At Musikmesse 2013, Korg today announced the Volca Beats – one of a trio of new Volca analog synthesizers with built-in sequencers. The Volca true-analog instruments combine mobility along with MIDI functionality.
The Volca Beats offers six analog drum sounds:
- Hi Tom
- Lo Tom
- Closed Hi Hat, and
- Open Hi Hat.
According to Korg, the Volca Beats offers “a wide array of sound variations that could not be produced by any means other than analog, with special emphasis on the sounds that are considered indispensable for dance music.”
A PCM sound engine is also included for generating clap, crash and others sounds that are better suited for PCM. Knob control can be used to quickly create a variety of drum sounds. For example, by using the three knobs (Click, Pitch, and Decay), a variety of kick sounds can be crafted, ranging from rough sounds that dominate the low range to tight sounds that keep a precise beat. In addition, a 16-part sequencer is included.
The series is comprised of three models:
- the Volca Keys lead synthesizer;
- the Volca Bass synthesizer; and
- the Volca Beats rhythm machine.
All models provide carefully selected parameters that allow users to create the distinctive sounds of a true analog synthesizer. Each instrument features a loop sequencer for generating and recalling phrase-based performances. Multiple Volcas can be used in tandem thanks to vintage-style sync in/out, or as synth module via MIDI In. Optional battery operation and built-in speakers provide the ability to play anywhere at any time.
volca Beats : SPECIFICATIONS
Multi touch trigger pad / step key
Analog synthesis (Kick, Snare, Hi Tom, Lo Tom, Closed Hi Hat/Open Hi Hat)
PCM synthesis (Clap, Claves, Agogo, Crash)
Click, Pitch, Decay, Part Level
Snappy, Pitch, Decay, Part Level
Hi Pitch, Lo Pitch, Decay, Part Level
Closed Decay, Open Decay, Grain, Part Level
PCM Speed, Part Level
Number of Parts:
Number of Ssteps:
Number of Recording Patterns:
Headphones (3.5mm 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 ×45 mm / 7.61 x 4.54 x 1.78 inches
372 g / 0.82lbs (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 Beats will be available in July 2013 for a U.S. street price of $149.99. Additional product information is available at Korg.com