KORG volca series

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jjj just posted this on his store's Facebook page:


Has anyone else seen these yet? jjj says they are crazy stupid fun and I basically want all of them but want to hear more about them.

STOP KILLING ANIMALS, THEY'RE MINT (DJP), Monday, 6 June 2016 22:29 (two years ago) Permalink

they are fun! i have a beats and have messed around with a friend's sampler. the sequencers are very "playable" -- lots of real time manipulation, really encourages you to be hands-on.

the kick on the beats is surprisingly solid. the toms and clap are decent also, but overall yeah it sounds about how you would expect for a $150 drum machine (insert usual caveats about processing, that the 303 was a toy, etc). the sampler seems like it might have a more distinctive character out of the box.

i don't think you can go wrong if you're looking for an impromptu jammer or travel buddy.

home organ, Monday, 6 June 2016 23:28 (two years ago) Permalink

*updates wish list*

STOP KILLING ANIMALS, THEY'RE MINT (DJP), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 15:03 (two years ago) Permalink

the keys is really cool - 3-note poly, some weird/interesting voice modes. crusty noisy delay if that's your bag (it's mine!).

was hyped for the sampler one before release, but I was hoping for being able to play the samples pitched across the keyboard and you can't out of the box - there's some real hack way of doing it involving a fancy MIDI cable from another company. so it's more of a 'load in your samples that you prepared on the computer, sequence them' deal. can get android apps to load the samples on if you don't have an iOS device.

the motion sequencing stuff is excellent, obv this is one of korg's strong suits now what with electribes, then these, and the minilogue doing a fancier version of it - gets around lack of LFOs, brings the sound alive.

if I didn't already have a reface DX, I'd be all over the new FM one (can load DX7 patches!)

they should do a little mixer for them all next!

Justin Townes' URL (haitch), Thursday, 9 June 2016 03:05 (two years ago) Permalink

I like the Keys, but haven't used it in awhile. The best use I found for it was controlling it with midi and blending it with soft synths playing the same chords (maybe with different voicings), to add some grit and rawness.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Thursday, 9 June 2016 17:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Didn't notice this thread as I haven't been on IMM in a while.

I like these, they're great fun but best used imo as step sequencers and we had a great night at a friend's birthday bash improvising on a full set. Agree though that the Sample is very limited and needs a bit of work for it to do what you want. Also don't undersestimate how short the sample length is.

The whole backing track for my PSBs pre-cover track was done live on a Beats/Keys/Sample setup.

Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:31 (two years ago) Permalink

that great video of legowelt making a track shows off his modded keys, which he uses as a polyphonic sequencer.

Justin Townes' URL (haitch), Tuesday, 28 June 2016 05:49 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...


A mixer that powers three Volcas!

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Thursday, 18 January 2018 19:13 (one year ago) Permalink

That's the only really useful function of it - if they're synced then play/pause performs the same function as muting the channel and I just use a cheap 4-1 mix block to balance the volumes against each other.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:20 (one year ago) Permalink

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