MAQ 16/3+ Silver Edition Sequencer

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MAQ 16/3+ Silver Edition Sequencer


The Doepfer ‘MAQ 16/3+ Dark Edition’ is the 20th anniversary special edition version of the now classic MAQ 16/3 MIDI Analog Sequencer with a black front panel and the same rotary knobs as Dark Energy and Dark Time. Fans of vintage analog sequencers will be truly happy with the MAQ 16/3 features. It combines the creative potential of an analog sequencer with the advantages of MIDI. MAQ 16/3 outputs the sequencing data both as control voltages (CV) and as MIDI events. MIDI Out of the MAQ may be connected to MIDI In of any sound generating MIDI device (Expander, Sampler, Synthesizer) or to a sequencer recording the MAQ data. Additionally 3 Control Voltage and Gate outputs are available for controlling vintage synthesizer equipment (e.g. the A-100 Analog Modular System).

The main feature of the MAQ is the real time access to the sequence via 48 rotary potentiometers grouped in 3 rows of 16 dials each. All important parameters like first/last step, MIDI event type, MIDI channel, forward/backward/random/pendulum mode, gate time, tempo and so on are independently assigned to each row and can be changed in real time while the sequence is running. This enables very complex sequences. The rows may not only be used for generating note events but also other important MIDI events or for controlling the length of time for each step. Of course the MAQ allows the synchronization via MIDI Clock, Start and Stop either as master or as slave. 


  • 3x16 Analog and MIDI Sequencer
  • 3 Rows of 16 Dials and 16 LEDS each
  • Simultaneous MIDI and CV/GATE Output
  • Assignable MIDI-Events and MIDI-Channels for the 3 Rows: Note ON/OFF; Velocity; Controller 0-19, 64-74, 84, Pitch-Bend, After-Touch Mono and Poly; Program Change for dynamic sound change; Transposition of another row; Gate Time; First/Last step of each row can be limited; MIDI Channel of each row is selectable
  • For each of the 3 rows the following parameters are set separately: Running Mode (FORWARD, BACKWARD, PENDULUM, ONE SHOT, RANDOM); Triggering Advance to next step with external MIDI note trigger; First/Last Step; Clock Dividing Factor; MIDI Channel
  • Transposition via incoming note on events possible
  • Serial operation for the rows possible (i.e. one row is running after the other), even mixed operation possible: e.g. 2 rows serial + 1 row parallel
  • External MIDI synchronization (via incoming MIDI Clock/ Start/ Stop messages) or internal synchronization (MAQ transmits MIDI Clock/ Start/ Stop generated by the MAQ)
  • 3 CV and Gate outputs (3.5 mm jack sockets on the rear panel)
  • CV Outputs: 1V/octave standard, range: 5 octaves (absolute voltage about +0.3V to +5.3V, i.e. about 0.3V offset voltage)
  • Gate Outputs: gate voltage selectable between  0/+5V and 0/+8V by means of a jumper inside the device (Voltage Trigger!) Factory setting: +8V
  • MIDI Out, MIDI In (no merge function, only for external MIDI synchronization and remote control messages)
  • Remote control of important MAQ parameters (e.g. first/last step, mode, event type, mute step, mute row and so on) via incoming MIDI program change or note events (no SysEx necessary)
  • Muting of single steps or complete rows via incoming MIDI program change and note events
  • 30 sequence memories (presets)
  • Full editing capability of all preset parameters
  • Alpha-dial for rapid input of all parameters
  • 3-digit, 7-segment display
  • Operation via 8 buttons with LEDs

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  • Dimensions: 18.9" x 6.97" x 4.33"
  • CV1, CV2, CV3 Outputs
  • GATE 1, GATE 2, GATE 3 Outputs
  • MIDI Input
  • MIDI Output
  • External AC Adapter for Power Supply: 9V DC 500mA (Center-Positive)

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