Squarp Instruments intros Hapax, a new standalone dual project multi-track sequencer that takes sequencing and MIDI manipulation to the MPE level.
The first of March is a wild day. There are a lot of new product announcements. You think it’s done for today, the next big release is around the corner. The french developers of Squarp Instruments, known for their inspiring Pyramid hardware sequencer, today introduced another sequencer. One that has even more power and features.
At first glance, it looks like every Circuit user’s dream has come true. But it is the Hapax, a new powerful standalone multi-track sequencer designed to be centrepiece of your setup or even your entire studios. Sorry for the pictures, there are currently no better and clearer ones.
“Genuine centerpiece of a setup, Hapax offers every tool needed to compose songs in the studio and perform them on stage. From vintage to modern synths, from modular systems to your favorite DAW, Hapax can sequence and synchronize all your gear, while bringing you carefully crafted tools, designed for maximizing creativity.
Squarp Instruments Hapax
To the hard facts: The core of Hapax are two bright OLED display that gives you two projects, each with 16 tracks and 8 patterns per track. Yes. it can handle two separate and independent projects that can be played simultaneously. So you can compose fluently without spending long time re-organising your tracks.
Each pattern can be a note sequence with polyphony and MPE data or a beat with up to 8 different instruments within a single track. The possibility to record MPE in a hardware sequencer is novel. Squarp Instruments says it’s the first hardware sequencer that is capable to record the finest gestures, slides and articulations. That’s very exciting.
Pyramid was the first release of the Squarp developers. It is very popular because of its ingenious built-in MIDI modifiers. These are also included here giving you tons of composing flexibility. You can work with up to 8 real-time midi effects per track ranging from algorithmic tools that bring life to your composition, creative arpeggios, euclidean helpers, MIDI filter, to controlled random, there is a lot to explore. Plus, you can modulate these parameters of these with LFOs.
Hi-Res Creative Recording
Hapax is a high-resolution recorder that runs at 192 ppqn. It gives you different options to record your music. You can use the encoders and 128 pads to program your steps, work with external MIDI instruments incl. MPE controllers or with any incoming analog signal. From looper-style recording, count-down and metronome options, punch-in mode… there is certainly an option that fits to your workflow.
Then, for fast and intuitive chord building on the fly, it also hosts a an isomorphic keyboard and chord generator that brings harmonic capabilities to anyone. Further it has:
- independent BPM per track with a time elasticity algorithm
- undo/redo with history + snapshot
- dual-project transparent loading & playback for song mixing
Squarp Instruments promises that this is just the beginning and that new features & parameters will be added regularly.
A good sequencer should not only have a good, stable firmware, but also sufficient connections. The Hapx has that in my opinion: on the input side you get
- 2x MIDI in (DIN + TRS), 2x CV in[-5V to +5V] (16bit) and a socket for a stereo pedal footswitch.
On the other side, you will find
- 4x MIDI out (3× DIN + TRS), 4× CV out [-5V to +5V] (16bit), 4× GATE out [+5V], bi-directional I/O, and USB host and device connection.
With the Pyramid, the French developers already have a powerful standalone sequencer in their portfolio. The Hapax is another few levels up. Above all, the MPE functionality makes it currently unique. It looks very tempting. Looking forward to the first user experiences.
Squarp Instruments Hapax is available now for 864€/$979 USD + VAT with free worldwide DHL express shipping.
More information here: Squarp Instruments