Korg Volca Bass Delivers Analog Synth Power For $150


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


Analog synthesis


VCO Waves:
Saw, Square

Cutoff, Peak, EG Intensity

VCF Type:
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:


Audio Output:
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)



Power supply:
6 AA alkaline or AA nickel-metal hydride batteries
or KA-350 AC adapter (optional)

Battery Life:
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

18 thoughts on “Korg Volca Bass Delivers Analog Synth Power For $150

  1. WILL buy x3
    LOL at those thinking these were vapourware. They should know better when dealing with korg these days. Now Roland on the other hand… doubt away. Poor Roland, so safe, so boring, so sad…..

  2. touch ribbon instead of buttons, ballsy
    3.5 mm jacks instead of 1/4 inch, affordable
    midi in and dc9v in right on top surrounding the eg section… priceless
    I love it, great job korg

    1. Hm… I don’t know. Cool thing is that you can do glissando with ribbons. But the way it’s used here makes it look somewhat cheaper. Plus: Ribbons somehow share a big lack of HAPTICS and FEEDBACK with touchscreens.

  3. correction, now you can afford three 303s in a single box!!! 🙂 that bit about this being a three-part synth is kind of a mind blower.

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  5. Korg swallows my Money 🙁 😉 But its great. Roland and Yamaha are “Dead”
    but its a pity the bass has no official filter input ….but maybe they have a place on the curcuitboard for it 😉

  6. Grrrr, I just can’t buy any of them here in Sweden, it’s already 09 October 2013 and we got nothing in the stores, WTF???

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