Korg Volca Drum

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Digital Percussion Synthesizer

  • 6 Drum parts with analog modeling synthesis
  • Two sound layers per part
  • Each layer consists of a fundamental waveform that excites a tunable resonator
  • Internal step sequencer with pattern chain function
  • Motion sequence function for recording controller movements
  • Slice function for creating pattern variations and drum rolls
  • Accent function
  • MIDI input
  • Sync In / Out (3.5 mm jack)
  • Combined line / headphone output (3.5 mm stereo jack)
  • Integrated speaker
  • Power supply: 6x AA battery or via power adapter (not included, matching power supply KA-350)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 193 x 115 x 39 mm
  • Weight: 370 g
  • Suitable optional bag:Art.485319 (not included)
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
available since March 2019
Item number 457052
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Footswitch connection 0
Extras None
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Great drum machine, but a little bit flimsy.
Crane 11.06.2021
The volca drum offers a lot of possibilities and is one of the few from the series that has such depth in the synth engine. If you get yourself familiar with the machine and utilise its limitations effectively, it can do drum, synth and effect sounds pretty well. The sequencer is good and perhaps one of the better from the series. With a little practice, you can perform just fine with it.

What bothers me about the volca drum is programming sounds. There's a lot of menu diving involved and in some cases you'll have to dial in settings with one knob while looking at its tiny OLED screen. The buttons lack a pleasing "click" that makes fine-tuning specific values difficult.

If you don't mind taking time for programming drums and you're fine with working with a tiny (but perfectly legible) screen, the volca drum is a great little machine for what it offers. It's just not that accessible and immediate as other volcas in the range.
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Best volca to have
podsky 25.11.2020
Everyone have his/hers favourite volca, for me it is the Drum.

1. You can use it as a standard drum machine for a simple setup

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2. You can fiddle with every sound (there are 6 parts), in many, many ways. If you know even a bit about analog synthesis - this will be a fun process. After you will arrive at the set of 6, you can than sequence them and save your preset. And than - you can chain patterns!

The waveguide effect is something interesting. Not very easy to use, it can be a bit unpredictable at the beggining, but - well - you can arrive at interesting delay/repeat/echo effects with it.
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Versatile and great sounding
6000 10.12.2020
Volca Drum is just a fantastic creative tool. Don't expect classic 808 sounds (even though it can do them as well) but much more versatile sound palette - it offers almost endless amount of new, original sounds that you can come up with. Combine it with your outboard or plugin FX of choice and it's even more great.
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Great little machine!
Old Murray 11.08.2020
I saw a review on youtube and one of the users was complaining that he "couldn't get a usable sound out of it".
Well, that seems more like he's the one at fault, and certainly not this little wonder.
Its elasticity of sound is amazing. Not so complicated to use once you go around a couple of times through the parameters.
Active step is a wonder for polyrhythms and the ability to change to sound concepts are a big plus.
Overall really pleased with the Volca Drum.
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