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Korg Volca Series Analog Synthesizers

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• Created: June 17, 2013

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Following in the footsteps of the Korg Monotron, Monotribe, and the MS-20 Mini synth, these next-generation true-analog instruments offer on-the-go sounds with MIDI functionality. Each instrument features a loop sequencer for intuitively generating and recalling phrase-based performances. 

The Volca Keys, a 27-key analog lead synth, uses three oscillators that can be tuned against each other in a variety of ways—from one part unison to three-part chords–to provide the versatility needed to create a diversity of sounds. The synth includes a filter section that utilizes the circuitry of the classic miniKORG700S (1974) plus an interface that includes delay effects and a 16-step sequencer.

The Volca Bass is an analog bass line groove box that’s capable of generating a wide range of bass lines. Its step sequencer–distilled from Korg’s Electribe series–offers a convenient, visually intuitive way to generate “free form” bass loops to stimulate inspiration. The three oscillators can be combined in several ways via a voicing function.

The Volca Beats offers six fat analog drum sounds: Kick, Snare, Hi Tom, Lo Tom, Closed Hi Hat, and Open Hi Hat. A PCM sound engine is also included for generating clap, crash and others sounds that are better suited for PCM. Simple knob-based parameters can be used to quickly create a variety of drum sounds. In addition, a 16-part sequencer is included to easily add or remove parts.

Retail price: $149.99. 

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