Korg Volca Bass Review

This video, via freetacorrective, reviews the Korg Volca Bass analog synthesizer. 


  • Three analogue oscillators for thick, huge bass line
  • Newly designed analog filter for crisp, bright response
  • Simple structure with single VCF, VCA, LFO, and EG
  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Slide function for acid and other types of electronic music
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps
  • Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • Built-in speaker and optional battery power

The Kort Volca Bass has a street price of $150.

If you’ve used the Volca Bass, leave a comment and give us your take on it!

9 thoughts on “Korg Volca Bass Review

  1. The one thing I don’t get from this video is an answer to the question “does this have a realtime record mode?” i’e play something on the keyboard (or externally) and have that repeat?


  2. I’m so sick of waiting for mine that I’m actually going off the thing! I’ve been watching these YouTube videos for months now. Anyone got a clue when they’re expected to actually be available in the UK?

    1. Waiting like this kills, was told the day it would be in is tomorrow, however, also told to not trust it because it may not be… I just want to synth already! :/

  3. Having never owned a true TB303, I can only comment on my experience. I did own a MAM FB383 for some time years ago, but eventually sold it as it was never used. I have owned the Volka for a week now and have to say that everyone needs to know its limitations. It has limited sequencer memory for 2014, but if you use a DAW, just record into your DAW and its not a big deal. The internal speaker will fold on the low end. I am able to shake windows with the Volka through my KRK Rocket 6’s. The filter is superb! It get really nasty the higher you turn the Peak up. In unison mode with some patience, I have managed to get some really fat Reese Bass out of the Volka. The LFO on the filter also adds some interesting things to overall sound. Acid lines are a breeze on the Volka step edit and slide edit is very nice. All in all, This box walks all over the TB3 in my opinion. I went to music store wanting the TR8 and TB3 and left with the Volka Bass. The fact that you can buy a 3 osc mono synth for ~150 nowadays with a built in step sequencer is amazing. Korg really surprised me with this thing. There are some Max for Live devices that help with programming, and I have used them. They work. But honestly, I prefer to just sync over midi with Ableton and tweak away on it. Sounds great through a Distortion pedal. I would buy another just to be able to have 2 to play with live.

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