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KORG Volca-Bass Machine Analog Synthesizer

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  • Korg volca bass analogue bass step sequencer
  • Powerful analogue bass sound
  • Next generation of bass synthesizer
  • Loop sequencer distilled from the electribe
  • Built-in speaker, compact size and battery powered operation
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Item Weight372 g
Product Dimensions26.3 x 15.3 x 7.1 cm
Batteries:6 AA batteries required. (included)
Item model numberVOLCABASS
Number of Keyboard Keys16
Battery TypeAlkaline
Hardware PlatformCONSUMER_ELECTRONICS
  
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ASINB00CAKQCHS
Best Sellers Rank 2,912 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight998 g
Date First Available8 July 2013
  
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Korg Analogue Volca Bass Machine has powerful analog bass sound creation and an electribe-inspired sequencer for the ultimate bass lines powerful analog bass sound. 3 analogue oscillators for thick, huge bass line. Newly designed analog filter for crisp, bright response. Simple structure with single VCF, VCA, LFO, and EG Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series. Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches. Slide function that's indispensable for acid and other types of electronic music. Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps. Convenient functions for ease of use - self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch - the weak point of an analog synth. Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the Volca series as well as Korg's Monotribe. Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power.

Aggressive sounds that stand up to the drums, fat sounds that support the rhythm and funky sounds that generate a groove - the Korg Volca Bass is an analog groove box that has what you need for a wide range of bass lines. Although simple in structure, the analog sound engine has an unmistakable presence with subtle nuances that cannot be reproduced by a digital simulation. It's a ideal choice for acid house and many other styles of music. The step sequencer distilled from the Electribe is not only visually intuitive. It's also a powerful way to generate free form bass loops that will stimulate your inspiration. PSU KA-350 not included.

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Analogue Bass Machine Powerful analog bass sound creation and an Electribe-inspired sequencer for the ultimate bass lines Powerful analog bass sound - 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 Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series - Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches - Slide function that's indispensable for acid and other types of electronic music - Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps Convenient functions for ease of use - 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 - Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power Aggressive sounds that stand up to the drums; fat sounds that support the rhythm; funky sounds that generate a groove - the volca Bass is an analog groove box that has what you need for a wide range of bass lines. Although simple in structure, the analog sound engine has an unmistakable presence with subtle nuances that cannot be reproduced by a digital simulation; it's a great choice for acid house and many other styles of music. The step sequencer distilled from the Electribe is not only visually intuitive; it's also a powerful way to generate free form bass loops that will stimulate your inspiration. PSU KA-350 NOT INCLUDED

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By Gab on 10 July 2014
3 osc, analogue, big sound. At this price it is just too good to miss!
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By Boykin on 15 Jan 2014
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A present for my son who is studying music. He has found it to be an excellent additional to his collection of kit.
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By Richard on 11 Jan 2014
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I have connected my Akai XR20 drum machine to this to make the bass lines better using midi out and its awesome!! so much value in such a tiny synth.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not just for bass; a versatile monosynth 24 Jan 2014
By Dr. David Wilson-Okamura - Published on Amazon.com
The Bass is misnamed. It can play bass, obviously, and it does look like the famous Roland TB-303 acid machine. But it doesn't sound like a 303 (watch Tim Webb's video on YT for a comparison), and its range isn't limited to bass notes. It's really an old-fashioned monosynth with three oscillators, one envelope, a nice-sounding filter, an LFO, and a 16-step sequencer. As such it can do leads as well as bass, Berlin-style blips, and even kick drums.

Limitations: I wish the envelope times were longer, for slower note build-ups and decays. I especially wish you could chain sequences together for more than 16 notes. It does have MIDI input, so you can plug in a larger keyboard or sequence it from your computer or iPad.

The sound is unmistakably analogue. If you've ever wondered, "Can I tell the difference?" this synth will answer the question. Digital synths (including software) have more features, but this synth has a rich sound that you'll hear new things in every time. It's also portable and inviting to play.

Right now its biggest competition comes from the Volca Keys and the Arturia Microbrute. The Microbrute is a much more capable synthesizer, with a real keyboard, for about twice the price. It's about twice the size of the Bass, but still portable. The Keys has a crunchier sound, which some players will prefer; it has a built-in digital delay (that generates some background noise); and it can record knob motions on most of the controls, which the Bass cannot. Some people prefer the Keys (in unison mode) for actual bass duties. The Volca Bass has a smoother filter than the Keys, less background noise, and more flexibility in the oscillators (in that you can choose square or saw for each). I prefer it as a straightforward monosynth. It's fun to play on its own and, because it has MIDI, it's easy to integrate with other instruments as a portable sound module.

