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Akai ASQ10

Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

asq01 “This is the brain of the legendary Akai MPC60, the result of the Roger Linn collaboration with Akai. The MPC has touch pads and audio outputs. The ASQ-10 is the sequencer section only. No audio. No cool drum samples. Just MIDI. Here’s what Wikipedia says about it: In 1988, Akai also released the sequencer section of the MPC60 as a standalone hardware product in its own right, the ASQ10. As with the MPC60, this was renowned for its solid MIDI timing compared to computer software based systems.

I read about it in Contemporary Keyboard (not just Keyboard) and bought it brand new by special-ordering it from my local music dealer here in Spokane WA. I was moving up from the built-in sequencer of my Ensoniq ESQ-1. I was producing music for video production companies and needed dead accurate MIDI clock timing and the ability to read SMPTE time code, a feat that could otherwise be achieved only with the most powerful and expensive Macs. But it also had 2 MIDI In Ports and 4 MIDI Out Ports! I was running about 7 or 8 MIDI hardware devices and loved the I/O. I used it intensely from 1988 until the Mac LC came out in late 91/early 92. I still used the ASQ-10 for live presentations including an awards show with the Pacific Coast Gas Association Conference in Houston hosted by the now-infamous Enron! You can manually change sequences while everything’s running without any lag or timing dropout. That’s really cool and powerful.

The only drawback now is that it uses a 3.5″ floppy drive. The drive in this unit works flawlessly However, I’ve seen USB replacements on eBay that I’d buy in a moment if I was still using this baby. I’ve included 5 or 6 blank disks that are quickly (well, it takes about a minute!) and easily formatted on the ASQ-10. The backlit LCD display is getting dim but it’s still quite readable. Even when it was new, I set up a small desk lamp to reflect off the LCD to make it easier to read. LCD replacements in all kinds of duo-chrome color combinations are advertised all over eBay too.” Link


Akai ASQ10

Sunday Apr 9, 2017

asq10 “Here we have a rare Akai ASQ-10 Sequencer. Fitted with brand new tact switches and the latest OS, Vimana 3.15, from Mansell Labs. Screen is also in great shape, very readable and bright in low light. Everything works 100%. As you may now, these are hard to come by. They are the full sequencer portion of the classic Akai MPC60. Literally one of the best hardware sequencers ever made in my opinions. Selling at a great price. ” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Wednesday Mar 29, 2017

asq10 “In perfect working condition.

Good cosmetics. Please see pictures.” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Saturday Mar 4, 2017

asq19 “If you’re looking for a hassle free sequencer this is the one for you.. Very nice condition, spotless internally. Japanese 100v model. She’s just had the full Frank Armitage treatment…

– Stripped out, cleaned, full service and rebuilt
- New tact switches through-out 
- Power converter and power cable included
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Akai ASQ10

Sunday Feb 19, 2017

asq10 “This is the brain of the legendary Akai MPC60, the result of the Roger Linn collaboration with Akai. The MPC has touch pads and audio outputs. The ASQ-10 is the sequencer section only. No audio. No cool drum samples. Just MIDI. Here’s what Wikipedia says about it: In 1988, Akai also released the sequencer section of the MPC60 as a standalone hardware product in its own right, the ASQ10. As with the MPC60, this was renowned for its solid MIDI timing compared to computer software based systems.

I read about it in Contemporary Keyboard (not just Keyboard) and bought it brand new by special-ordering it from my local music dealer here in Spokane WA. I was moving up from the built-in sequencer of my Ensoniq ESQ-1. I was producing music for video production companies and needed dead accurate MIDI clock timing and the ability to read SMPTE time code, a feat that could otherwise be achieved only with the most powerful and expensive Macs. But it also had 2 MIDI In Ports and 4 MIDI Out Ports! I was running about 7 or 8 MIDI hardware devices and loved the I/O. I used it intensely from 1988 until the Mac LC came out in late 91/early 92. I still used the ASQ-10 for live presentations including an awards show with the Pacific Coast Gas Association Conference in Houston hosted by the now-infamous Enron! You can manually change sequences while everything’s running without any lag or timing dropout. That’s really cool and powerful.

The only drawback now is that it uses a 3.5″ floppy drive. The drive in this unit works flawlessly However, I’ve seen USB replacements on eBay that I’d buy in a moment if I was still using this baby. I’ve included 5 or 6 blank disks that are quickly (well, it takes about a minute!) and easily formatted on the ASQ-10. The backlit LCD display is getting dim but it’s still quite readable.”
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Akai ASQ10 Project Machine

Tuesday Jan 31, 2017

a “I’m having a huge clearout of my garage as I have a large job to start very soon.
I’m listing all the stuff I either won’t ever get around to or simply don’t want/need anymore.

This ASQ-10 boots up and works over midi control but the top panel is unresponsive.
Never figured out what the issue was.

