At Musikmesse 2013, Korg today announced the Volca Keys – one of a trio of new Volca analog synthesizers with built-in sequencers.
The Volca Keys is a 27-key analog lead synth that they say ‘generates sound that’s more powerful than its compact, low-profile body would suggest’. Its three oscillators can be tuned against each other in a variety of ways, from one part unison to three-part chords, to create a wide variety of sounds.
The Volca Keys’ filter section uses the circuitry of the classic miniKORG 700S (1974) plus an easy-to-use interface that includes delay effects and a 16-step sequencer.
Following in the footsteps of the Korg Monotron, Monotribe, and the MS-20 Mini synth, these true-analog Volca combine built-in sequencing with 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.
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.
3VCO, 1VCF, 1VCA, 1LFO, 1EG
Octave, Ring Modulation, Detune, Portamento, EG Intensity
Cutoff, Peak, EG Intensity
Low Pass Filter, 12 dB/oct
Rate, Pitch Int, Cutoff Int, Wave (Sawtooth, Triangle, Square)
Attack, Decay/Release, Sustain
Delay: Time, Feedback, Temp Sync
Number of parts:
Number of Steps:
Number of Recording Patterns:
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)
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 ×46 mm / 7.61 x 4.54 x 1.81 inches
377 g / 0.83 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 Korg Volca Keys will be available in July 2013 for a U.S. street price of $149.99 each. Additional product information is available at Korg.com