Looks like a toy, sounds like a real instrument.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Volca bass analog synth 12 Nov 2013
By Ryan Tolp - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, first things first..I'm 30 years old, from sothern California. My dad is a old school Dj that still performs at weddings & other events, but he started out in 1981 Dj'ing at "bobby mcgee restaurant & nightclub". After growing up around a whole family that revolves around music since I can remember, These devices bring back those memory's from the beginning for me! The way they even look & sound is almost a perfect mirror reflection of what I've experience from the past.
This review is for the "korg volca bass" so I'll tell you how it sounds to me. The volca bass sounds pretty much like the korg monotribe as far as quality goes, it's simple & great.
The operation & programming is why I love this unit the most! I'm a "real-time" performer, meaning when I play live or even in studio I prefer to pretty much keep the beat going simply put..I do not like sitting for longs periods of time editing music. For me I like to be in a "live event" type state of mind, I find i work better under pressure when there is always that "what if I mess up, ect" going on in my brain I just give all I got at that point. So this Volca bass & the other 2 units are great for someone that likes the process of creating, making,mixing,editing layers on layers of an infinite amount of variations music in front of people, these are made for you!
I'm not going in-depth with operation because I'm good at 95% of what these babies can really do so if you have any questions fill free to contact me. I don't know much about the "write" functions but everything els I'm good with. Basically I got all three at once because they make up the basics of music. Somtimes I find myself building a drum pattern first, then I work on the bass line, then I use the volca keys (or what I call it volca-synth) for many different things. What's nice is just making a few cords on the (flux) setting, making is record realtime without quantization all the patter of music. Meaning on flux mode it will not correct or off tones ect..but this allows for a more complex pattern to be recorded:) so after making a nice chord you can play on top of it or whatever you want.
The thing they don't tell you about all three of these unites especially the "keys" is that you under the right light condition, you can see right through these things! So in the middle of a mix you look down & it's pretty dang trippy some times! you can see the red led lights inside from parts of the sequencer actually blinking from the inside out while on the outside most the knobs blink/flash strobe, to show the movement that was recorded while playing in memory mode. Also I say "most" because there are a few knobs like "peak knob " if I remember right, that do not light up & they are not suppose to light up. So it's not broken or anything if your not seeing certain a knob/light not flash.
Some bad things, hard to use with my big hands but very doable.. Had to go to GC & buy like 70$ worth of korg A/c power supply's for them all still not bad..also I'd be willing to pay more if the had more functions & a little better built, I'm not complaining trust me. So that's all I have time for now. Thanks
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great first synth (and a great synth in general!) 3 April 2014
By Greg A - Published on Amazon.com
I'd been curious about playing with synthesizers for a long time and wanted to dip my toes in the water, so I looked around at inexpensive units that have sequencers and learned about Korg's Volca line. Watched a whole lot of videos and the Bass one really stood out (I may add on the Beats later, as I dig the bass drum sound on it quite a bit).

I absolutely adore the wealth of different sounds you can get out of this thing. Deep bass drops, 8-bit NES chiptune-like chords, and crazy oscillator-rhythms that you can tweak in all kinds of ways. There's a bit of a learning curve to it, but I can share a bit of what I've worked out in the few weeks since I've gotten mine.

The unit starts up with basic settings: VCO 1 and 2 set to sawtooth wave, 3 set to square wave. VCO grouping set to single note. Cutoff on. LFO set to sine wave. The keyboard itself is tuned to 'A' and has a range of just over one octave (1 1/3). Right off the bat, you can play some simple melodies with what's there. For richer chordal sounds, I like to turn on the sustain and switch off the LFO cutoff and then switch the VCO grouping to two- or three-note mode. Good three-note combinations for rock bass are +12, 0, and +5 or +7 across the three VCOs. By playing with the cutoff filter, you can get rich crackles or deep, almost subliminal rumbles. I like to play this thing more like a bass module, but you're certainly not limited to that.

You can have a lot of fun with the LFO controls (pitch and cutoff in particular) to create undulating rhythms by holding stuttering notes that you can then tweak as much as you like.

EDIT 4/12/2014: I've dove more into the sequencing capabilities and the step sequencer is pretty brilliant (though limited). It's a 16-step sequencer that goes from 56 to 240 bpm. You can record octave tweaks in live recording mode, and program any note in any octave in step recording mode. You can record independent rhythms for each VCO. Programming octave climbs that would be difficult to pull off live can give you a lot of performance options, especially if you set up some solid three-part poly-rhythms or melodies. There are a lot of ways to vary up your parts in playback mode, including switching VCO groupings (I like to go from 3-note to 1-note to hear the chords I've made turn into more complex-sounding independent single-note parts), turning sustain on and off, muting individual VCOs, turning on and altering the LFO pitch, and on and on. It's a great little box.

Downsides: You can't save very many sequencer programs. The ribbon keyboard is not going to appeal to everyone (especially if you have larger fingers). I personally love it, though, for its portamento sliding abilities.

Give it consideration if you're on a budget and want to try your hand at synthesizers.

SIDE NOTE: You can inexpensively chain Volca units with one of these headphone splitters. Genius!
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Rockstar-Multi-Headphone-Splitter-White/dp/B00475K64E/
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
AWESOME analog bass synth 22 Mar 2014
By Benjamin R Fuhrer - Published on Amazon.com
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Korg has a definite winner with this tiny box. This is the only volca I own (or am interested in), and despite it having a lot of limitations, the oscillators sound incredible (especially all 3 stacked/de-tuned), and the filter/resonance is absolutely SICK. If you start pushing it to its limit it absolutely screams. This is NOT a 303 and sounds nothing like one, but it does sound fantastic in its own right, and i actually love the miniature size (i dont have a lot of space left in my bedroom studio). It also surprisingly is velocity sensitive if controlled via midi—nice touch. It also stays perfectly in tune across the entire range (while still sounding definitely analog), and it even sounds great in the higher registers, so it's really more of a mini mono-synth rather than just a 'bass' synth. At this price, you can't go wrong for a simple, great sounding 3-oscillator mono-synth.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Dive into analog 31 Jan 2014
By John E. English - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a musician, primarily guitarist, who has recently gotten interested in analog synths. There are plenty of software synths available, including some that mimic some of the classics (e.g., Mini Moog) but there's something about creating sounds from scratch by physically turning knobs that isn't there with the software synths. I read the considerable hype about the Volca line and decided, for the price, it was worth taking a chance. For my needs, I settled on the Volca Bass. I am blown away by this little synth. Don't let the small size fool you. It is not a toy but a real instrument that will be hard to put down once you get the hang of it. Plus, since it works (a long time!) on batteries, or with an adapter, it's something you can put in your backpack and take with you just about anywhere. If it didn't look like I was starting to hoard musical instruments (and the fact I really don't need them) I'd get the other two Volca units as well.
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