Korg broadcasts Volca analog synth collection, we go eyes-on
Korg’s love of the mini-analog synth clearly stays robust because it’s added three extra new ones to the fold — the Volca Beat, Volca Bass and Volca Keys (the clue to what they do is within the names). Whereas some companies take a professional product and work down, making cheaper variations, Korg appears to take a special strategy. It did the stripping-again factor when it launched its common Monotron synth. Since then, it is incrementally developed it again up into an entire class of its personal, the newest iteration of which we apparently see earlier than us right here. The trio of mini-synths clearly take inspiration from the Monotribe groovebox that got here earlier than them, however are a step up when it comes to design. Brushed metallic finishes give them a classic, virtually Stylophone really feel. The Volca Bass, particularly, appears virtually an excessive amount of just like the legendary Roland TB-303 to be coincidence, and if we did not know higher, we might say the colour scheme of the Beat echoes the TR-808. As we occurred to be in Frankfurt, we could not resist getting out palms on them, or as you will see previous the break, at the least making an attempt to. %Gallery-185299%
We actually needed to offer you a correct demo of the Volca collection, however Korg apparently had different concepts. Solely considered one of every gadget was on show, every firmly (and understandably) fastened right down to the show unit. We did handle to elbow our means by means of the ever current crowd and sneak in a pay attention although. Worry not, as Korg has offered a juicy demo video of its personal, that ought to fulfill your urge to listen to what they sound like. We did, nevertheless, get the prospect to have a fast play with them and get a really feel for the hardware.
First issues first, these are unmistakably Korg. The look, the texture, the very concept, is nearly turning into a signature of the model. A great stability between retro authenticity, paired with trendy wants (reasonably priced, analog sound, portability) undoubtedly makes them a tempting prospect to a variety of musicians. So it comes as no shock that Korg may maintain reinventing them. Sound-clever, it is extra of the identical. And once more, that is no dangerous factor. All three units carry out their respective elements properly, with that acquainted crunchy, lo-fi, but complicated analog-based mostly sound. This time, there’s full MIDI help throughout the board, with every unit sporting a 5-pin port proper up prime. This stated, they really work on their very own, too, with every one housing an inbuilt loop sequencer for phrase-based mostly efficiency, and might be sync’d to at least one one other. As earlier than with the Mono-collection, you possibly can run them on batteries and there is a loud speaker to annoy impress your mates with. Volca Keys has three oscillators and 27 (albeit small) keys to thumb at. Volca Bass additionally has a 3 oscillator configuration, and takes some inspiration from Korg’s Electribe vary within the type of its step-sequencer. As for Volca Beat? In addition to its true analog internals, there’s a PCM engine for punchy clap and snare sounds, and a selection of parameters to permit a catalog of various drum sounds to be generated. Frankly, we have been bought on them the second we laid eyes on them, however do not take our phrase for it, head south for the proof. Again already? Then the reply to your subsequent query is June, and $149 every.