“For sale is my Akai ASQ10 hardware MIDI sequencer by which was designed by Roger Linn. This sequencer is part of the Akai MPC family. This is actually the exact same sequencer of the MPC60 and is, in my opinion the best hardware MIDI sequencer ever build.
I am the original owner. I bought it in 1988 from a music store/studio I was working at as a young teenager. This device was the central core of my musical life from 1988 to 2004 and responsible for thousands of hours of enjoyment and songwriting inspiration. I sort of fell out of music in 2005 for a while, sold a lot of equipment, but could never let go of this sequencer. It is so fun and easy to use.
This unit has spent the majority of it’s life in my smoke free home studio. I always kept a dust cover over it when not in use. It is in great condition, only some discoloring of the front panel around the frequently used data wheel transport buttons. Also, the back lighting of the LCD display is out. The LCD display works, it just needs new back lighting to be brighter. As I write this description there is a listing on Ebay for a replacement for $31. To confirm, the LCD works and displays all data, it’s just darker because of the back lighting being out. See picture to see LCD display.
The ASQ10 is a tank! Literally, this is the most well built device I have ever owned. Akai really knew how to make durable and beefy devices. Look at the picture of the side shot of the device – you will see that the top panel is a think piece of steel. The buttons and data knob still feel as solid as they did when I first got it. But it is heavy due to that solid construction, so be aware of that for shipping.” Link
“Akai’s Vintage desktop sequencer and it is amazing! Up to 99 sequences, 99 tracks, 60,000-note capacity, 3.5″ built-in disk drive and sophisticated real-time or step recording and programming. Overdubbing, punch in/out, track soloing and a big LCD data screen. Extensive edit-ability, recording features and MIDI implementation make the ASQ10 one of the best stand-alone MIDI sequencers around.” Link
Cosmetically this machine is in excellent condition. The back panel has a few rust paint off spots (please check photos) which is pretty normal for this machine. The front and sides are quite beautiful. Button reaction is fine, floppy drive working perfectly, brand new high quality backlight. Inside is very clean indeed. The Play/start button colour is slightly off to the colour of the other buttons.
OS version 2.13
I’ve taken some photos without a flash so you can see the backlight in all it’s glory. The flash photos give an accurate idea of the way the machine looks.
Fully checked and working perfectly. Akai two pin Power cable included.” Link
” Up for sale is my vintage Akai ASQ-10 MIDI Sequencer. Used for many years on hundreds of tracks, synched to my 8 track.
The best stand-alone hardware sequencer in the world in my opinion. It has the legendary Roger Linn MPC swing. This item is in good working condition and OS 2.13 is installed. Some marks on side of case but only cosmetic.
I think the back light has gone as the display is not very illuminated but the contrast is still good and can be seen well. (see pic) though these can be sourced easily on ebay.
Has been in storage for a while but appears to be fully functioning, floppy drive works and I could load a sequence and play it, stop, FF and RW and function keys appear to all work. That said I prefer to say that this unit is untested.
Classic bit of kit that requires an good home. Comes with manual and power lead and I may still have the original box, but will be packaged appropriately.” Link
“The unit does power on and the LCD does illuminate, but it has not been tested any further. It has normal light scuffing and scratching, and as you can see in the photos, one of the control dials is missing. Other than that, there is no major physical damage. ” Link
“This example is in perfect working order and has just been professionally serviced by James Walker of Synth Repair Services so you can be confident that everything works correctly, safely and smoothly. As part of the service James has tested the unit for electrical safety, fitted a new backlight and replaced the tact switches under the front panel buttons with new alps switches. The software version is 2.13
Cosmetically it is in good condition but as with most equipment of this vintage it does have some wear. Most of the buttons have yellowed which is made more noticeable by a few replacements which are much whiter. Some of the button legends are fading. There are some marks on the front panel at the front and there is some light rust around the MIDI sockets. Finally, one of the feet has a missing felt ring which makes the unit a little uneven (see pics below).
