ChordSQ is a player instrument for the Reason rack designed to help you create chord progressions. The device interface offers an intuitive way to achieve results fast. It’s easy to create or modify progressions in just a few clicks. No drawing of notes required.
At the heart of the player is a 16-step sequencer which is triggered when receiving a note from an external keyboard or MIDI track. For each step of the sequence, you select a root note and choose a chord from the available presets. Then you can change the chord voicing, add a bass note, set a duration and velocity. Each parameter has dedicated edit menus so that the selected steps can be altered easily. To help you choose chords, set a key and scale and the interface highlights which notes and chords are in key.
The device has three operation modes. In mode 1, any note triggers the sequence. In mode 2, a note triggers the sequence and it also transposes it up or down (no transposition when you play C3). Finally, in mode 3, notes C1 to D#2 play the chords in slots 1 to 16 without triggering the sequence. This last mode turns the player into a one-finger chorder which can store up to 64 chords per patch. There are 4 sequence variations per patch, and they can be switched “live” during play.
ChordSQ is fast to program, fun to use and it encourages experimentation. Try it out and see for yourself!