Forget NAMM — one of a handful of hardware I’m most excited about in 2009 is all DIY, the 8-step GorF step sequencer. (I’m hoping for follow-ups like a Forg or Grof. Kermit (Muppet) fans know what I’m talking about.)

With four sequences with parameters, steps with pitch, gate, and Control Change, sequencing controls, legato mode, and the planned ability to both send and receive clock, this is one useful-looking device. And from the video above, it looks like it’s progressing really nicely.

In fact, if you think about it, it’s kind of puzzling that there isn’t a simple, cheap, commercial device that does this. As a kit, though, people could hack in features others might not imagine, it could be combined with other DIY and open source synth and music projects, and it makes a great kit and learning tool — meaning it’s more fun, anyway. And if you want a pink case, you can do that, too, but you can decide whether you want it more salmon or fuchsia.

Paul, do keep us posted!

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  • flunky

    Gorf was a great game too, if a little schizophrenic..

  • flunky

    oh and here's a contemporary a DIY sequencer..

  • Thanks for your kind words, I built this as a test tool for my bench for testing synths I'm building, I'm still amazed by the response it's receiving.

    FWIW, it already sends and receives midi clock, the remaining features to be added are update of firmware via midi sysex and support for the serial EEPROM giving potentially more than 200 storable sequences.

    I've rejigged the PCB shown in this video to fix a mistake I made during it's design and I'll be getting a couple of those made to check it before ordering a pile to sell.

    And yes, I'm an 80's child and all my new "gadgets" will be named after arcade games, Defender, Tempest, etc 🙂

    Keep up the great work on this blog!


  • lematt

    wow ! let's make the same but 32 steps !!!

  • Genjutsushi

    Great sequencer!
    Commercial alternatives could be
    MFB make some cool stuff… none in a pink case tho

  • I would love something like this for my Virus – would probably buy it in a second.

  • I hope this comes to pass, I'd love to have one, though 16 steps would be nice, classic 303 patterns could be made then

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  • Excellant job – well done! – an inspiration to all of us out here in DIY land. Keep up the good work and good luck in finalising the pcb

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  • HC GreenCard

    I'll buy one right away.`

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  • James

    Why the hell isn't this in the shops?! Friggin amazing. I was gonnah build my own, but if you've already rinsed something far superior there's loads of people happy to give you money in exchange for your hard work! Inlcuding me!