Korg Volca Series – New Analog Mini-Synths

Following in the footsteps of the Monotron, Monotribe and MS-20 Mini analog synthesizers, Korg announces the Volca series. Volca is a new lineup comprised of three distinct models: the Volca Keys lead synthesizer, the Volca Bass synthesizer, and the Volca Beats rhythm machine.

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VOLCA KEYS

This 27-key analog lead synth delivers powerful sound in a compact body. Starting with a filter section that uses the circuitry of the legendary miniKORG700S (1974), it delivers analog sound that takes full advantage of Korg’s half-century of know-how in circuit design.

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The highlights:

– The synth …

  • Three note true analogue synthesis
  • Voicing function lets anyone create sounds easily
  • Delay effect for even more sonic possibilities

– The loop sequencer …

  • Loop sequencer lets you record phases just as you play them
  • Motion Sequencer records knob edits in real time
  • Active Step function and Flux function to add dynamic change to your sequences

– Functions for ease of use

  • Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker

VOLCA BASS

The volca Bass is an analog groove box that has what you need for a wide range of bass lines. This is a powerful analog bass sound creation and an Electribe-inspired sequencer for the ultimate bass lines …

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The highlights:

– Powerful analog bass sounds

  • Three analogue oscillators for thick, huge bass line
  • Newly designed analog filter for crisp, bright response
  • Simple structure with single VCF, VCA, LFO, and EG

– Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series

  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Slide function that’s indispensable for acid and other types of electronic music
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps

– Convenient functions for ease of use

  • Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power

Interesting: parts of the Volca Bass look quite similar to Roland’s TB-303 …

VOLCA BEATS

Last, but not least: the (analog) drum computer. The Volca Beats gives you analog drums plus the easy-to-use step sequencer of the Electribe. It lets you generate analog beats with the best high quality sounds.

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The highlights:

– Powerful analog drum sounds

  • Real analog sounds created with reference to classic rhythm machines
  • Six editable analogue parts with one knob per function for easy editing
  • Maximum effect from minimal parameters – a unique advantage of analog
  • PCM sound engine expands possibilities when used with analog sounds

– Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series

  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Stutter function generates repeated triggers that dramatically change the sequence
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps.
  • Step Jump function instantly plays only the step you’re pressing

– Convenient functions for incredible ease of use

  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • MIDI In for note entry, plus external sync and control from your DAW
  • Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power

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So, this is a powerful new analog synth package from Korg. A Mini-Synthesizer (with unison mode and ring modulation), a bass synthesizer and a new drum box. With real knobs, SYNC and – very nice – MIDI.

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More info: http://www.korg.com/volcaseries

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