The Multivox Firstman Sequence Synthesizer Model SQ-01
“The Firstman SQ01, manufactured by Multivox, is said to pre-date the Roland TB-303 and has a deep analogue bass sound somewhere between the 303 and a Moog bass. The controls (left to right) are: Tempo, Release, Bar, Filter Cutoff Frequency, Filter Resonance, Oscillator Fine (tune) and Oscillator Frequency, Sustain and Power/Volume. Connections at the top rear are: DC12V in, CV in, Gate in, Clock in, Footswitch, Synchro out, CV out, Gate out, Clock out and Audio out.” That is one of the texts you will find when you google this machine. To be honest, its greatest feature is its looks. It is hell to program, you have to be a genius at mathematics and grids, or use a large blackboard to write it all out, and then count, while pushing the buttons, advancing through the steps, and the only visual feedback is then an LED that blinks every four steps. And you don’t press the key, no, you select a note, and then you have to choose an note type, an envelope, an octave. It is a hopeless task, unless you are a composer-engineer-bureaucrat. But it does make for some nice random melodies. It tends to sound a little dweeby; ‘somewhere between the 303 and a Moog bass.’ Yeah, sure, that would probably then be on the floor somewhere, in between, crawling away in shame. But if you turn the resonance up and the filter frequency way down, it can give some nice bass sounds. Its clock input will not run properly from for instance, a Boss DR55, and that is probably its greatest failing. Other than that, it can be a nice machine, and it will remember all your sequences for you. Plus, did I already mention it looks great? Also they break down a lot, which is where this feature of looking great comes in handy.