Korg’s Volca Sample has been one of their most hotly debated recent introductions.
The new Volca is inexpensive (street price around $160) for a sample sequencer – but Korg makes that price point by leaving out sampling hardware. So you can sequence samples, mangle samples and load it up with your custom samples – but it depends on an external app to do the sampling and sample management.
And, while Korg has released a free sampling tool for the Volca Sample, AudioPocket, the app is only available for iOS.
Now Korg is opening up sampling for the Volca Sample to everything and everyone. Korg has released a free software development kit (SDK), designed to help developers create apps that can talk to the Volca Sample.
Korg today released another video preview of the Volca Sample, a new sample player/sequencer that lets you edit and sequence up to 100 sample sounds in realtime. Continue reading
In this video, Jeremy Bell demonstrates his DIY “alpha version” of the ScrubBoard – a new instrument designed for scratching with audio tape. Continue reading
This video, via Nick Maynard of EXPLORING AUDIO, takes a look at using a Tascam Portastudio as sort of sample playback instrument. Continue reading
Korg today introduced the Volca Sample – a sample player/sequencer that lets you edit and sequence up to 100 sample sounds in realtime.
According to Korg, the new Volca “lets you recapture the excitement of the first generation of samplers, in which any sound — vocals, spoken words, ambient sound, or glitches — becomes material for your creations!”
The latest in the Volca series is a sample sequencer – it does not let you create new samples. Korg offers a free companion app for iOS that lets you load samples and create new samples.
Here’s a video intro to the Korg Volca Sample: Continue reading
Korg today introduced the Electribe Sampler Music Production Station, a new sampler in the Electribe series that’s designed to be a simple and fast sampler for live performance and music production.
According to Korg, “The Electribe sampler has been reborn, with cutting-edge technology inherited from popular Korg products such as the KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile.”
The internal memory lets you save 250 patterns, including preset patterns. There’s also support for the polyphonic playback, for house music style chord progressions and more. Continue reading
Sampleslicer – a new Euro module now in development – is a real-time sampler/slicer for your modular Eurorack system, that creator Jan Willem says take it ‘far beyond the scope of a regular sample-player’.
The Sampleslicer is a real-time monophonic sampler, including a 16 step voltage-controlled sequencer.The incoming sound is chopped up automatically into 16 parts by the incoming clock signal and spread out over the 16 steps in the internal sequencer. Continue reading
This video takes a hands-on look at the new Akai MPX16 sampler.
The MPX16 is a sample player with onboard sound recording. Samples are saved to an SD card, and can be played back using either the unit’s MPC-style pads or via external MIDI device, via USB-MIDI and 3.5mm (1/4-inch) MIDI inputs. Continue reading