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Korg volca mix Analog Performance Mixer

Ahead of the 2018 NAMM Show, Korg has officially announced the volca mix.

The Korg volca mix is a four-channel analog mixer, tailored to performance with volca series drum machines and synthesizers.

The volca mix provides two mono inputs and one stereo input. The jacks are mini-jacks, allowing you to make connections with just one stereo mini-cable from the headphone out of each volca unit.

The channel volumes use vertical faders. The gain can be boosted to adjust the mix balance, and mute buttons are also provided. Each channel is also equipped with a LO/HI CUT filter that lets you control the low and high frequency ranges with a single knob.

The output section provides RCA stereo line outputs. There’s a master volume with LED VU meter for adjusting the output level, as well as a headphone output that can be used simultaneously with the line output. It also features built-in speakers for mobile use.

The volca mix offers master effects, powered by all-analog circuitry. In addition to an expander that broadens a mono source into a stereo sound image, there’s a dynamic range compressor that compresses the high-frequency range according to level changes of the low-frequency region, as well as a side chain effect.

The volca mix also provides a stereo mini-jack send out and AUX in jack, and send level knobs for each channel. This allows you to use it with an external effect unit in a send/return connection.

The AUX in jack can also be used as a stereo input channel for a fourth volca unit, an iOS app, or any other gadget, instrument, or device.

The volca mix features an analog sync out jack that can easily be connected to many pieces of KORG gear for tempo sync, and also a play button and tempo knob to control that sync signal. By using the volca mix as the sync master device of your live setup, you can simultaneously play sequences from multiple synced units.

Three VOLCA DC OUT jacks are provided, and by connecting the included DC-DC cables you can supply power for up to three volca units.

The volca mix comes with AC adapter, DC-DC cables, and audio cables included.

Pricing and Availability

The Korg volca mix is expected to be available in Jan 2018 for US $169. See the Korg site for details.