhttp://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2178
1988 Akai MPC-60 Sampler / 99 track Sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,3144
1988 Kawai Q-80 32-track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2256.0
1988 Roland MC-300 4-track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2057.0
1988 Akai ASQ-10 99 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1317.0
1988 Roland MT-100 Digital 2 track Sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2239
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1987 Yamaha QX-21 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2595.0
1987 Alesis MMT8 8 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1560.0

1987 *SOFTWARE* PASSPORT MASTER TRACKS PRO  (macintosh)
1987 *SOFTWARE* TwelveTone Cakewalk v1.0  (IBM/PC/DOS)
1987 Yamaha QX3 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2305
1987 *SOFTWARE* C-Lab Creator for the ATARI ST http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,4258
1987 Korg SQ8 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2298
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1986 Ensoniq ESQ-1 workstation / sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2303
1986 Roland MC-500 4 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1564.0
1986 Yamaha QX5 8 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1565.0
1986 LinnSequencer 32 Track Sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2169
1986 *SOFTWARE* Steinberg Pro-24 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,4342.msg5212.html#msg5212
1986 *SOFTWARE* MOTU Performer (vintage macintosh plus) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,1301
1986 *SOFTWARE* Octave Plateau (Voyetra) Sequencer Plus for IBM/PC/DOS http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2368
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1985 Korg SQD-1 2 track sequencer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1568
1985 Yamaha QX1 http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2292
1985 Casio CZ-5000 8 track sequencer http://www.vintagesynth.com/casio/cz5000.php
1984 *SOFTTWARE* DR T's KCS
1984 Roland MSQ-700 midi dcb multitrak digital keyboard recorder (8 track sequencer)
1984 Roland MSQ-100 midi digital keyboard recorder (1 track multi channel) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1368.0
1984 Roland SBX-10 MIDI Sync Box http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,1848.
1982 Roland JSQ-60  http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1558.0
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1977 Roland MC-4  http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=767.0
1975 Roland MC-8 Microcomposer http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=768.0

some good info here:
http://www.adambaby.com/studiotech_sync.html#smartFSK
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Re: chronological list of VINTAGE midi sequencers
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2016, 10:17:31 AM »
another list of 1980s/early 90s sequencer options
this time grouped by track capability + referenced to initial introduction

Software (unlimited tracks??)
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1993 Logic Windows/PC
1990 Cubase Macintosh
1989 Opcode Vision
1989 Cubase/Atari/PC
1987 Notator/C-lab/Creator/Logic/Atari/PC
1987 Master Tracks Pro Macintosh
1986 Voyetra PC/DOS
1986 MOTU Performer Macintosh
1984 Dr T's KCS

32 track sequencers(+ or higher)
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Yamaha QY700 (1996) 48 tracks http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,1339
Akai MPC-3000 (1994) 99 tracks+++ http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2255
Akai MPC-60 (1988) 99 tracks+++ http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,3144
Akai ASQ-10 (1988) 99 tracks+++ http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1317.0
Kawai Q-80 (1988) 32 tracks http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2256


16 track sequencers
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Yamaha RM1X (1999) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2150
Yamaha QY-300 (1994) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2159.
Korg X3 (1993)
Korg 01/W (1991) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,1468
Roland W-30 (1989) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2016
Yamaha Sy-77 (1989) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,1427.
Yamaha QX3 (1987) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2305

8 track sequencers
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Roland MC-505 (1998) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2047
Roland MC-303 (1996) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2014
Yamaha V50 (1989) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2565
Roland MC-500MK2 (1988) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2304.0
Korg M1 (1988) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2178
Alesis MMT8 (1987) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,1560
Yamaha QX-5 (1986) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,1565
Casio CZ-5000 (1985) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2378
Roland MSQ-700 (1984) http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,1316.
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Re: chronological list of VINTAGE midi sequencers
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2017, 07:23:51 PM »
If I may "contribute" a couple of small corrections...  ;)

Both the Yamaha QX-1 and Korg SQD-1 came out in 1985, not 1986. I own a number of music magazines from the era and the ads and reviews on them are the source of that information.

