The Squarp Pyramid is a standalone sequencer which allows you to record polyphonic sequences whether by playing them live, with the integrated keyboard or with an external controller, or by using the improved step-by-step/euclidean sequencer. It o...
The Squarp Pyramid is a standalone sequencer which allows you to record polyphonic sequences whether by playing them live, with the integrated keyboard or with an external controller, or by using the improved step-by-step/euclidean sequencer. It offers several real-time midi effects, a mode to manage tracks and a sequence chaining tool. Its complete workflow, based on four modes, has been conceived for both stage and studio use. Pyramid can handle midi, CV/Gate and USB, for a full connectivity. It's possibly to customize the whole interface, therefore the user can assign the touchpad, the accelerometer, or any encoder to a wide range of internal controls. Finally, Pyramid allows the creation of polyrythmic and polymetric sequences, almost without restrictions, permitting wild experimentation.
Very solidly build 64 track hardware sequencer which outputs MIDI & CV. The OS is still under development (but stable) and new features are added with each release. Very responsive and helpful customer care. Open for suggestions. Fair price for what's being offered.
The HMI (workflow) could be a bit better (a bit too much depending on the central encoder and striking key-combinations) but this is acknowledged by the designers and is actively being worked on. It has actually already improved in the latest OS.
For the moment I'd rate it 4* due to some lacking features and the outstanding HMI/workflow issues but, if they keep progressing like the last year, I'm confident this will soon be a 5*.
The ease-of-access to MIDI CC, the intuitive access to a diverse set of scales and one-button chords, the 5 configurable knobs + XY matrix, the easy path to polyrhythm creation, the simple beauty of the interface, the relatively small form factor... I could go on, but this gentle beast has so much to offer. The way it changed my way of writing for keyed instruments is this: rather than spending 15 minutes or so feeling my way around which scale I want to use based on trying to augment an initial couple of chords with supplementary chords, I can quickly scroll through a bunch of scale+chord combos while mashing my fingers on a couple buttons (smart pads they're called). It doesn't limit the type of chord progression I come up with as the range of scales is so expansive and the full chromatic range is always available simultaneously. Great stuff from the French company Squarp.