Korg Volca Keys

Analog loop synthesizer

  • 3 Voice
  • 3 VCOs, 1 VCF, 1 VCA, 1 LFO and 1 EC
  • Voicing function
  • Delay effect
  • Loop sequencer
  • Motion sequence function
  • Active step and flux function
  • Self-tuning function against pitch drift
  • Multitouch trigger pad/step button
  • LED display
  • Integrated loudspeaker
  • Sync I/O 3.5 mm mini mono jack
  • MIDI in
  • Headphone output: 3.5 mm Mini-jack stereo
  • Power supply: 6 AA batteries or via optional power supply (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

Number Of Keys 27
Touch-Sensitive No
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel No
Amount of simultaneous tones 3
Sound Engine Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In
Storage Medium None
USB-port No
Effects Delay
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No

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(Too) many features in a small box

bertel3, 18.07.2014
Many features packed into a small synth. I'm sure this works for some people, but I found it to be way too limited. Although, I know, it's very cheap.

Here are some limitations that I found annoying. Some of these might be hard to guess before actually using the unit:

- It's not polyphonic, it's paraphonic. There are 3 VCO's but they share the same VCA. In practice it sounds like the held notes would be triggered again when you play a new note.
- Although the Keys receive velocity when played live, the sequencer does not record it. So the velocity of every note is 100%.
- No ability to bypass recording midi (key) notes from an external midi-keyboard.
This means that if you simultaneously play live on a keyboard and record your automations on the Volca itself, the notes you played get recorded on every loop, over and over again. You have to record the automation separately.
- Sequencer has only 16 steps. Although the scale can be adjusted: 1/1, 1/2 and 1/4.
- Peak (resonance) cannot be automated or affected through midi.
- No MIDI out. Although you can relatively easily make your own. Similarly to Arturia BeatStep, I would suggest a 1/8 TRS jack (next to the MIDI IN jack).
- Only headphones out. If you plan not to use headphones, you need (half of) an insert cable or some other special configurations.
- The scope of the sounds that you can produce with this is very limited. Although the automation helps a lot, but still.
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This is not a musical instrument. Rather a musical-like gadget

Miguel Francisco, 14.12.2017
I start by the point that this is not a real musical instrument. Rather a Toy and poor of features. However, it is very complicate for a kid. So no good like a toy either. I bought it for my son (12 years old) and he could not get something interesting out of it. Just some noisy arpeggios. So I tried myself cause I am used to programe Synths and electronic musical machinery. For me it is too poor of features (only one wave shape), sounds horrible and looks like a toy. So I have to send it back. Not the fault of Thomann. They are very gently and profesional. This is the fault of Korg that has lost the wire on making good budget instruments.
I saw the video of the model Volca FM. It looks like being a much more value for the price even if the construction looks similar. But FM one will be for a person who manage well FM synthesis I guess. Impossible for a kid. Otherwise it will be very limited to few tricks that Korg has managed to add for easy usage. For this price you can get a CASIO keyboard and make your son happy.
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