Korg Volca Bass

Analogue Bass Machine

  • Desktop Synthesizer / Analogue Groove Box
  • Three oscillators
  • Analogue filter
  • VCF, VCA, LFO and EG
  • Loop and Step sequencer
  • Slide and Active Step function
  • Self-tuning function to prevent flutter
  • Multitouch keyboard / Step button
  • LED Display
  • Built-in speaker
  • Sync I/O 3.5 mm mini jack mono
  • MIDI in
  • Headphone output: 3.5 mm mini
  • Power supply: 6x AA battery or optional AC adapter (KA-350, not included)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 193 x 115 x 45 mm
  • Weight: 372 g
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Number Of Keys 16
Touch-Sensitive No
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel No
Number of simultaneous Voices 3
Sound Engine Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In
Storage Medium None
USB-port No
Effects None
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No

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Enormous value for little money
16.12.2015
It's a 3x oscillator, 100% analogue synth, for less than 150 euros. We can stop right there - it's a must have.

Plus it has a really cool sequencer, which is very intuitive and easy to use. Although limited to 16 steps (or one bar). However, you can connect it to your DAW via midi cable, have your sequences running from there, and have as many bars as you want.

Oscillators sound really nice, as well as the filter, which turns into a beast with a lot of resonance. Without running it through any external devices, you can get an overdrive, which is a nice little bonus.

It is marketed as a monophonic bass synth, but it's a lot more. Actually it has a secret. It's not completely monophonic. You can sequence different notes for every OSC if you're using it's sequencer, or set different semitones for every OSC. By these methods you can even get triad chords out of it, which could be useful if you're making dub / techno dub music for example.

Another great thing is that it has an LFO which can go very fast, you can enter the audible range with it. It allows you to get all kinds of weird sounds.

The only complaint would be, that it's build doesn't feel very solid, it's plastic, wobbly, feels cheap. But hey, for this price, it's OK. If you take good care of your equipment, it shouldn't be a problem. And despite all of that, it looks very good.

There's also a little speaker integrated, and it can run with batteries. But I personally, find these features useless.

Overall, excellent product. Definitely a must have if your budget is limited, but you want a proper analogue synth. And Korg Volca Bass is exactly that.
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My First Synth
lucatironi, 13.08.2019
I got into hardware (and analog) synthesisers recently and after some weeks of research and following recommendations from expert friends, I bought the Volca Bass as my first instrument.

I spent several months learning it inside out and I am in love with it. I had the chance to learn a lot about subtractive synthesis thanks to its simple flow that yield to exploration and experimentation.

It is limited compared to more expensive instruments but it has lots of depth and can be used for a lot of sounds, from wobbly basses to some spacey pads. It is so simple to do some acid techno but it can also create soundscapes and drones.

The filter is amazing considering it's simplicity and with a bit of resonance at the right spot, it can be really gritty and distorted.

The only drawbacks that I can list are the limited ribbon keyboard (the Volca Keys has a better one) and the very small knobs that limit the fine tuning of some parameters. Additionally the lack of motion recording is a pity.

All in all, it is a very nice little machine for beginners and for who wants to express their creativity through constraints.
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dont let size and name fool you - this is a versatile synth
Zivca78, 29.05.2020
Yes, it is called Volca Bass. No, its is not bass module only. Remember Novation Bass Station? Know those lush pads and nice arps coming ut of it?
This is different story sonically, but there is much more than just bass. Yes you can make any bass sound with 3 oscillators , but also you can get very nice analogue sounds that are far from low end. I like using this as detuned pad, to go Boards of Canada style.
I own more high end analogue gear but this one was my first Volca (have a few now) and gotta say it is a part of every track that i make.
Cons - it would be cool to have external input on that nice filter, no midi out, more features in envelope, but still it is a great device for the buck.
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Sennn, 01.05.2020
This Vocla Bass is a lot of fun and sounds great, for anyone who is into music production and wants to get started this is ideal to learn the very basics. Even my father has enjoyed playing around on this.
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