Comes with power lead and Original box. ” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Tuesday Jan 31, 2017

asq10 “- Stripped out, cleaned, full service and rebuilt
– New tact switches through-out
– Power converter and power cable included”
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Akai ASQ10

Friday Dec 9, 2016

asq10 “AKAI ASQ10 SEQUENCER IN VERY GOOD CONDITION – RARE UNIT. ” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Monday Nov 28, 2016

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Akai ASQ10

Monday Jul 4, 2016

asq10 ” Complete with charger.” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Sunday May 22, 2016

asq10 “Here we have for sale the ‘Daddy’ of all sequencers, an Akai ASQ10 MIDI Sequencer. It is the same Roger Linn sequencer used in the legendary MPC-60 and MPC-3000 just without the sampler. None of the the other MPCs compare when it comes to that swing. ” Link


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Akai ASQ-10

Monday Feb 22, 2016

aqs10 “Mint Akai ASQ 10 Midi Sequencer found at my brother’s Attic, in bubble wrap and in a box. Not a scratch on it, all buttons respond when pressed, bright LED Screen, brother is no longer with us as I am going through everything he left behind, and have a lot more goodie’s that I found that I will be listing as well. If you don’t know what this is than you should Google it and it will tell you everything about it. Enjoy!” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Thursday Dec 31, 2015

asq10 “For Sale is a ASQ10. This is the godfather of sequencers. It’s in great condition only used in a smoke free environment. ” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Sunday Dec 6, 2015

asq10 “AKAI ASQ-10 ASQ 10 Roger Linn Designed Desktop MIDI Sequencer. Unit came from a music gear buyout, the unit powers on but we don’t have the ability to test it any further. Being sold as is in untested condition. Also there is some scratches & scuff marks, the top part of the main knob is missing and there are a couple screws missing from the sides. Overall in ok condition for its age.” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Tuesday Sep 22, 2015

azq10 “AKAI ASQ-10 For Sale

Wonderful shape internally and externally, (just a little bit of text printed on the side, see pictures), this is a real collectors item, comes in its original box, with printed manual and original power supply! She’s had the full Frank Armitage treatment…

– Stripped out, cleaned and serviced
– Nice bright screen
– New tact switches through-out ” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Thursday Jul 23, 2015

asq10“AKAI ASQ-10 SEQUENCER

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


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Akai ASQ10

Sunday Apr 26, 2015

asq10” For sale is my Akai ASQ-10 sequencer. This sequencer is from the same time era as the MPC60, essentially the same sequencer section as the MPC60. One of the greatest vintage sequencers out there you can find, a real classic. This ASQ10 is in nice shape and fully functional. Some wear around the sides but the front is quite clean. The screen is bright and easy to ready. Be sure to check out the detailed pictures below. Don’t miss out!” Link


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Akai ASQ-10

Friday Apr 10, 2015

asq10“Awesome sequencer.I bought one to try the akai note repeat mode and wow ……….after writing with atari and cubase sx for over 10 years i was blown away at the results – it just gives a differnt slant on sequencing , spontaneous and fluid . . . for idm and electronic which i do its amazing . . .my guess is the mpc are just as good but i liked the fact i could use this as a dedicated unit to trigger external mods though i know an mpc can do that.Built like a tank and really – this is a classic unusual quirkly and fun studio gadget . . . the stuff that comes out of this i cant do with anything else . . . note repeat makes stuff sing . . . you simply cant get the same result without one ! that says it all . . . ” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Friday Mar 13, 2015

asq10 “I FIRST HAD IT LISTED A FEW WEEKS AGO. I ENDED THE AUCTION EARLY BECAUSE THE CONTRAST WHEEL WAS STUCK AT FULL POSITION. I TOOK IT TO A PRO. WHO LOVES WORKING AND FIXING THESE MACHINES, AND HE FIXED EVERY DETAIL INCLUDING USING COMPRESSED AIR TO TOTALLY CLEAN IT OUT AND FIX EVERYTHING TO BRING IT BACK TO LIFE, BY INSTALLING A NEW BACKLIGHT AND FLOPPY DRIVE. IT COSTS A PRETTY PENNY BUT IT WAS WORTH IT SO I CAN NOW RELIST IT AND GET IT TO SOMEONE WHO WILL JUST FALL IN LOVE WITH IT. ENJOY” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Saturday Feb 28, 2015

asq10 “Externally appears in good used condition. Vintage item. Powers up, buttons / controls work. Comes with original power cord.” Link


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Akai ASQ-10

Saturday Feb 14, 2015

ASQ10” Externally appears in good used condition. Minor wear and tear as you would expect from a vintage item. Powers up, buttons / controls appear to work. Comes with original power lead.

GOT IT A GIFT AND HAVE NO USE FOR IT. WHEN I TURNED IT ON I COULDN’T SEE THE SCREEN SO I BOUGHT A NEW BACKLIGHT WHICH YOU CAN INSTALL WHEN YOU GET IT (A$30.00 EXTRA)” Link


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AkaI ASQ10 Project Machine

Monday Feb 9, 2015

asq10“For sale is my my Classic Akai ASQ10 sequencer.

Selling as a faulty unit due to the following:

Broken data dial rotary knot

Some transport key’s unresponsive

Backlit light not as bright as other AKAI units.

The sequencer function works but with the limitations of the above problems. ” Link


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Akai ASQ-10

Sunday Jan 25, 2015

asq10“Akai ASQ-10 Sequencer by (living legend) Roger Linn.
In very good condition, all (tact) switches in good working order.
Strong internal battery, new display foil and latest OS 3.10
This is the best stand alone sequencer ever made. ” Link


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Akai ASQ10

Friday Dec 26, 2014

asq10
Akai ASQ-10 Sequencer by (legend) Roger Linn.
In very good condition, all (tact) switches in good working order.
Strong internal battery, new display foil and latest OS 3.10
This is the best stand alone sequencer ever made. ” Link


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Akai ASQ-10

Sunday Dec 21, 2014

asq10 “Up for sale is a (1) vintage Akai ASQ-10 MIDI Sequencer. The best stand-alone hardware sequencer in the world in our opinion. It has the legendary Roger Linn MPC swing. It’s in good working condition and OS 2.03 is installed. The backlight is in good condition. Optical it’s in nice condition for its age, but there are some minor scratches on it and some wear and tear (see photo’s). It’s a 220 – 240V version.” Link


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