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on 19 August 2015
There is no doubting the amazing value and fun to be had with this three analogue VCO synth. However, the quality of the build reflects the relatively low price and this is a problem for me. I found that the touch strip sometimes didn't register my presses, which was frustrating, and I could not use this reliably as a pro instrument alongside my elektron and novation gear. I am very glad that I purchased this from Amazon Prime because of their excellent returns policy.

EDIT: In response to the comment below, it was totally unfair to compare the volcas to Elektron, because of the huge price difference. Although I was disappointed by the Volca Bass that I received, I do really like Korg products in general and I would wholeheartedly recommend the Korg Gadget iOS application as one of the very best music making applications available on an iPad or iPhone. It's like having a whole suite of Volcas in your iPad, only better because there are several devices that have not been made into volcano...yet?
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on 13 December 2016
I bought this because it is so low in cost but it does sound pretty good for the money. The bass frequencies it can generate are not as low compared to a Moog but definetely the squelchy resonance is similar to a TB303. The sequencer is basic it would have been nice to have some parameter recording like the other volcas. Along side other synths which i have it is not in the same league as the Microbrute or MS20. My advice to the cash strapped is try and save a little more and have patience to get the Microbrute as this is going to be and is a synth that will go down in history as one of the greatest analogs. The volca bass however simply repeats history in what it acn sound like.

The envelopes are not as fast as i like to so you will not get a punchy bass from it.

It is very fussy about cables. The ideal cabling is a stereo 3.5mm split to two monos for a stereo mixer channel but do not use 3.5mm to stereo 6.3mm TRS as mixers will generally take this as a TRS wired circuit and which results in sound cancelling (a weak noisey signal yuuk). It is also possible to use 3.5mm mono to 6.3mm mono to a mono channel i believe but there is debate around this wether this increases the noise from the unit. This unit is noisey but only noisey when a sound is generated.

The overall quality of build suggests a more expensive device. And it is pretty looking. Lovely to see the flashing lights as a sequnce is played.

The only real missing thing i think korg missed in the design is the MIDI sync to tempo is totally fixed so the tempo adjustment does not translate to 1/4xmidi, 1/2xmidi, 1xmidi 2xmidi etc; as it does on the Microbrute.
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on 28 December 2014
I've been really enjoying this. Great bassline sounds. The filter is smooth and stepless. The sequencer is practically and usefully designed. The controls are surprisingly performance friendly. The battery life is great. The built in speaker is useful and does an acceptable job for what it is. My main issues are the lack of line-out and the compacted keyboard layout (ie. the volca keys has a far better layout). It would be nice to have midi out but it really isn't much of an issue. 10/10 for fun. 9/10 for functionality and playability. 10/10 for sound quality. If you like making basslines then I don't think you can go wrong with this.
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on 6 April 2016
Great budget Analogue 3 oscillator mono synthesizer! Definatley worth the money and sounds well with the Volca beats .Pity there is no Midi out and limited output options but for sitting on your knee getting ideas together while Holby City is on or as useful go to synth with a great filter and fat bass(remember 3 oscillators) or lead sounds in your home studio for the price The Volca bass is a steal.
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on 9 October 2017
What an amazing wee synth. Love it.
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on 27 October 2015
great little synth with 3 oscillators ....goes with my tb-303 nicely and works well going through a modular synth and great on its own too.
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on 31 December 2016
Great little compact and powerful Analogue synth.
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on 26 September 2015
It sounds big, the sequencer is easy to use, and the amount of sonic variety is surprising. This is not yet another TB-303 clone! Korg continues their roll of hits.
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on 21 August 2016
fun but quickly becomes repetitive
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on 12 August 2016
A great little synthesizer.
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