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KORG Volca-Beats Machine Analog Rhythm Drum Synthesizer

by Korg

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  • Powerful analogue drum sounds
  • Real analogue sounds created with reference to classic rhythm machines
  • Electribe style 16 step sequencer with 8 memory patches
  • 6 editable analogue parts with 1 knob per function for easy editing
  • Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker for enjoyment anywhere
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Technical Details
Item Weight816 g
Product Dimensions26.3 x 15.3 x 7.1 cm
Batteries:6 AA batteries required. (included)
Item model numberVOLCABEATS
Number of Keyboard Keys16
Battery TypeAlkaline
  
Additional Information
ASINB00CAKOVQM
Best Sellers Rank 1,860 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 Kg
Date First Available8 July 2013
  
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Korg Analogue Rhythm Machine Peerless Beats generated by solid analog drum sounds and an Electribe-style sequencer Powerful analog drum sounds. Real analog sounds created with reference to classic rhythm machines. 6 editable analogue parts with one knob per function for easy editing. Maximum effect from minimal parameters - a unique advantage of analog. PCM sound engine expands possibilities when used with analog sounds. Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series. Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches. Stutter function generates repeated triggers that dramatically change the sequence. Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps. Step Jump function instantly plays only the step you're pressing. Convenient functions for incredible ease of use. Sync In and out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca series as well as Korg's Monotribe. MIDI in for note entry, plus external sync and control from your DAW. Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power. Eeen today, more than thirty years after the age dominated by analog synthesizers, we just can't let go of the sound of analog rhythm machines. Those thick sounds have the power to stand up to guitar and acoustic drums and are still indispensable for track-making or live performance. The Korg Volca Beats gives you those analog drums plus the easy-to-use step sequencer of the Electribe; it lets you turn your inspiration into reality and generate beats with the best high quality sounds. PSU KA-350 not included.

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Analogue Rhythm Machine Peerless beats generated by solid analog drum sounds and an Electribe-style sequencer Powerful analog drum sounds - Real analog sounds created with reference to classic rhythm machines - Six editable analogue parts with one knob per function for easy editing - Maximum effect from minimal parameters - a unique advantage of analog - PCM sound engine expands possibilities when used with analog sounds Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series - Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches - Stutter function generates repeated triggers that dramatically change the sequence - Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps. - Step Jump function instantly plays only the step you're pressing Convenient functions for incredible ease of use - Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg's Monotribe - MIDI In for note entry, plus external sync and control from your DAW - Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power Even today, more than thirty years after the age dominated by analog synthesizers, we just can't let go of the sound of analog rhythm machines. Those thick sounds have the power to stand up to guitar and acoustic drums, and are still indispensable for track-making or live performance. The volca Beats gives you those analog drums plus the easy-to-use step sequencer of the Electribe; it lets you turn your inspiration into reality and generate beats with the best high quality sounds. PSU KA-350 NOT INCLUDED

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Stinton on 2 Nov 2013
Korg are onto a winner here. A diminutive box with loads of flashing lights offering a 16-step analogue drum sequencer for £120. Christmas stocking alert! I've wanted one of these since I heard of them earlier in the year and it seems to have taken an age for them to actually arrive in the UK, and here they are.

Looks wise I think this looks great, a solid enough black plastic case with what seems like a black metal front plate. All buttons and dials are easily accessible - if you had to be picky then maybe the main dials are a little small, but it hasn't concerned me whilst using it. The keypad itself I am very impressed with a very reactive touch response which is great when live recording parts.

You get six analogue sounds and four PCM, all adjustable to varying degrees, the most editable being kick and snare as you'd expect. The kick sounds excellent, you will be surprised such a mighty boom can emanate from such a small box. In my opinion the rest of the sounds aren't so instantly likeable, but as you begin to mould them together into sequences they all come together with a really great vibe.

I stared at this for a few minutes at first wondering what I should be pressing, but once you get the hang of the eight buttons on the right hand side (and their second functions) you will be knocking out sequences in no time. There are three main recording modes; live (which quantises to the closest step), step record (each key you press takes you to the next one) and step mode (where you choose which instrument and click where you'd like it to play on the grid). They're all easy and intuitive to use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enthusiast on 20 Mar 2014
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Korg instruments and accessories are excellent. The Volca Beats is great fun with funky sounds at your finger tips. A great piece of kit!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris J Clark on 14 Feb 2014
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Good things come in small packages and this piece of kit is just that.

Great value for the excellent range of functions/capabilities.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. E. Hindmarsh on 3 Feb 2014
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Bought as a gift, I have now seen how it works. Has a pleasant sound and my son loves it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
of 3 volcas...this is the one to own 9 Feb 2014
By unitedguy01 - Published on Amazon.com
This is such an easy tool to create a catchy and anolog sounding rhythm. Originally I thought this would be the one I didn't like outta the 3...but I'd say the bass is the least used. (based on its not gonna outdo the subphatty. )easily tweakable sounds. So even though it includes 8 different sound beats...you can change each sound vastly..
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE....before I was not that Good at the drums...this thing has allowed me to get better and better with the step sequencer and has also helped me get an overall better view how to construct beats/songs....its the best musical purchase I've ever made...it should cost double the 149$ price
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for those interested in beatmaking or for those looking ... 27 July 2014
By Lil Fonky - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the very few items in the world of music making which I would classify as a must-buy item for almost anyone. Perfect for those interested in beatmaking or for those looking for looking for an inexpensive route into making music using hardware intead of, or in addition to, software. The kick drum tone is worth the price of admission alone, and the snare has a gritty, complex texture that to my ears is more interesting than the snare of the 808, 909, or similar drum machines. The sequencer is bonehead easy to use, and the stutter function is great for adding interest to your rhythm patterns, especially when tempo-locked. I use mine as a tone generator in a large midi setup, primarily for background tones to beef up sampled breakbeats.

