Korg Volca Beats

Analogue Rhythm Machine

  • 6 Analogue and 4 PCM-based drum parts
  • Loop and Step sequencer
  • Stutter, Active Step and Step Jump functions
  • Multitouch Trigger Pad / Step button
  • LED display
  • Integrated 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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Further Information

Sound Synthesis Virtuell Analog
Pads 16
Effects No
Bass No
Display Yes
MIDI interface 1x In
Number of analog outputs 1
Headphone Connector Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation Yes
210 Customer Ratings
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First drum machine
DonSchlup, 13.08.2018
I gotta be honest. I'm a guitar player who's looking to experiment with some different stuff and didn't really know what to look for in a drum machine. So I did my research and my criteria was quite simple:

- Affordable
- Sounds ok
- Enough features to keep me interested, but not be overwhelmed
- Looks good (yeah, call me shallow, but the Volca Beats is now in my living room and my wife and I love the vibe!)

The Korg Volca Beats checked every box, so I decided to pull the trigger.

Sure, it's simple, the built-in speaker doesn't carry much weight (not sure if people expect something else from such a tiny speaker), and it's not filled with crazy sounds, but I'm impressed with the vibe I'm hearing out of it. From hip-hop to post-punk, it sounds great and I'm quite happy with the purchase!

Pros: Everything I mentioned before.

Cons: I honestly miss a speaker output to connect to a PA without having to deal with that tiny and flimsy headphone output; And I wish that the cables were connected from the back, not the top.

Still, solid 9/10 for the Korg Volca Beats!
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Decent little beat box
Io Eko, 05.12.2019
I got this for the sound. I always loved the very early analog beatboxes so I got what I asked for.

Pros:
- The sound.
- Easy of use.
- Super portable.
- The sounds sit into the mix really well.

Cons:
- This should cost way less for what it is.
- The snare sound. It sounds really ugly. Even mini-pops had a way better snare sound.
- Mono output. Don't expect any panning options. This is really unacceptable.
- The firmware update method is simply ridiculous.
- The sequencer steps are rather limited.
- The structure looks weak.
- No usb connection.

I bought it, sampled it because I couldn't pan individual sounds and barely use it since. The samples produced are great though.
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Great analog toy
a.Scar, 01.02.2021
Good one from this korg series. Seems basic at the beginning but the quality of all sounds is really great. I got kinda addicted to the kick and the toms, they are in every song i made!
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Amazing quality for the money
TheA, 05.02.2014
The Korg Volca Beats is filled with features and great drum sounds - both analogue and digital. Some people say that the snare sound is poor. I'd say it's just different. It is not the typical 808-style snare what we have used to hear in analog machines. Volca Beats is a great addition to the both small and big setups. In this price category there just isn't a machine which would beat the Beats.
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