Toraiz Squid Loopop

Pioneer DJ/Toraiz SQUID: Review, tutorial and top 14 features that make it special

There are quite a few solid hardware sequencing options on the market – both standalone sequencers spanning from Arturia’s KeyStep and BeatStep Pro, through Novation’s SL MkIII, all the way to Squarp’s Pyramid, as well the capable sequencers built into “groovebox” style hardware like the Elektron machines, Circuit and Electribes.

Just when you thought innovation wasn’t possible, Squid is a surprising new sequencer from Toraiz – with quite a few new unique features. Here’s my review with an emphasis on what’s new and what can be improved/added, especially in comparison with what exists on the market today.

There’s a timeline below in case you want to review the contents of this video. Among other, there’s a full sequencer and sampler buyers guide in my In-Complete Book of Electronic Music Ideas, Tips and Tricks – available on Patreon here (hint: it’s in-complete because it’s always being updated…):

0:00 Intro
0:50 Connectivity
1:40 UI Overview
2:40 Project scope
4:35 Pattern sets
6:10 Sequencing notes
7:20 Ratchets & count
7:45 Scales

If you want to jump right to what makes Squid unique:
9:00 (#1) Time warp
11:30 (#2) Multiple arps
12:45 (#3) Transpose locks
13:40 (#4) Repeat pads
14:45 (#5) Chord/harmonizer
16:15 (#6) Interpolation
17:40 (#7) Randomization
18:45 (#8) Groove control
19:30 (#9) Speed modulation
20:30 (#10) Running direction
21:40 (#11) Rhythmic control
22:10 (#12) Trig probability
22:50 (#13) Multiple undos
23:15 (#14) MIDI import/export
24:25 Pros and cons
28:20 Squid jam

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