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Korg Volca Bass Analog Bass Machine  

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Following in the footsteps of the monotron, monotribe, and MS-20 Mini analog synthesizers, Korg announces the Volca series. volca is a new lineup of ...Read More

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Powerful analog bass sound creation and an Electribe-inspired sequencer.

Following in the footsteps of the monotron, monotribe, and MS-20 Mini analog synthesizers, Korg announces the Volca series. volca is a new lineup of EDM production tools. These powerful and fun-to-use true-analog devices deliver a diverse array of fat sounds that can be obtained only from an analog synthesizer. Each is also equipped with sequencing/recording capabilities for intuitively generating performances. Multiple volcas can be used in tandem via the vintage-style sync in/out, and with your favorite DAW software or MIDI keyboard via MIDI In. Battery operation and built-in speakers mean that you can conveniently play anywhere and anytime. These are the next-generation analog synthesizers, bringing you the ultimate sounds and grooves with ease and depth. Whether used together or by themselves, the volca series is poised to inject true analog power into any performance or studio setup!

Aggressive sounds that stand up to the drums; fat sounds that support the rhythm; funky sounds that generate a groove - the volca Bass is an analog groove box that has what you need for a wide range of bass lines.

Although simple in structure, the analog sound engine has an unmistakable presence with subtle nuances that cannot be reproduced by a digital simulation; it's a great choice for acid house and many other styles of music. The step sequencer distilled from the Electribe is not only visually intuitive; it's also a powerful way to generate "free form" bass loops that will stimulate your inspiration.

FEATURES
  • 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

Order Volca Bass, or the whole trifecta of synths from KORG's Volca Series today!

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KorgVolca Bass Analog Bass Machine
 
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3.0

Less Versatile than its Sister Synth

By Zym

from Hartford, CT

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Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Quality Filter

Cons

  • Limited Sequencer
  • Poor Keyboard Design

Best Uses

  • Introduction To Analogue

Comments about Korg Volca Bass Analog Bass Machine:

Next to the Volca Keys, the limitations of the Volca Bass become clear. The Bass utilizes a 16 step sequencer compared to the maximum 64 step of the Keys, houses an unconventional (and honestly confusing) half-step chromatic keyboard with swapped colors, and lacks motion sequence programming on key knobs, including filter. On the plus side, it is perhaps less noisy than the Volca Keys and possesses a more musical filter. Also, the independent control of the three oscilators (their tuning and waveform) is interesting and potentially powerful. Similar sounds, however, can be achieved with a detuned Unison or Octave mode on the Volca Keys. Perhaps you already own the Keys and are looking for a little variety, so the Bass is appealing to you. That was my perspective, only to be disappointed. After only two weeks, I was debating on replacing the unit with a second Keys unit, but decided on upgrading to the Microbrute, a more powerful analogue synth that, like the Keys, is equipped with a 64 step sequencer. If you're on a budget, I would recommend purchasing the Bass and giving it a couple weeks try, but don't be surprised when you get the urge for the features and flexibility of the Keys, even if you already own one.

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5.0

Not just for bass; a versatile monosynth

By dswo

from East Carolina

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fun
  • Hands-on Control
  • Price
  • Sound Quality

Cons

  • Limited Sequencer
  • Unintuitive Keyboard

Best Uses

  • Bass
  • Leads
  • Sequences

Comments about Korg Volca Bass Analog Bass Machine:

The Bass is misnamed. It can play bass, obviously, and it does look like the famous Roland TB-303 acid machine. But it doesn't sound like a 303 (watch Tim Webb's video on YT for a comparison), and its range isn't limited to bass notes. It's really an old-fashioned monosynth with three oscillators, one envelope, a nice-sounding filter, an LFO, and a 16-step sequencer. As such it can do leads as well as bass, Berlin-style blips, and even kick drums.

Limitations: I wish the envelope times were longer, for slower note build-ups and decays. I especially wish you could chain sequences together for more than 16 notes. It does have MIDI input, so you can plug in a larger keyboard or sequence it from your computer or iPad.

The sound is unmistakably analogue. If you've ever wondered, "Can I tell the difference?" this synth will answer the question. Digital synths (including software) have more features, but this synth has a rich sound that you'll hear new things in every time. It's also portable and inviting to play.

Right now its biggest competition comes from the Volca Keys and the Arturia Microbrute. The Microbrute is a much more capable synthesizer, with a real keyboard, for about twice the price. It's about twice the size of the Bass, but still portable. The Keys has a crunchier sound, which some players will prefer; it has a built-in digital delay (that generates some background noise); and it can record knob motions on most of the controls, which the Bass cannot. Some people prefer the Keys (in unison mode) for actual bass duties. The Volca Bass has a smoother filter than the Keys, less background noise, and more flexibility in the oscillators (in that you can choose square or saw for each). I prefer it as a straightforward monosynth. It's fun to play on its own and, because it has MIDI, it's easy to integrate with other instruments as a portable sound module.

Looks like a toy, sounds like a real instrument.

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