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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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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
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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Brendan W., 07.10.2015
I'm very happy with my Volca Keys. For the price this synth can produce some eminently usable sounds. There are minor things which i found a little disappointing, mainly that there is a single amplifier EG for all three voice. As a result you cant really play slowly shifting three voice pads affectively as each new note re-triggers the EG. This is by no means a fault and again, with the price in mind, not a big problem.

The unison sounds great and with the detune function makes this an excellent lead synth. The most fun thing about the unit is the sequencer, allowing you to move 'off grid' opens up some really interesting possibilities. I have three Volca's and the build quality is good throughout the range providing you don't knock them about.
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