Korg Intros Affordable Volca Analog Synth Line


Korg today officially announced the volca line of analog synthesizers at Musikmesse 2013.

The volca series consists of three units:

Here’s a video demo of the volca analog synthesizers in action:

Shared Features:

  • SYNC jack and MIDI IN connector allow synchronized performance with multiple units or with your DAW. By using the sync jack you can enjoy synchronized playback with multiple volcas or with a monotribe. You can also use the “SyncKontrol” iPhone app to wirelessly control tap tempo, swing settings, and synchronized playback with iOS music apps via WIST.
  • The MIDI IN connector lets you synchronize with other devices, as well as play the volca from any MIDI keyboard. You can also send note messages from your DAW and use the volca as an analog sound module.
  • Self-tuning function (volca Bass and Keys only) – Volca includes a self-tuning function that constantly tunes the oscillators. You’ll never need to tune during a performance, or wait for the pitch to stabilize after turning the power on.
  • Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker for enjoyment anywhere. With its compact size, battery operation, and built-in speaker, it’s easy to take the volca anywhere and perform any time.

Each of the volca synths are priced at US $150 and is expected to be available in July.

via Edward

86 thoughts on “Korg Intros Affordable Volca Analog Synth Line

  1. Very cool. Roland missed the synth bus a long time ago. They should just stick to making pedals and improving their line.

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  2. First, I was saving for an arturia minibrute.Then Korg introduced the MS20 so i changeed my mind started saving for IT.Today i saw a video of the new novation bassstation 2 and I must say it looks and sound REALLY cool.Like…COOL!And now these 3?I really dont know anymore what to buy with my small amount of cash!? Still, I think ill go with the MS20.Its the best choice in my oppinion.

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    1. It really depends on what you’re trying to do with what you’re buying, but for versatility and ease of use, I’d say these 3 can’t be beat. If you already have other hardware that can fill some of these roles then it’s a different ballgame.

      I’d say if you’re buying your first hardware, or you don’t have a ton of patience for deep synthesis go with these 3. If you’re looking to REALLY tweak out sounds and you want to be able to create some of those modular-like early electronic type sound effects (not to mention killer leads and gritty bass) then go for an MS-20. I don’t have any personal experience with the arturia or novation, although they look awesome, but again, with the volcas you’ve got a full range of talents, though none too deep.

      The biggest difference between these 3 and the others you mentioned is sequencing– basically what separates a “groovebox” from a synthesizer-as-instrument within a larger production setup

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  3. Nice demo. Korg seems as tuned in to its market as the modular builders like Wiard & MOTM. I think I admire their marketing savvy in this case even more than the actual devices. I can make any of these sounds in my sleep, with pretty much any synth. That brings these back to looking like toys you’d haul to the beach as much as serious instruments. That doesn’t mean they can’t be, in fairness, but it feels like instant potatoes in a bag to me. I’m spoiled and one saw/square/sine-type oscillator or a mere 8-12 drum sounds aren’t enough these days. Awwww, poor little me, right? Heh. I sure can’t dis the sound quality, though. It seems good and beefy, but then, Korg gear stopped sounding thin waaay back when.

    Likewise, I had great fun sampling bits of the Monotron I bought for a friend, so its easy to see why many will get wood from the idea of linking all three Voicas. Someone is bound to end up triggering one from a King Korg, too. Its *supposed* to be fun and not everyone is ready for a Kronos. Just keep in mind that you can ask more of your gear than the obvious. These are clearly going to be popular, but there’s always an added mystery layer under the first bank of presets or the main knobs. I hope a few users will bring that out.

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    1. Blegh. No need for the synth snobbery. Pretty much every groovebox ever created was declared a “toy” by the people with the big synths. I worked in a music store in the 80s and took in a lot of 303s in trade because they were toys. But just look at who is actually making music and with what. Devices like this help get people out from under their computer and back into the fun of just, well, grooving. Plus, a three voice analog for $150? That’s just nuts. I want to crack that thing open and see what’s on the PCB. Small enough to be fun, cheap enough to hack.

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      1. Its less snobbery and more like restlessness. Have you ever heard any early solo work by Bill Nelson? He used a LOT of treated Casios, but it was unlike what anyone else was doing and it was outstanding, with no cheese factor to be heard. If your ideas are happening, the gear used becomes mostly meaningless.

        Again, I love Korg gear and they’re really on a roll lately. The Volcas deserve to sell well. I’d just like to see a button you can push that forces you to try three variations on whatever you write. If there was a more direct way to nudge people away from the easier uses part of the time, we’d probably hear a little more Bill Nelson in new music. I don’t mind if you want to sound like Daft Punk; just don’t sound like ONLY Daft Punk. You can do that and then some.

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  4. When exactly was it that Korg became the best company ever? They really are the only (big name) manufacturer around that knows what they’re doing– and do they ever.

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  5. I have to back up on one of my comments. The Volca Keys has THREE oscillators, not just one. An added gold star to Korg for upping the ante there.

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  6. Korg really seem to be relentless. These little boxes are affordable and will allow a lot of young people to experience a real synth for the first time. You can add them to other gear as your needs or budget allow and they look like simple fun to use.

    The little MS-20 is far from a toy and has a lot more synthesis ability than the Bass Station or MiniBrute.

    The King Korg sounds excellent and I think Mrs. shadow may get one for her birthday soon.

    Now they have a little workstation with more PCM memory than the M50 for $700?

    Bravo Korg!

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  7. Well there you go, Korg beats Roland to the 303 reissue. Yeah I know, not quite, Korg and Roland have very different sounds, I’m more referring to product focus and design. $150 for a compact battery powered analog bass synth with sync/midi capabilities? Yup, that’s how it should be done. Roland in 2013? A backing keyboard for lounge musicians, a couple of *yawn* digital pianos, and… not one but two digital accordions? Roland is back, apparently.

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    1. I think Roland has gone rather “white-bread” due to US. How so? Because people buy digipianos and more basic instruments at several times the rate of synthesizers. The anti-Roland jabber bothers me, because I see their gear everywhere. There’s a REASON for that! However, when someone moans about the lack of innovation, I always think of the V-Synth, especially the GT model. It has a couple of minor drawbacks like stingy onboard memory, but if you really want to synthesize some fluid, ear-grabbing sounds for real-time playing, its huge and unlike anything else in one box.

      The thing is…. super-innovative tech is not cheap to design or manufacture. For every person who can afford about $3500 for a GT *and* really knows how to wring it out, 50 more will probably aim for a piano, a simpler synth or even a computer-based rig. $3500 will buy a lot power.

      If you want to encourage more super-synths, the fix is easy: you and 10 of your pals should buy more $3-4k synths and use them for more than just dance. An audience can’t rise to a more sophisticated level of listening if you never show them where the guideposts are. Besides, we’re monkeys who like familiarity, so I admire the risk-takers even more. Don’t dis Roland for not releasing a new D-50 every 6 months. Think about WHY they don’t. Its not a simple issue.

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