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Old 06-09-2014, 07:04 PM   #41
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Yea. I have a Volca Keys now. I'm not really into it TBH...but also TBH...I haven't really, really tried playing it live much. I was generally underwhelmed by the sound. When the new sampling electribe comes out, the Volca Keys is gone.
Yeh, the bass was the only one out of the three that really appealed to me, I think I'd want something more versatile if I was looking for a lead synth, but for basic analog bass tones, it does the job pretty well.

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Old 06-09-2014, 08:28 PM   #42
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Re: Korg Volca Bass\Beats\Keys

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also, you can kinda emulate the missing accent option by splitting up the vco groups and programming the third oscillator in where you want accents.
External programming only, of course, but CC48 for env to cuttoff amount if you ever use it with a DAW or something. Can even put together with env. time CC for pretty good accent.
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:03 AM   #43
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Re: Korg Volca Bass\Beats\Keys

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External programming only, of course, but CC48 for env to cuttoff amount if you ever use it with a DAW or something. Can even put together with env. time CC for pretty good accent.
Yeah, I've found a couple max4live patches that do some cool stuff, I got this one: [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]

which is pretty neat, but seems kinda unreliable, randomly stops working at times.
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Re: Korg Volca

I have my Volca Bass for one week now and I totally fell in love with it, but the fact, that you need an IPhone to load samples into the Volca Sampler makes it absolutely useless for me.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:47 PM   #45
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I have my Volca Bass for one week now and I totally fell in love with it, but the fact, that you need an IPhone to load samples into the Volca Sampler makes it absolutely useless for me.
Yeh, don't know what they were thinking making it so platform specific!
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Old 19-09-2014, 11:06 AM   #46
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Yeh, don't know what they were thinking making it so platform specific!
Probaply just $$$$...

Anyways, is it correct, that the Volca Keys OSCs are only capable of saw waves?
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Old 19-09-2014, 11:52 AM   #47
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Anyways, is it correct, that the Volca Keys OSCs are only capable of saw waves?
Yeah, that's right. The LFO can be set to triangle, saw and square.

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Old 20-09-2014, 11:16 AM   #48
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Re: Korg Volca

Thank you Hmm, Im thinking about getting one myself...At least the Volca Bass is awesome!
Maybe i can persuade my wife once more
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Old 26-09-2014, 09:53 AM   #49
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Re: Korg Volca

I have the Keys and Bass. Sure, they are limited in their own ways, but I must say, I enjoy quite a lot tweaking them. I have squeezed out the Keys quite a lot by now, and it has somehow an interesting character sound to it. Not using the bass so much, I never really were into Acid (i know you can use it as a standard bass-generator) but to me, it just relates to a TB303 in many ways. Filter is a bit too aggressive to my liking, but, you can definitely get some nice analogue sounds out of it.

for this price, it is definitely a no-brainer. I wont get the new sample though, and will save money to get the TR08 instead of investing in the volca beats.
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Old 30-09-2014, 08:45 PM   #50
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Re: Korg Volca

I have tried out the drums but i didnt think much of it.. kind of weak base and the stutter function could be used nice but more times than not it sounds awful.
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Old 17-12-2014, 11:28 PM   #51
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Re: Korg Volca

I recently stumbled across that manner of using guitar fx pedals for synths. Now i wonder which type would suit my Volca Bass best...Any recommendations?

Tbh, i rarely use fx on my basses, usually just dynamic processing, but i'm going to purchase a Korg Volca Keys and a Waldorf Rocket as soon as my budget allows. I reckon i won't benefit from a compressor pedal?
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Old 17-12-2014, 11:46 PM   #52
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Re: Korg Volca

I tend to use an old Boss Metal Zone MT-2 distortion pedal on lots of stuff.
A chorus pedal can make a synth really shine, same for a delay

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Old 18-12-2014, 02:49 AM   #53
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Re: Korg Volca

KK thx.

Btw, do guitar pedals usually provide Line In?

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Re: Korg Volca

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KK thx.

Btw, do guitar pedals usually provide Line In?
No, but they're usually fine with it.

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Old 19-12-2014, 05:52 AM   #55
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Re: Korg Volca

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Yeh, the bass was the only one out of the three that really appealed to me, I think I'd want something more versatile if I was looking for a lead synth, but for basic analog bass tones, it does the job pretty well.
Okay I lied, I have the Keys now, Merry Christmas to me!
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Old 19-12-2014, 06:08 AM   #56
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Re: Korg Volca

Personally the more I use the Keys the more I am utterly disappointed with it. At least for paraphonic/polyphonic duties. I'm glad I only paid about 100 for it...

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Re: Korg Volca

^ Interesting, I thought their polyphonic character was one of their assets ... I do enjoy the sort of brittle saw sounds that I heard in different reviews. I might end up buying the trio anyway.

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Re: Korg Volca

It might just be me, but it seems like a massive choir to get it to sound good. Like most of the time I'm running it through a second delay and a second analog filter to make it sound passable. Maybe I'm just being a snob. Its very, very noisy.

I'd rather run an iPad synth through my analog filter and a delay pedal at this point.

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Old 22-12-2014, 08:56 AM   #59
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Re: Korg Volca

I actually kinda hated it for the first hour or so, but once I got into the motion sequencer and just starting really messing with it, I've been enjoying some of the stuff I've coaxed out of it. After using the Bass, I'd say it wowed me a little less by comparison, but I find it a good accompaniment. Not the sort of thing I'd use for main lines or something, but I can get some good bleepy accompaniments out of it! I actually really like the two of them together, a bit of acid-y bassline on the Bass with step triggered detuned saws on Keys with tons of little motion sequences can actually make for some pretty interesting interplay.

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Re: Volca Synths by Korg

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Have you seen these new synths coming out? Entirely analog and small enough to take anywhere, They come out in June... I'm getting them for sure!

I can't post a link yet, dammit. Google it! lol
I have had the drums and the bass. I sold them very quickly because the drums don't have a rimtap or cowbell, yet found room in there to include the useless agogo. The bass did not do any kind of decent 303 sound.

The sampler looks exciting though.

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