Korg Volca Synths

Korg have just announced the Korg Volca synth series: three battery powered analogue synths with their own speakers, and I’m hearing $150 each which is a pretty sweet price…

Korg Volca Beats

Korg Volca

  • Analogue Drum machine
  • Analogue Kick, Snare, Low/High Tom, and Open/Closed hats
  • PCM samples for Agogo, Crash, and Clap
  • 16 step sequencer with 10 parts and 8 patterns
  • ‘Stutter’ effect that allows beat repeats

Korg Volca Keys

Korg Volca Keys

  • 3 note polyphonic single oscillator analogue synth
  • Polyphony can be used for unison, auto-fifths, octaves, and ring mod
  • Delay effect
  • Loop sequencer for live recording of phrases
  • Self syncing VCOs

Korg Volca Bass

Korg Volca Bass

  • Three oscillator monophonic analogue synth
  • Square and Saw waves
  • Single VCF, VCA, LFO, and Envelope Generator
  • 16 step sequencer with 303-like ‘slide’ function

General

Connectivity is handled with MIDI in as well as a proprietary sync in/out that allows multiple Korg Volcas, as well as the Korg Monotribe, to connect up hassle free. Not only that, but Korg’s own SyncKontrol app can wirelessly interface with the Volcas to control tap tempo, swing, and sync with WIST enabled iOS apps. There’s a single 3.5mm headphone output to get the sound out of the synths and into your DAW (or whatever else you’re using to record) too.

All the Korg Volcas are fairly basic, but they each have some cool features that make them worth your interest – especially for the price: the Volca Beats is one of the only analogue drum machines I can think of that’s come out in recent history at the sub $150 mark, ditto for the polyphonic nature of the Volca Keys, and the three oscillator, ‘true’ analogue design of the Volca Bass right down to VCOs is similarly interesting (drift issues with VCOs have been dealt with by the self tuning mechanism).

Anyone excited?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561428757 Robert T Wilson

    these look to be fantastic value!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rawdriguez Ian RaWdriguez

    Im pretty excited! At that price point, its never been more attractive to jump into the analogue production hardware realm for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rawdriguez Ian RaWdriguez

    Im pretty excited! At that price point, its never been more attractive to jump into the analogue production hardware realm for me.

  • Rhapz

    Would be nice to get our hands on one of these for OD :)

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