VIDEO OVERVIEW BY TATSUYA TAKAHASHI (KORG CHIEF ENGINEER)
Part of the new lineup of EDM production tools comprised of three distinct models: the Volca Keys lead synthesizer, the volca Bass synthesizer, and the Volca Beats rhythm machine.
Real analog sounds created with reference to classic rhythm machines (True analog sounds) : Volca beats provides six of the sounds for which the greatness of analog shines most clearly: Kick,Snare, Hi Tom, Lo Tom, Closed Hi Hat, and Open Hi Hat.
The PCM sound engine is used to cover sounds for which an analog synth is unsuited, such as Clap, Claves, Agogo, and Crash.
You can also create even more distinctive sounds by changing the PCM Speed to dramatically raise or lower the pitch.
Some great features:
Real-time recording and Electribe inspired step sequencer ,
This step sequencer is designed to make editing easy and to let you add or remove parts in an improvisational way.
You can use the 16 step keys to intuitively enter notes while visually monitoring the timing of the notes within the measure.
You can also play the touch panel keyboard to record in real time.
Up to eight sequence patterns you create can be stored in internal memory.
Stutter function generates repeated triggers that dramatically change the sequence
You can use the Stutter function to dramatically expand your live performance possibilities by adding drum rolls or delay-like effects.
Transform the feel of the entire pattern, or as a fill when switching patterns.
Movements of the Stutter knob can also be recorded in a sequence.
Active Step function and Step Jump function generate new beats by inserting or removing steps
The Active Step function lets you skip a step during sequence playback; the Step Jump function instantly plays only the step you're pressing.
It can create effects similar to a short loop or unexpectedly irregular rhythms, allowing dynamic performances just as though you were performing the sequence itself.
The sync jack allows playback with multiple volcas or with a monotribe.
You can also use the "SyncKontrol" iPhone app to wirelessly control tap tempo, swing settings, and synchronized playback with iOS music apps via WIST.
The MIDI IN connector lets you synchronize with other devices as well as play the volca from your MIDI keyboard. (The Korg Taktile series controller is the perfect companion) You can also send note messages from your DAW and use the volca as an analog sound module.
(1) VOLCA BEATS
(6) AA BATTERIES
(1) AC ADAPTER (BONUS)
Multi touch trigger pad / step key
Analog synthesis (Kick, Snare, Hi Tom, Lo Tom, Closed Hi Hat/Open Hi Hat)
PCM synthesis (Clap, Claves, Agogo, Crash)
Click, Pitch, Decay, Part Level
Snappy, Pitch, Decay, Part Level
Hi Pitch, Lo Pitch, Decay, Part Level
Closed Decay, Open Decay, Grain, Part Level
PCM Speed, Part Level
Number of part
Number of Steps
Number of Recording Patterns
Headphones (3.5mm stereo mini jack)
Sync In (3.5mm monaural mini jack, Maximum input level: 20V) , Sync Out (3.5mm monaural mini jack, Maximum Output level: 5V)
Approximately 10 hours (using alkaline batteries)
AA alkaline battery ×6
AA nickel-metal hydride battery ×6
AC adapter “KA-350” (optional)
AA alkaline battery ×6 (for verifying operation)
AC adapter “KA-350”
(W x D x H)
193 × 115 ×45 mm / 7.61 x 4.54 x 1.78 inches
372 g / 0.82lbs (Excluding batteries)