Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine

Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine

Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine

Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine

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  • Real Analog Drum Sounds
  • Electribe-Style 16-Step Loop Sequencer
  • Sync In and Out for Other Volca Units
  • Versatile MIDI Input
  • PCM Sound Engine
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Korg Volca Beats overview

  • 1Description

The Volca Beats from Korg is an analog rhythm machine featuring powerful drum sounds and an Electribe-style loop sequencer. Additionally, its Sync in and out ports allow clock sync of multiple instruments from the Volca series as well as Korg's Monotribe. It also has a MIDI input for note entry, as well as external sync and control from your DAW. The built-in speaker and optional battery power allow you to take the Volca Beats anywhere.

The Volca Beats' real analog drum sounds were created with reference to classic rhythm machines. The user interface features individual knobs for each of six analog parameters. The PCM sound engine further expands the possibilities.

The Electribe-style 16-step sequencer features eight memory patches. Its Stutter function generates repeated triggers that dramatically change the sequence. The Active Step function generates new drum lines by removing or inserting steps. The Step Jump function instantly plays only the step you're pressing for on-the-fly improvisation and remixing.

Sync In and Out
Using the sync jack, you can synchronize playback with multiple Volcas or with a Monotribe. You can also use the "SyncKontrol" iPhone app to wirelessly control tap tempo, swing settings, and synchronized playback with iOS music apps via WIST.
MIDI Input
The MIDI input connector allows you to synchronize Volca Beats with other devices, as well as play it from any MIDI keyboard. You can also send note messages from your DAW and use the Volca as an analog sound module.
In the Box
Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine
  • 6 x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • 3.5mm Sync Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Korg Volca Beats specs

    Keyboard Type:
    Multi-touch trigger pad/step key
    Synthesizer Type:
    Analog synthesis (Kick, Snare, Hi Tom, Lo Tom, Closed Hi Hat/Open Hi Hat)
    PCM synthesis (Clap, Claves, Agogo, Crash)

    Click, Pitch, Decay, Part Level

    Snappy, Pitch, Decay, Part Level

    Hi Pitch, Lo Pitch, Decay, Part Level

    Hi Hat:
    Closed Decay, Open Decay, Grain, Part Level

    PCM Speed, Part Level
    Sequencer Number of Parts:

    Number of Steps:

    Number of Recording Patterns:
    Connectors Audio Output:
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5mm TRS stereo output

    1 x 1/8" / 3.5mm TS mono - Sync input
    Maximum input level: 20V

    1 x 1/8" / 3.5mm TS mono - Sync out
    Maximum output level: 5V

    1 x 5-pin DIN - MIDI input
    Power Supply 6 x AA alkaline or NiMH batteries
    KA-350 AC adapter (sold separately)
    Battery Life Approximately 10 hours (using alkaline batteries)
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 7.61 x 4.54 x 1.81" / 193 x 115 x 46 mm
    Weight 0.83 lb / 377 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.4 x 5.9 x 2.0"

    Korg Volca Beats reviews

    Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big analog sound, little box Yes, it sounds amazing. The snare is not the 808 snare, but you can get some really cool sounds out of it, especially with the stutter. I usually layer it with the clap, which you can tune via PCM, and it sounds outstanding, so I am not modding it. Don't get bogged down in snaresville, this thing has a huge kick drum, stutter feature, amazing step jumping, a ribbon controller, it syncs to your DAW's external clock, and it has live motion and stutter recording. Believe me when I say it's worth every penny, even if you end up using a different drum machine, this thing is a mini beast and so fun!
    Date published: 2017-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A small box filled with big fun! I've had the Beats for about a month now and it's been great. In use, it is very immediate...you are creating beats and rhythms within seconds. I would not count on it for its snare sound (unless you mod it). For me, I use it primarily as a glitch machine. The kick sound is very powerful and quite deep and full sounding. The hats are capable of a wide range of sound from hat-like to glitch-like. One really buys these for the stutter mechanism...that's when the box really gets going.
    Date published: 2017-06-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from no thinking necessary. Intuitive and portable. Works well in live applications as well as in the studio. Being able to access and manipulate multiple parameters at the same time (mute control of instrument parts, fx, and part pitch / speed) makes it handy for live performance. Moving back and forth between triggering samples and step sequencing works well for ideation.
    Date published: 2014-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun I come from a garage band background and wanted to learn what beat making was all about. Man, is it fun on this thing! The instructions are limited, and I found the tutorials on macprovideo worth the additional price.
    Date published: 2017-03-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun and inexpensive toy The pros: Fully analog Kick/Snare/Tom and Hi Hat sounds, as well as a pretty good number of hands on knobs. The Stutter effect alloys you to get really expressive with your drum patterns. The cons: The stereo headphone out makes it somewhat complicated to get the signal out to speakers or an audio interface, especially if you have limited inputs. Additionally, a drum machine that doesn't have separate outputs for the individual elements is almost completely useless in a recording environment, unless you record each element separately. I also wish it were possible to control the levels and solo/mute each element without having to use button combos (you need to hold the Mute button for the Mutes to become available, and can only change the part level of the selected element, which means one at a time). Having to use two hands or two fingers makes it more difficult to play in a live situation. For the price, it's the best thing on the market, but if you're serious about having a hardware drum machine, maybe it would be worth saving up for something a bit more functional.
    Date published: 2017-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Classic Great, simple product for the beginner and advanced creator alike! Easy to use and understand concepts, pairs well with other instruments. Definitely a solid buy; reliable and fun to use.
    Date published: 2017-08-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice little analog drum Fun in a little box! A real analog drum for a small price. The only thing missing is an audio input, so we chain others volca.
    Date published: 2014-02-26
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