But even if you're not a beatmaker per se, there is still a case to be made for buying one of these. There are metronomes as expensive as this, and the Volca Beats is so much more useful than any metronome. Though I'm somewhat proficient in a number of other instruments, I recently decided to teach myself the guitar. This device transforms scale practice into something groovy and fun, something that cannot be said for any metronome I've ever used, and I've used a few. The low price makes it ideal as a gift for kids (and adults) learning music fundamentals, especially insofar as it runs on batteries and has a small built-in speaker. A twelve-year old will have this thing figured out inside of 15 minutes, and the experience of having created meaningful music from scratch might just spur them to learn other instruments. Highly, highly recommend for damn near anyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Percussion Device with Repercussions (but in a good way!) 11 Sep 2014
By Kismeta - Published on Amazon.com
The Korg Volca Beats is a great little drum machine, especially given its price. (I paid $120 for mine.) There are however a few key elements missing and they would have helped tremendously. I'll get to those shortly. First, the good stuff...

First and foremost, the sound on this little thing is surprising good, especially when run through a big amplifier! Its internal speaker should be used a reference point only, but does the job for portable creative purposes, and its inclusion of batteries obviously helps in this regard. But use an amp or some decent studio monitors (20 watts or higher) and you'll quickly be smiling. My neighbors already hate me, and my amp doesn't even approach 11. The analogue tweakability is what makes this device particularly fun and the sounds are impressive. Buy it for this alone, and you'll be grinning from eardrum to reverberating eardrum.

As mentioned, the portability of the Volca Beats is sweet. Batteries and the internal speaker allow me to take it anywhere I dare: in front of the football game on TV (hate those ads!), the bed, or the toilet. Creativity is no longer limited to the studio! I've written some of my beat beats taking craps.

The "Stutter" function is surprisingly cool, offering an array of timing differences. It's not limited to a global setting either, as individual parts can be included as you wish. It's not entirely just a delay type of effect, though it pretty much acts as one. Think of it as a percussion device with repercussions!

MIDI in helps link the Volca Beats to your DAW or any other device running MIDI.

Step editing in real time is of course great, allowing for all the messing about (and messing up) you wish for. Deleting an ill-timed drum part is as easy as pressing the LED in question.

The storage is minimal, but does its job, holding a total of 8 sequences. The fill-ins and tweaks en route are up to you, or they can be any of the 7 sequences outside of the main riff you've recorded. There is no "song storage."

The minuses...

Because of its diminutive stature, the knobs are all a little cramped. Big fingers beware!

The Volca Beats does NOT come with an AC adapter. While the batteries are pretty long lasting, it's worth getting an additional power supply for studio use (9v/600mA DC output). Adapters run about $12 here on Amazon.

There is no MIDI out, so the device can only receive MIDI signals ("Relax, said the night man. We are only programmed to receive!"). DIYers can easily solder one in, but this obviously voids the warranty. The anaolgue input signal (CV) works fine, however. I've synced mine up to my Arturia Microbrute synthesizer without hassle, and both devices only come with MIDI in ports. Search YouTube for examples of this syncing.

There is no panning effect. All drum sounds escape the Volca as a MONO line through its tiny (yet stereo, oddly enough) headphone jack. This truly sucks, but is somewhat expected for the low price of the unit. I miss my toms sliding from left to right or vice versa! Expectedly, there are no individual outputs.

For some reason, Korg also felt it okay to leave out an accent function. Playing around with the attack and decay of each instrument will help do the job and a single "part level" knob helps, but drum machines, not unlike those drummers with beating hearts, prefer slight/subtle adjustments giving it a more humanistic/animalistic touch.

The four digital/PCM sounds (clap, claves, agogo and crash) are indeed lacking but help with the occasional fill. Their speed (attack/decay) is the only adjustable parameter.

The 3 in/out jacks are 1/8th inch, though this doesn't affect the sound or syncing in any way.

All told, for the price, the Volca Beats is quite worth it. My wish-list might include a few additional features but this would certainly jack the price up accordingly. Nonetheless, these would include an accent feature, a MIDI out, and a panning knob for each instrument (and the necessary L/R stereo output signal).

But for the low price the Volca Beats is well worth it. Thus a four-star rating.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
While It wont be competing with the giants like the 808 or 909 it does provide a quality ... 23 July 2014
By My4trackmachine - Published on Amazon.com
This machine by Korg is an interesting little analog drum machine. While It wont be competing with the giants like the 808 or 909 it does provide a quality that was unexpected in this price range with more flexibility then the other lesser sought after TR series drum machines from roland like the 606 and 707.

The sounds from the VolcaBeats vary in quality with the Kick drum, toms, and high hats being highly useable and the snare and pcm samples being questionable to mediocre. My main gripe is with the snare being incredibly weak sounding due to poor tuning range and noise processing in the analog circuit. The kick alone almost sells this unit though because of it's large sound. It's sound is deep and thick like an 808 but with its own unique sound.

The sequencer built into the machine provides easy TR style step programming with additional Elecktribe like motion recording. that is efficient and simple enough to provide fluent creation. With the addition of Midi control the unit providing even more bang for you buck. When you consider that all of this is provided for you at a price point of $150 then you realize that you are actually getting your monies worth despite some of the limitations and draw backs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Exactly what I asked for 2 May 2014
By Robert Saunders - Published on Amazon.com
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My BEATS came quickly, safely, and awesomely. I've got it paired up with the BASS and KEYS, and it's an insanely fun to mess around with.
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