We got to see a live demo and play with Korg’s new amazing series of analogue synths – the Volca, including the Volca keys, bass and beats range.
MusicRadar examines and demos the new compact, affordable Volca Beats, Bass and Keys analogue instruments from Korg.
Read their first look review here: http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/f…
KORG Volca Bass is a three oscillator (not only) bass synthesizer capable of very wicked sounds. On this video, some fiddling with front panel synth controls and function capabilities (osc waves, LFO routing, EG configuration, AMP control). Factory patterns courtesy of KORG.
KORG Volca Bass can use Active Step function for resize in real time the running pattern; is it possible to individually turn on/off each step and, as you can imagine, rhythmic alignment goes bananas. On this video, some experiments with standalone Active Step function on Volca Bass and, later on, some silly experiments with Volca Bass & Volca Drums TTL synched.
MIDI Implementation of KORG Volca Bass supports Real Time Messages (Start/Stop, Clock…), ALL the front panel controls (via CC numbers) and MIDI notes on/off for using Volca Bass as “standard” mono Synth Expander. You have three analog square/saw oscs, a 12dB/Oct resonant filter, vca, EG ADSR/ADR, LFO…
KORG Volca Beats can be synched to ext MIDI Clock Source (with clock, start & stop) or with an analog TTL clock source. On this video, three experiments: a) Volca Beats under KORG Z1 Arpeggiator’s Clock (no start/stop transmitted); b) Volca Beats under TTL clock from Dark Time (no start/stop, no reset transmitted); c) Volca Beats under Gate 2 Out from Dark Time (start/stop extracted from analog gates, no reset). In all three cases, the internal Stutter delay time (in Volca Beats) is faithfully recalculated in real time at varying of external clock.
Nice work on the Volca Keys
Triple Volca’s in action, details below:
My first Volca Trio ensemble Playing something from scratch ( except Beats’ drum loop ) with all of Volca series, Beats, Bass and Keys. I forgot the passage of time when I played this, that’s why this became little bit longer video, sorry about it.
In this video bass and keys are controlled by MIDI keyboard ( KORG KROME ).
SFX by VOX DelayLab and Lexicon MX200.
Playing with Volca keys UNISON mode
KORG Volca Beat has two Motion Recorder for track parameter variations in Stutter Delay Depth + Time and PCM Sounds Playback Speed. While in Record, you can automate parameters and, with a bit of skill, you can enhance the whole pattern. Not easy as it seems, but effective.
The KORG Volca Beats has six analog sounds (Kick, Snare, Lo/Hi Tom, Closed/Open Hat) and four PCM sounds (Clap, Agogo, Clave, Crash). In this video, there’s a quick run on the internal sounds, with coverage of main parameters. Warning: do not attempt to hear sounds thru PC internal speakers… especially Kick sound goes very low. No music on this video, just internal sounds from Volca Beats.
Rough Googlish translation below:
I tried to use it as a “sound module” the volca keys. Song Kraftwerk (Clough
The Robots of the network) is a (robot).
The ~ I tried to sing with a vocoder so much trouble
Testing Volca keys FLUX function, details below:
“When turned off the FLUX, Volca records up to 16 steps quantized notes.
When turned on the FLUX, such limitation is gone.
Even if we make slow tempo setting we can record phrase with faster tempo.
I have no idea about note number limitation ( I wonder how many notes can we record in a loop ?) or time resolution when turned on the FLUX.
This FLUX function works fine with “UNISON” mode.
It also works with Poly mode of course but it is little bit difficult to manage.”