Peerless beats generated by solid analog drum sounds and an Electribe-style 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 prod...
Szary, you were using Korg Volca Beats amongst other things live last tour... How has your set-up changed now? > Szary: "Now I'm opposite to Gernot and receive MIDI from him as well as some side signals from both Sascha and Gernot, which go into a little mixer. On my table I have two delays: a Strymon Timeline, which is a really great hybrid reverb/ delay; there's also a Tech 21 D.L.A. guitar delay that I've used since the first Moderat tour in 2009. It's new for me but I've got an MPC1000 with JJ O.S. That's mainly for additional samples and sounds, which I play on different tracks. There's also an Akai Rhythm Wolf drum machine, which is a fairly limited drum machine... [laughs] but the snare drum's nice!"more
Q: On the new album, the song “I’ll Still Destroy You” has an arrangement that begins with electronic beats and marimba. How much input did you have on the arrangements that include electronics? And what about the percussion on this track, the marimba and metal percussion elements? > On “I’ll Still Destroy You,” I think the electronic beat is something I programmed on a Korg Volca Beats [drum machine] that was then run through Ableton by Bryce. The marimba and metal were played by Jason Treuting and Eric Cha-Beach of So Percussion.more
At 6:08 in the video in which Celldweller shows off his studio to Future Music Magazine he shows where the devices are and then says "Here are the Volcas, I'm sure many people are familiar with these already. Again, fairly inexpensive. I think Korg is on their game because they're kinda bringing hardware back, they're bringing analog back, for those of us that are kind of a little burnt on the digital sound".more
Even today, more than thirty years after the age dominated by analog synthesizers, we just can't let go of the sound of analog rhythm machines. Those thick sounds have the power to stand up to guitar and acoustic drums, and are still indispensable for track-making or live performance. The volca beats gives you those analog drums plus the easy-to-use step sequencer of the Electribe; it lets you turn your inspiration into reality and generate beats with the best high quality sounds.more
Peerless beats generated by solid analog drum sounds and an Electribe-style 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!
Even today, more than thirty years after the age dominated by analog synthesizers, we just can't let go of the sound of analog rhythm machines. Those thick sounds have the power to stand up to guitar and acoustic drums, and are still indispensable for track-making or live performance. The volca Beats gives you those analog drums plus the easy-to-use step sequencer of the Electribe; it lets you turn your inspiration into reality and generate beats with the best high quality sounds.
Excellent value small factor drum machine. The analog sounds are all good but range from fantastic (kick) to hmmm not so good (snare), although the snare is better "in person" than it seemed on videos of people eager to mod the capacitor onto the circuit board. The PCM sounds are all very quiet compared to the analog ones though which means you would have to turn all the analog sounds down and then turn the main volume up which is fiddly and will probably get noisy. Love the colours of the unit though: feels like a 1970s hot tub, sports car, chocolate fondue set or something!
The Kick is awesome, you are limited in sound shaping but you get a lot of bang for the buck. Great for getting into drum synthesis. And a funny little tool for on the run jamming. I like it but it's not my favourite synth of the Korg Volca series (which is the Korg Volca Keys).
To be honest, I don't like it enough to use it as the main percussion in a track, but it is good at adding an analog feel to the drum part in a track. It's also surprisingly good at making some messed up, cool sounds which I love to do.
A brilliantly price tiny box of nothing but fun. I really enjoy playing around with the volca beats and I always love just making beats from scratch. As I own a unit with the snare mod all of the sounds are great except from the crash, its neither realistic like a 909 or like an 808 but except from that really good quality sounds. The level balancing could be improved e.g. the snare and kick are a little too loud in comparison to the hi-hats and the PCM sounds need to be a lot louder. There are a couple more things it could do with like shuffle and MIDI out and maybe the motion recording of all the analogue sound parameters but other than all that it is an excellent drum machine for the money and is THE drum machine to go for if you're on a small budget.
The Volca Beats drum machine is fun to use. Has a lot of neat features that integrate well for the studio. The only downfall is the snare drum, which has a bad distortion to it. However, custom modification instructions are available on Youtube.
but I have had trouble integrating it into my rig. That said it sounds good but can be noisy when recording. An interesting form factor and nice control of sounds and sequencer records parameters so has lots of potential but so far I am not able to totally take advantage of all this though I do plan to have another go at the Volcas and see if I can use it with my Novation SL MKIII.
The Volca Beats is part of a series of small, but versatile line of synthesizers known as the Volca range. It has 6 Analogue sounds and 4 PCM (Sampled) Sounds (which cannot be swapped out). People have an issue with the snare, as they feel that it does not have enough punch, but why? You don't need that extra punch, especially when layered with the kick and claps. The Hihats are reminiscent of the Roland C78 Hihats. The volca does offer a speaker for more portability but you can run this unit into headphones or a soundcard. My two issues with this is the low output level, meaning the signal has to be compressed when recording into my soundcard, and the only output on this device is the 3.5 mm Jack meant for headphones that are aimed at the average Joe. I wish that it had a 6.5 mm jack to route to my soundcard, making for a much louder signal.
Haha even if it wasn't, this little fella has a lot of charm to him. And that kick is absolutely insane! Be warned: you will need to adjust it's volume in your mixes, it tends to want to be a hero.
...the kick, toms, agogo sound really good in all configurations and the hi hats sound cool as fuck when you mess with the grain setting in real time. Beware that of all the Volcas, the Beats has the greatest difference between what it sounds like through it's own speakers vs. headphones or a line feed. Like perhaps all Volcas, the MIDI implementation of the Beats is strong as Bunyan. I've been able to use a Squarp Pyramid MIDI CC track to get good sounds out of the Beats that I've not gotten out of any other drum machine, including the Tempst. And this, without any effects!
Love and hate as with other Volca gear. Snare is pretty bad, sounds like pure noise. Kick seems to be too low and no cutting through the mix really well. Has to me tamed and EQed a lot to get something decent.
It is a very cheap drum machine which can be used in many situations, but it has limits which you can dislike: only mono sound, you may dislike sounds. But it can be modded, used in experiments. And of course it is very simple. But for its price I think you wouldn't find anything.
Again a great volca. Nice long delaytime on the bass drum, good scatter FX, you NEED to mod it with snare fix because that one's just too flimsy. I modded my volca's with midi out so the sequencer puts out some nice patterned data.
I desperately want a stand alone drum machine that i can use either live or in the studio - something that sounds tight and professional, and that i can set up and edit on the fly. I'd probably run something like that through it's own effects board - put on some controllable distortion, a bit crusher, delays and such - hell, even build a few custom circuits into a rack for it.
I am Volca User of the first hour and of all 3 analog Volcas I use this most often, And especially the kick and the hi-hats! For me the perfect warm fat bass drum, both for electro sounds, as well as to simulate a "natural" kick.
I also like the analog toms, as well as Clap and the other PCM percussion sounds.
The Hi Hats are especially fun when you loosen rigid 16-figure figures using triplets with the help of Motion Record and Stutter. In general, Motion Record can generate very lively grooves. This also applies to the slightly weaker snare drum, which I like to use for subtle ghost notes, as it is perfect for that.
However, if you can handle soldering iron: There are numerous MODs for snare, MIDI-out, single outputs etc ... Because the biggest drawback for me and therefore a star deduction is the restriction to 16 steps at the sequencer, This can only be avoided with an external sequencer. Everything else can be done - with a bit of skill change yourself thanks to moding-friendly PCB.