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Korg Volca Drum Electronic Drum and Percussion Synthesizer

With waveguide effects and enhanced step sequencer

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    Product Description

    The Korg Volca range combines the flexibility of modular synthesis with the accessibility and versatility of modern workstations. The result is an intuitive ecosystem that’s practical, inspiring and enjoyable in equal measure. For 2019, they’ve unveiled some new additions; introducing the Volca Drum.

    Designed with a fresh approach to the drum machine concept, the Volca Drum combines simple waveforms with distortion and effects to give it its own unique voice. Combine it with other Volca units or add to your existing setup, and unlock a new world of rhythmic creativity!

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    Key Features

    • Digital percussion synth with a 6-part x 2-layer structure
    • Distinctive sound from a newly developed DSP engine
    • 5 oscillator types
    • Adjustable waveform trigger, wave folder depth, overdrive level
    • Waveguide resonator adds rich resonances for different depths of sound
    • 16-step sequencer with a wide range of parameter automation
    • Convenient choke function lets you specify grouping for parts
    • Two randomize functions expand your inspiration
    • Novel design featuring a custom LCD
    • Synchronized performance with other Volca and Electribe units, and with your DAW

    Here’s what Korg say:

    The Volca series is all about unique sound. Whether it's analog, PCM, or FM, the Volca series puts unique sounds into an accessible platform. And now, the series is joined by a new rhythm machine that brings yet another sonic character. It's the Volca drum digital percussion synthesizer.

    Based on a simple trigger waveform, wave folder and overdrive are used to add overtones and distortion, and then a waveguide resonator effect brings the sound to life. The six-part DSP synth engine was designed with a completely different philosophy than conventional drum machines, and generates a wide range of unexpectedly different sounds. And of course, you can play those sounds from the Volca-style sequencer.

    Digital percussion synth with a 6-part x 2-layer structure

    The term "digital" typically brings to mind sounds that are based on PCM-sampled bass drum, snare drum, or cymbal, but the Volca drum creates its drum sounds by DSP-powered analog modeling. Oscillator waveforms such as sine wave, sawtooth wave, and noise are provided. By applying various changes to these waveforms, you can create a wide variety of percussion sounds that range from realistic to idiosyncratic, and are not limited only to drums.

    The six parts each have two layers, and do not impose any rules or restrictions such as specifying which parts must be used for the bass drum or for the cymbal; all parts have the same specifications. You can freely assign your new sounds to these six parts without being limited by the conventions of a drum set. A kit consists of the six parts that you've assigned plus the waveguide resonator effect settings, and 16 such kits can be stored in memory (the factory settings contain 10 preload kits).

    Distinctive sound from a newly developed DSP engine

    Each part consists of two layers. For each layer, users choose one of five types of oscillator waveform including sine wave, sawtooth wave, and HPF noise, and also choose from three types of pitch modulator and amp EG, each optimized for drum sounds. Layer parameters can be edited either individually or simultaneously, and users can also use the two layers to produce the same sound for additional thickness.

    You can customize the resulting trigger waveform by applying bit reduction to produce roughness, adjusting the wave folder depth to add complex overtones, and using overdrive to adjust the distortion. In this way, you can generate distinctive sounds from this sound engine that's structured rather differently from a typical drum machine.

    Waveguide resonator adds rich resonances

    The effect section features a waveguide resonator that's based on physical modeling, and which adds sympathetic resonances to the sound. You can choose from two types of waveguide: "tube" which adds the resonance of a cylindrical object such as a drum body or a long pipe, or "strings" which adds the metallic resonance of a string. The three knobs located in the center of the panel let you specify the DECAY (amount of attenuation), BODY (sonic character), and TUNE (pitch). Setting TUNE to a lower value will produce a delay-like behavior. You can take advantage of these knobs not only for sound design but also in your live performances.

    16-step sequencer with a wide range of parameter automation

    The 16-stepsequencer is excellent for improvisation. You can easily create patterns using the 16 buttons, each corresponding to one of the 16 steps. In addition to step recording, the sequencer also supports real-time recording in which you can construct a pattern while looping the playback. The pattern chain function lets you play multiple sequence patterns successively, so you can successively play back desired patterns of consecutive numbers. Up to 16 sequences can be connected to construct patterns with 256 steps.

    In addition to simply playing a drum pattern, you can use the motion sequence function to memorize knob operations during real-time recording and reproduce them during playback; a total of 69 different parameters can be memorized. This is useful not only when you're creating your patterns, but can also contribute to live performances that overflow with originality. Up to 16 sequence programs (16-step sequencer patterns, stored motion sequences, kit number) can be saved in internal memory.

    Active Step lets you replace steps for each part

    There's an active step function that lets you skip steps during sequence playback. This can be used to create "short loop" effects and irregular rhythms, or you can even create polyrhythms by using different settings for each part. Also provided is a step jump function, which jumps to the step of the button that you press during sequence playback. By using these functions to edit in real time, you can create dynamic performances that arise from chance.

    Slice function finely divides a step to allow drum-rolls

    The step slice function lets you play drum rolls. You can use a knob to change the number of slices, and insert a detailed drum roll in the middle or at the end of a pattern to create a climax for your song or performance.

    A convenient choke function lets you specify grouping for parts

    There's a choke function that lets you specify which of multiple parts should take priority when sounded simultaneously, such as the hi-hat closed and open sounds of a drum machine. Parts for which you've enabled the choke function will not sound simultaneously; only the one part of the lowest part number will be heard.

    Two randomize functions expand your inspiration

    The Volca drum provides two randomize functions that let you randomly change the sound (layer) of the selected single part, or to randomly vary the step, slice, accent, and active step settings of the selected single part. By using the randomize functions during a performance, you can add unexpected change and development to the sound and the pattern.

    Novel design featuring a custom LCD

    The aluminum panel is created using an etching process that emanates a sense of quality, using delicate relief to express the text and fine lines rather than using printing. In a first for the Volca series, a custom LCD is used. The high-brightness display provides excellent visibility, portraying complex settings graphically for comprehension at a glance, and ensuring that Volca drum is easy to use with a quick learning curve.

    Synchronized performance with other Volca and Electribe units, and with your DAW

    Since this unit provides a sync jack for easy connection to Korg groove machines, you can connect it to another Volca series unit or to equipment such as an Electribe or the SQ-1, and enjoy synchronized playback with the sequencer. There's also a standard MIDI IN connector, so you can use the Volca drum as a sound module for your DAW.

    In the Box 

    • AA alkaline battery × 6 (for verifying operation)
    • Sync cable
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    Specifications
    Built-in Effects
    Yes
    Digital/Analogue
    Digital
    Trade Doubler Group ID
    13360
    Brand
    Korg
    Key Size
    Mini
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    Customer Reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

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    Mr Matthew Davidson22nd Jun 2020

    Amazingly powerful little machine

    Value 3Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Trusted Customer29th Nov 2019

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

    Trusted Customer15th Aug 2019

    Chris28th Jun 2019

    Although it has a few drawbacks, such as only 16 pattern memories and a slightly arcane operating system, at this price point you can't grumble It has a great signal to noise ratio, something that can't be said of a lot of Korg's output in the last 15 years or so. I love my Electribe ER1 and in many ways the Volca Drum is a new, cheaper version with some extra goodies, like 2 parts per voice, distortion options and the strange and funky waveguide resonator. The bottom line is the sound and this can sound great. Just keep a recorder, sampler or whatever to hand as those 16 patterns won't take long to fill.

    Garry Owen17th Jun 2019

    Mr Tony Swallow7th Jun 2019

    Crazy Drum machine. Will be making good beats + weird sound.

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