I just recently purchased a Korg SQ-1 Step Sequencer that I, for my life, can’t get to sync with Cubase 11 pro. It just don’t work. I have tried both USB and MIDI connection but no…As I understand I’m not alone with this issue, but that doesn’t help me fixing the problem. Yes, sure, I can sync the SQ-1 to a VST Instrument and that’s no problem, but I can’t get it to sync with the tempo set in Cubase.
Is there anyone that knows if there is a plugin to Cubase that can “listen” or “read” incoming MIDI or audio signals and from that calculate what tempo the external hardware (i.e. the SQ-1) is set to? Maybe that could be a solution to get them to sync tempos?
You need to activate external sync in Cubase.
Go to: Transport> Activate external sync
The option above it - “Project synchronization setup” - also gives you access to the same setting plus a few other things. If your SQ-1 is connected, it should appear as a destination for midi info to be sent to. Check that box and you’re good to go.
Hope that helps.
Thanks for a quick reply
I have tried that, but without any luck
Maybe I’m doing something wrong, or don’t understand what I’m doing or how it’s supposed to work but shouldn’t that setting send tempo from Cubase and therefore terminate the tempo-knob on the SQ-1? Or, in the other direction, let the tempo from the SQ-1 set the tempo in Cubase?
Do you have a chance to take some pictures about how it should look?
Very thankful for your help
I don’t have an SQ-1, but I would assume that once synced to Cubase, the tempo or speed knob on the SQ-1 would then operate as musical divisions of the Cubase tempo (i.e. 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 etc.)
I would check the following:
- Connect the SQ-1 via USB
- Ensure you have the latest driver for the SQ-1
- Activate external sync as mentioned above
- Check the box under the “destinations” tab for your SQ-1 as mentioned above
When you start Cubase playing it should be sending tempo information to the SQ-1 via midi over your USB cable.
Thanks! Will check of it works