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Korg volca beats

Analogue Rhythm Machine

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Korg volca beats
Korg volca beats
140.00 street price

In 2013, the stunning rhythm machine was released - Korg volca beats. The unrivaled classic Roland TR-808 became its inspiration. Its sound is by no means worse than that of expensive analog machines. The percussion synthesizer has a fully analog path, though Korg pays attention to the fact that the signals are generated digitally, while the CPU has a 10-bit DAC that offers an incredible analog signal resolution. Its body consists of a translucent plastic with a metal front panel, and the dimensions approximately correspond to the usual VHS cassette.

Essentially, it is a hybrid block. The analog sound engine with digital control equipped with a number of settings and the ability to record data into the sequencer via the MIDI protocol. Some parameters enable MIDI CC which ensures interaction with MIDI controllers. Thus, "Grain", "Stutter" hi-hat, tom release and other parameters can be easily adjusted. The volca beats sequencer is limited to 16 steps featuring real time recording and fully editable steps.

The percussion synthesizer includes 6 analog and 4 types of PCM sounds. Each of the analog drum sounds can be adjusted with the help of knobs located in the central part of the front panel. Kick can be altered from "click" to a deeper one, and the snare catches your ear with an interesting woody tone which gets more saturated with the addition of PCM clap layering. Apparently, percussion has no limits and you can apply it any way you want. There is a stutter on the left side of the front panel, which, with the help of 2 knobs, can manage a variety of sound effects, such as rolls, gate effects, delay, reverb, bitcrushing and pitch shift. It can be routed to both individual and global drums.

Given the specification Korg company can be really proud, and we can assume that volca beats established a new standard of quality in its price category.

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Usage area
Percussion Synthesizer 
Rhytm/ Drum Machine 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
Without Keys, Desktop 
Archetype
Analogue (A) 
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Kick Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Snare Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Hi-Hat Open
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Hi-Hat Close
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Tom
Sequencer
Parts count10
Max Step Count16
Preset patterns8
MIDI in/ out
IN 
Audio out
Analogue: 1/8" (3.5mm)1
Power
Power Supply Internal, Accumulators
Dimensions
Height45 mm
Width193 mm
Depth115 mm
Weight0.372 kg
Color
Black 
Production start2013

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