You can see for example here (in the actual page scans) that as early as Feb 1985 the QX-1 was advertised as "coming soon" on E&MM:
http://www.muzines.co.uk/mags/emm/85/02/635

And then in the Apr 1985 issue it's already on sale:
http://www.muzines.co.uk/mags/emm/85/04/637
In the Aug 1985 issue (not online unfortunately), 'Dead or Alive' mention using it as their sequencer for their summer tour and there's more references in other issues/magazines

The Korg SQD-1 is reviewed in the Sep 1985 issue of E&MM and appears to be already on sale (i.e. not "coming soon") in ads within the same issue. My guess is they may have tried to push an "early release" before Christmas... The Korg DDD-1 drum machine on the other hand, which looks very similar in design, did in fact come out in 1986; maybe it just took a tad longer to implement the on-board sample technology and they couldn't be released at the same time.

Hope this helps!

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Re: chronological list of VINTAGE midi sequencers
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2017, 03:54:32 AM »
hey gabu - thanks for your revisions!  ;D

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Re: chronological list of VINTAGE midi sequencers
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2017, 12:33:24 PM »
heres a compressed version
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1985   yamaha qx1 *Standalone hardware
1986   motu performer on compact macintosh *software
1986   Voyetra sequencer plus IBM/PC 5150 *software
1986 Steinberg Pro24 Atari ST *software
1987   creator Atari ST *software

1987   MMT8 Alesis *Standalone hardware
1988   Mpc 60 / asq 10 Akai *Standalone hardware

1989   Cubase Atari ST *software
1989   W30 roland workstation *standalone hardware
1989   Opcode vision macintosh/macintosh II *software
1990   Cubase Macintosh/macintosh II *software
1990   Yamaha qy10 *Standalone hardware
1992   Cubase WINDOWS for 386SX+ *software
1993   Notator logic for macintosh *software
1993   Emagic logic win/pc 386SX+ *software
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Re: chronological list of VINTAGE midi sequencers
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 04:22:38 AM »
My favourite sequencer of all time :D

1984 Steinberg Pro 16 V1 for the Commodore 64

https://www.steinberg.net/en/company/aboutsteinberg.html
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Re: chronological list of VINTAGE midi sequencers
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2017, 01:41:59 PM »
http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,3433
already posted on that back in fall/winter 2016!

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Re: chronological list of VINTAGE midi sequencers
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2017, 02:03:22 PM »
heres a illustrated version
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1985   yamaha qx1 *Standalone hardware

1986   motu performer on compact macintosh *software

1986   voyetra sequencer plus IBM/PC 5150= *software

1986 pro24 atari 520 ST *software

1987   creator atari 520 ST *software


1987   MMT8 alesis *Standalone hardware

1988   mpc 60 / asq 10 akai *Standalone hardware

1989   cubase atari 1040 ST *software

1989   w30 roland workstation *standalone hardware

1989   opcode vision macintosh/macintosh II *software

1990   cubase macintosh/macintosh II *software
1990   yamaha qy10 *Standalone hardware

1992   cubase win/pc for 386SX+ *software
1993   notator logic for macintosh *software
1993   emagic logic win/pc 386SX+ *software
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Re: chronological list of VINTAGE midi sequencers
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2018, 07:51:22 AM »
i really should have mentioned the KORG M1's (1988) 8 track Sequencer


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The integrated MIDI sequencer allowed up to eight polyphonic tracks to play internal or MIDI sounds simultaneously. The sequencer memory could be shared with the user sound area, allowing 100 user "Program" sounds and 100 user "Combination" sounds with 4,400 sequencer notes or a reduced 50 Program and 50 Combination user sounds with 7700 notes. The sequencer's pattern structure permitted memory saving by using patterns for repetitive regions. Though paltry by current standards, the M1's sequencer offered full track editing and quantization, making it possible to produce high-quality songs entirely within the machine. The combination of the patches with the sequencer functionality led to the M1's near ubiquitous presence in late '80s and early '90s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korg_M1
http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/korg-m1/1122
http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2178.0
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