Squarp, makers of a high-end desktop sequencer, have now gone modular. The Hermod is a deep, patchable sequencer for your Eurorack – coming early 2018.

It’s likely the first of more of this sort of thing we’re going to see soon: pack a module with a powerful brain (ARM, the same processor architecture powering phones and tablets and so on).

The Hermod has patch connections to spare, whether MIDI, USB host, or analog voltage. And there’s a friendly-looking sequencer, with some computer-like functions – including real-time pattern effects.

Of course, the catch is you could take the $450 / 380€ it costs and, right now, pick up an audio interface that lets you interface a computer with the same. But then, all those connections could be handy – and it does look nice. Full specs are out now:

Core player

● Number of tracks: 8
● Number of sequences: 8
● Number of projects: unlimited
● Number of events (notes, automation) per project: ~40000
● Track length: 1/4 bar to 16 bars
● Recording resolution: 24ppqn
● Tempo: 40 to 250 BPM

Tracks

● Maximum number of notes per step (polyphony): 8
● Maximum number of effects per track: 8
● Note pitch: C0 to B9
● Note velocity: 0 to 127
● Note width: 1/24th to 16 bars
● Zoom: x1 (1 step = 1 quarter notes) to x8 (1 step = 1/32th note)

Inputs

● MIDI (to control Hermod with a MIDI controller)
● USB host (to control Hermod with a computer)
● USB device (to control Hermod with an USB controller)
● 4x CV in [-5V to +5V] (to control Hermod with CV/GATE notes, CV modulation, clock)

Outputs

● MIDI (up to 8 channels)
● USB host
● USB device
● 8x CV out [-5V to +5V]
● 8x GATE out [0V to +5V]

User interface

● 16 backlit silicon button pads
● Menu clickable encoder
● White backlit high contrast LCD screen
● 8x RGB LEDS to display the CV/GATE voltages
● MicroSD card slot to save your projects and upgrade the OS (SD card included)

Other

● CPU: 216MHz ARM Cortex-M7
● DAC resolution: 16-bit
● ADC resolution: 12-bit
● Width: 24HP (up to 30mm in depth)
● Requires a ±12V eurorack supply (consume 310mA from the +12V rail and 30mA from the -12V rail)

Hermod is engineered in Paris and assembled in France.

http://squarp.net/hermod

  • Tony Scharf

    Euro is really starting to suck balls. Its becoming everything it was a rejection of, right down to sequencing via number keys and a tiny LCD. I wouldn’t take one for free.

    • Polite Society

      surely eurorack is whatever you want it to be. if you don’t want lcds or number keys you are allowed to not want them. you are special and I believe in you.

  • Polite Society

    Wouldn’t usb host and device be around the other way (host to plug in usb midi devices, and device for connecting to a pc)?

    Also I wish squarp had added a usb host to their recent iteration of the pyramid. I would have bought it for sure.

    This looks promising though I think I prefer these kinds of sequencers as separate boxes rather than taking up valuable hp. Though I guess I could just build a box for it to sit in.