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.
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.