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Korg Volca Drum Digital Percussion Synthesizer

The Korg Volca Drum Digital Percussion Synthesizer is a rhythm machine that brings yet another sonic character to the Volca Series.


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Used to create overtones and distortion a simple trigger waveform, wave folder, and overdrive effects are incorporated into the Korg Volca Drum Digital Percussion Synthesizer. 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. Adding these distinctive sounds to your rhythms will revolutionarily transform your performances and productions.

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 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 Redeveloped 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. Once you've specified the sound, you can adjust the balance of the parts by modifying the timing at which steps are heard, the pan, the gain before mixing, and the effect sends.

16-Step Sequencer with a Wide Range of Parameter Automation
The 16-step sequencer 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.

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 play-back 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.

  • Drum machine with multi-touch trigger pads / step keys
  • Waveguide resonator adds rich resonances
  • Active Step lets you replace steps for each part
  • Slice function finely divides a step to allow drum-rolls
  • Accent function that can be specified in 16 levels
  • Convenient choke function lets you specify grouping for parts
  • Two randomize functions expand your inspiration
  • Novel design featuring a custom LCD
  • Compact, size, battery operation, and built-in speaker
  • Includes 6 AA alkaline batteries, and sync cable

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Things You Will Get:

  • Drum Machine
  • Power Supply


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Synth Type Digital
Synthesizer Format Synthesizer Module
Controller Types 16 Multi-Touch Trigger Pads / Step Keys, 14 Knobs, and Transport Controls
Polyphony 6
Sampling Yes
MIDI Sequencer Yes
Audio Output Types 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
Power Supply Type AC Adapter
Weight 0.75 lbs
Dimensions 7.61" x 4.54" x 1.54" inches
Series Volca Series
Warranty Info:

One year parts and labor. 90 Days on footswitches, tubes, and AC adapters. Three years on tuners and metronomes.

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