There is no manual or power lead included in the auction (the power lead needed is a standard IEC (kettle type) lead.
Overall then, a rare and sought-after sequencer with great timing, is easy to use and is in perfect working order and ready for action.” Link
Up for your consideration is a rare vintage Akai ASQ10 MIDI Sequencer. Its basically an MPC 60 without the pads and sampling. Unit is loaded with OS 2.03, works 100% perfect, and is in great shape cosmetically. I also recently installed a brand new backlight 4 months ago, so you will be good to go for years to come. It was also never gigged, and primary stored for years as a backup to my MPC 3000. This is highly regarded as one of, if not the best hardware sequencer of all time. These are rare, but last two on ebay went for $500, with dead backlights. I am selling at same price, but with a a new one installed. Hate to sell, but am unemployed :(” Link
“Regrets, I’ve had my share…selling this will probably be another one!
A very clean example of what many consider the best hardware sequencer ever made…vintage Akai ASQ-10″ Link
“Extremely rare and sought after; Akai ASQ-10 Hardware sequencer – known as the best hardware sequencer ever made by some, and I’ll have to agree! This one is in excellent condition, fully functional with new screen, Roger Linn 3.1 update, original paper manuals, and recently given a clean bill of health by VST technologies in Pasadena, CA. – you won’t find a better deal on an ASQ-10 as these rarely, if ever, pop up with all these options in fully functional condition.” Link
“Popular early-generation sequencer from Akai – designed by Roger Linn – of Linn Drum and (later) AdrenaLinn fame. Works; cosmetics are VG+ with some light but typical fading of the creme-colored case.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Akai ASQ10 sequencer is very good condition. Has recently had a new back light, and OS 2.13 eproms fitted. Comes with English manual, service notes and power lead. This is the sequening section of the Akai MPC60. Features disk drive, 4 parallel midi out ports, 2 midi in ports, sync in and out. Provides very tight midi sequencing, and excellent swing/ groove feel.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This ASQ10 (2.03) has been in storage for twelve years. Before that, I used it five and six nights a week for live music in dance clubs. My keyboardist and myself (guitarist) sequenced it to play many separate instruments at a time including controlling effects modules. With attention to detail and the right sound assignments, we could emulate Big Bands, lush string choruses, pumping Motown horns, funky Stax/Volt rhythm sections, blues, hard rock, R&B, rap, you name it. The ASQ10 is a very reliable and powerful instrument. It performed flawlessly with never a break down over a ten year period.
I turned it on to discover that the backlight may be dimmer that I remember. It’s a little yellow in spots from night club cigarettes. All the buttons and keys seem to be in place. Included is the custom Anvil road case pictured.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Here for auction is an Akai ASQ-10 MIDI sequencer – this is the sequencer part of the famous MPC60 all on its own.
If you’re not 100% sure about how accurate your computer is at sequencing notes, and are looking for something else to run your synths, you could do a lot worse than this. it’s totally rock solid, and will sync to pretty much anything from MIDI clock, MIDI timecode, SMPTE, to audio pulses.
As you can see from the photos, the unit is in pretty good condition, though I realise I haven’t taken a photo of where there’s been a bit of rust on the right hand side. Nothing to worry about as it’s been sealed in epoxy- just doesn’t look new (which isn’t exactly a surprise for something that was made 25 plus years ago) Let me know if you’d like to see a photo of the rust repair.
It comes with a power cable and small pile of disks to get started, (though if you find you use it, you’ll probably want to upgrade to the Hxc flash based floppy replacement anyway)You can get the manual online, but I can also email it to you if you want – not like it really needs that much explanation to use, it’s so well designed and laid out.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Here For Auction is a Akai Very first sequencer the ASQ 10 the sequencer from the famous MPC60, (one the most tightest drum machines ever. This is in great condition and has very little use. this is definitely one for you vintage collectors out there.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.