Korg USA has announced the Volca series of portable, and very cute, analog synthesizers. There are three models, all with MIDI functionality: the Volca Keys lead synthesizer, the Volca Bass synthesizer and the Volca Beats rhythm machine.
Each instrument features a loop sequencer for generating and recalling its own phrase-based performance. Volcas use a vintage-style sync in/out or will accept MIDI In to control them together as team players. A good synth for mobile music making and creation, the optional battery operation and built-in speakers allow them to play anywhere—even on the beach—but mind the sand and surf.
This 27-key Volca Keys lead synth generates sounds that belie its diminutive size. It has three oscillators, a filter section similar to the classic miniKORG700S, delay effects, and a 16-step sequencer.
The Volca Bass, also with three oscillators, is an analog bass line synth and a step sequencer pulled from Korg’s Electribe series.
The Volca Beats has six, true analog drum sounds: Kick, Snare, Hi Tom, Lo Tom, Closed Hi Hat and Open Hi Hat. A separate PCM sound engine generates clap, crash and other fizzy sounds. The Volca Series’ nearly infinite adjustability—down to “in between the cracks” of each parameter is only possible using real analog synthesis. In addition, a 16-part sequencer is included to easily add or remove parts.
The three Volca Series synths each sell for $149.99 MAP. Additional product information is available at http://korg.com/volcaseries.
By Barry Rudolph
miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.