Korg Volca Bass
Analog micro bass synth with Electribe-style sequencer
An versatile micro bass synth featuring fat analog sounds and Electribe-inspired sequencer to rule the low end of your music
Korg’s Volca Bass synthesizer takes you back to the ’80s, when synthesizers displaced guitars as the primary instrument of popular music, and bass ruled the low end. It was because of synthesizers such as the Korg x which the Volca Bass descends from, that bass guitar makers started adding five and six strings to compete with the low-end capabilities of the synths. Taking its cues from the classic Korg MS-10 and MS-20, the Volca Bass has what you need for a wide range of bass lines. Simple in design and execution, yet highly musical to use, Volca Bass features an analog sound engine that offers low-frequency presence and nuance that can’t be reproduced by digital emulations. The Volca Bass also features a step sequencer derived from the famed Korg Electribe—a powerful way to generate free-form bass loops.
Korg Volca Bass synthesizer in one take:
- Three oscillators generate a variety of bass sounds
- Bright, crisp sound from Korg’s legendary analog filter
- 3-part, 16-step sequencer derived from the famed Korg Electribe
- Self-tuning function
- Sync jack and MIDI In, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker
INSIDE THE BOX—Korg Volca Bass
Three oscillators generate a variety of bass sounds
The Volca Bass features three oscillators that can be used in a variety of ways, from one-part unison to three-part chords, giving you a diverse array of thick and modulated bass sounds. By creating a sequence that uses each oscillator individually, you can create a complex pattern in which three different phrases are woven together. Using the oscillators in a 2+1 combination lets you place one set of oscillators at a low pitch and the other at a higher pitch, producing simultaneous bass and melody lines. When using the three oscillators together, you can slightly detune their pitch to generate thick unison sounds. Setting the oscillator’s pitch to 0, +3, and +7 will produce a chord.
Bright, crisp sound from Korg’s legendary analog filter
The Volca Bass features a finely tuned analog filter. Turning the Cutoff knob to open the filter will make the sound brighter and more expansive; closing the filter produces a round, milder sound. Using the Peak knob to increase resonance will initially produce a clean peak, while further increases will create a great-sounding distortion. The Volca Beat’s resonance distortion, an essential component of acid music, has been specially tuned to enhance bass sounds.
Simple structure with a single VCF, VCA, LFO, and EG
In addition to the three VCOs (voltage controlled oscillators), the Volca Bass provides a carefully selected parameter structure consisting of a single VCF (voltage-controlled filter), VCA (voltage-controlled amplifier), LFO (low-frequency oscillator), and EG (envelope generator), ensuring that the sound that you want can be created with a little creative tweaking. This is also the standard structure of a synthesizer, making the Volca Bass an ideal introductory instrument for learning the fundamentals of synthesis, so beginners can experience the joy of sound design.
Loop sequencer derived from the Korg Electribe
The Volca Bass step sequencer is designed to make editing easy and to let you add or remove parts in an improvisational fashion. You can use its 16 step keys to enter notes while visually monitoring the timing of the notes within the measure. You can also enter completely different phrases for each of the three oscillators, and play the touch panel keyboard to record in real time. Up to eight patterns can be stored in internal memory. The volca bass provides Slide function that creates the impression of connected steps for moving bass lines, which make it easy for anyone to produce acid sounds. The slide can be specified for each step. The Volca Bass sequencer also has an Active Step function that lets you skip a step during sequence playback. It can create effects similar to a short loop, or unexpectedly irregular rhythms, allowing dynamic performances as though you were performing the sequence live.
While we all enjoy the rich sound of analog synthesizers, the one downside was that pitch would drift with changes in temperature or the passage of time. The Volca Bass solves analog pitch drift by providing a Self-tuning function that constantly tunes the oscillators. You’ll never need to tune during a performance, or wait for the pitch to stabilize after turning the power on.
OUTSIDE THE BOX—Korg Volca Bass
Sync jack and MIDI In
Other performance features of the Volca Bass include a sync jack for synchronized playback with multiple Volcas or a monotribe. The MIDI In connector also lets you synchronize with other devices, as well as play the Volca from a MIDI keyboard or send note messages from your DAW to use the Volca Bass as an analog sound module.
You can also use the “SyncKontrol” iPhone app to wirelessly control tap tempo, swing settings, and synchronized playback with iOS music apps via Korg’s WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology).
Battery-powered operation and built-in speaker
With its compact size, battery operation, and built-in speaker, it’s easy to take the Volca anywhere. It can sit on a small DJ coffin while creating huge sounds. Or you can ascend to a mountain peak, view the firmament, and serenade the local villagers with Volca bass lines.
Korg Volca Bass synthesizer full feature list:
- Three oscillators generate a variety of bass sounds
- Newly designed analog filter for crisp, bright response
- Simple structure with single VCF, VCA, LFO, and EG
- Step Sequencer distilled from the Electribe series
- Slide function that’s indispensable for acid and other types of electronic music
- Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps
- Self-tuning function overcomes pitch drift – the weak point of an analog synth
- SYNC jack and MIDI IN connector allow synchronized performances with multiple units or with your DAW
- Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker for enjoyment anywhere
From EDM to funk and beyond, the Volca Bass is an analog groove box that has what you need to create inspiring bass lines. For more information, call or chat with your Westlake Pro sales consultant today.
Korg Volca Bass specifications:
Keyboard: Multi touch Keyboard / step key
Synthesizer Type: Analog synthesis
Structure: 3VCO, 1VCF, 1VCA, 1LFO, 1EG
VCO Wave: Saw, Square
VCF: Cutoff, Peak, EG Int
VCF Type: Low Pass Filter, 12dB/Oct
VCA: EG on/of, Sustain on/off
LFO: Rate, Int, Target (Amp, Pitch, Cutoff), Wave (Triangle, Square）
EG (envelope generator): Attack, Decay/Release, Sustain
Sequencer parts: 3
Sequencer steps: 16
Number of recording patterns: 8
Audio output connectors: Headphones; 1/8″ (3.5mm_ stereo mini jack
Sync In: 1/8″ (3.5mm) monaural mini jack, Maximum input level: 20V
Sync Out 1/8″ (3.5mm) monaural mini jack, Maximum Output level: 5V
MIDI: In (5-pin DIN)
Battery Life: Approximately 10 hours (using alkaline batteries)
Power supply: 6 x AA battery
AC adapter: KA350 (optional)
Accessories: 6 x AA alkaline battery (for verifying operation)
Dimensions (W x D x H): 7-5/8″ x 4-17/32″ x 1-13/16 (193 × 115 × 46 mm)
Weight: 0.82 lb. (370 g) (Excluding batteries)
Korg Volca Bass options:
AC adapter: Korg KA-350 PSU
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