At Musikmesse 2013, Korg today announced the Volca Bass – one of a trio of new Volca analog synthesizers with built-in sequencers.
Following in the footsteps of the Korg Monotron, Monotribe, and the MS-20 Mini synth, these true-analog instruments offer on-the-go sounds and grooves along with MIDI functionality. The series is comprised of three models: the Volca Keys lead synthesizer; the Volca Bass synthesizer; and the Volca Beats rhythm machine.
The Volca Bass is an analog bassline groove box that’s capable of generating a wide range of bass lines. Korg says that the Volca Bass analog sound engine has an ‘unmistakable presence, with subtle nuances that cannot be reproduced by a digital simulation, making it ideally-suited for acid house and many other styles of electronic music’.
The Volca Bass step sequencer – distilled from Korg’s Electribe series – offers a way to generate bass loops. The three oscillators can be combined in several ways via a voicing function, to generate a variety of thick and modulated bass sounds.
Multi touch Keyboard / step key
3VCO, 1VCF, 1VCA, 1LFO, 1EG
Cutoff, Peak, EG Intensity
Low Pass Filter, 12 dB/oct
EG on/of, Sustain on/off
Rate, Intensity, Target (Amp, Pitch, Cutoff), Wave (Triangle, Square)
Attack, Decay/Release, Sustain
Number of parts:
Number of Steps:
Number of Recording Patterns:
Headphones (1/8” stereo mini jack)
Sync In (1/8” monaural mini jack, Maximum input level: 20V)
Sync Out (1/8” monaural mini jack, Maximum Output level: 5V)
6 AA alkaline or AA nickel-metal hydride batteries
or KA-350 AC adapter (optional)
Approximately 10 hours (using alkaline batteries)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
193 × 115 × 46 mm / 7.61 x 4.54 x 1.82 inches
370 g / 0.82 lbs (Excluding batteries)
KA-350 AC adapter
AA alkaline battery ×6 (for verifying operation)
Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for improvement.
The Volca Bass will be available in July 2013 for a U.S. street price of $149.99 each. Additional product information is available at Korg.com