KORG volca series

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I have a track coming out that is basically two Volcas having a conversation

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 29 December 2020 17:17 (two years ago) link

it'll still take a sync clock from the other volcas. I think if you were to clock another volca with MIDI off your DAW and then send sync out to the modular's sync in, that should be pretty solid.

2 Markov Chainz (haitch), Wednesday, 30 December 2020 09:47 (two years ago) link

(the modular, that is!)

2 Markov Chainz (haitch), Wednesday, 30 December 2020 09:58 (two years ago) link

what i have been enjoying with the volca fm of late is running the 'picking' preset through a short delay and also doubling up the sequence with a reverby pad running on something else and you can get some really nice fake oud sounds that way, get some phrygian mode going and you're sorted

kites aren't fun (NickB), Monday, 4 January 2021 23:43 (two years ago) link

I wonder if that's the same one that I read as 'plucking'? It must be, it's the best one. After getting it I was inspired to make two whole tracks using mostly that preset, and a bass. On one of them I think I layered it with a marimba patch and some harp samples, but yeah it's so usable.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 17:13 (two years ago) link

I think there's a pluckkey *and* a picking preset, which is confusing! Picking sounds like a zither string being hit with a stick, pluckkey is more of a harp type sound, which has almost a flutey tone to it, albeit with a harder attack. Still not sure what a 8arnbass is though

kites aren't fun (NickB), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 22:08 (two years ago) link

i'm wanting to get a cheap drum machine and have been looking at the volca beats — anybody know the difference between the analog vs. the digital one?

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 10 January 2021 19:14 (two years ago) link

these might be mischaracterisations, but from the demos I've seen, volca beats has got some nice classic 80s drum machine sounds but seems to be cursed with a terrible snare that sounds like a wasps fart. volca drum has got a wider palette and sounds a lot more modern. guess it depends on what sort of music you want to make with it?

kites aren't fun (NickB), Sunday, 10 January 2021 20:03 (two years ago) link

Not a Volca but I can recommend the Korg NTS-1 synth. It's a bit cheaper (£100 or so) and is well worth it for the effects alone - filter sounds lovely and there are several different reverbs and delays that can do some crazy shit. There are downloadable oscillators and effects as well but I haven't really explored them. Only downside is it's pretty small and flimsy, so more like a Monotron than a Volca in terms of build.

paolo, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 09:37 (two years ago) link

Austin I'd def give the volca drum a try - you can get more, and more weird, sounds from it. all digital but lots of tone shaping on offer, plus sequencer does probability and stuff like that to get you out of endlessly sticking with the same loop.

this guy fakes a Lyra 8 with it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWbdrH5qcgM

the beats is analogue kick and snare matched with sampled hats and other percussion, it's sorta nothing you can't get from a decent sample pack.

2 Markov Chainz (haitch), Thursday, 14 January 2021 16:22 (two years ago) link

Wow! I have no interest in using it for drums, but a lot of interest in using it for non-drum applications.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 14 January 2021 16:28 (two years ago) link

Hmmm. I keep going back and forth on whether I should get the drum. I used to play music with a buddy but I moved away and lack music buddies here. I've got a looping pedal but it gets boring after a while and I feel like a new piece of gear might be what I need to get back to it.

Is it pretty intuitive to use? I had an Alesis awhile back and I had a very hard time figuring it out.

Cow_Art, Thursday, 14 January 2021 21:41 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEggWkX2Lns]
(not a Volca and more expensive but maybe a bit like a more flexible Beats?)

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 19:28 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Is it pretty intuitive to use? I had an Alesis awhile back and I had a very hard time figuring it out.
forgot to give an answer on this, sorry! so, it is and it isn't. you get six drum voices and you can do what you like with them, no preset 'kick' 'snare' etc, which means dialling in sounds from scratch will take longer (no real templates for each).

you also need to grasp that you get two layers per voice, which is good for doing one short sharp sound and another longer tailed one to combine the two.

2 Markov Chainz (haitch), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 13:12 (one year ago) link

I tried using the 'Edit' function of the Volca FM for the first time, attempting to do some actual patch programming (or just get the LFO set to pitch for a given patch!). I watched a tutorial and it seemed like the parameters coming up on mine did not match what the video guy had, idk.

I'm still getting great results just by twiddling knobs, you can get a long way from the presets just by changing the algorithm and adjusting decay & velocity. I may never learn it properly but I'm still getting more tracks out of it than maybe any synth I've owned.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:10 (one year ago) link

Nice to hear you're getting good use out of it, Jordan! The Volca FM is the first synth I bought, 3 years ago. I ended up selling it in part because I couldn't get my head (and fingers) around programming it.

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 17:18 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Loki hates lo-fi delays I guess?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW948Va-l10

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 9 April 2021 18:30 (one year ago) link

(that's supposed to start at 33 seconds in)

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 9 April 2021 18:31 (one year ago) link

tax marvel

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Friday, 9 April 2021 18:38 (one year ago) link

It's a streaming series, no budget for a Minilogue (much less a Kyra or something)

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 9 April 2021 18:43 (one year ago) link

If this had been a late 70s BBC series, it would have been a Stylophone.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 9 April 2021 22:05 (one year ago) link


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