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Korg Volca Modular
Korg Volca Modular
Korg Volca Modular
Korg Volca Modular
Korg Volca Modular
Korg Volca Modular
Korg Volca Modular
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Introducing the Korg Volca Modular; a semi-modular synthesiser comprised of eight standalone modules which are each internally connected - these internal connections are automatically over-ridden if an external one is made so you won't be limited in what you can make the Volca Modular do. In fact the concept of this brand new addition to the Volca series is that it follows in the experimental vein of the "West Coast" sound; a trend considered old-fashioned by some but which is now beginning to make a comeback. The signal levels in this brilliant little device are universally compatible between each module, allowing for enormous variety and creativity of sound, and the experimental nature of the Volca Modular is reinforced by the inclusion of a 16-step sequencer.

Eight modules

The volca modular is a semi-modular synthesiser consisting of independent analog synth modules, digital effects, and a sequencer. Each of the modules has been carefully selected for its stand-alone completeness. The modules are internally connected so that sound can be produced even before connecting the included pin cables, and the routing is shown by white lines on the panel. Module connections via a pin cable take priority over the internal connections, bypassing them.

A fusion of West Coast style in a volca format

Analog synthesiser in which a simple oscillator such as a saw wave or square wave is modified by a filter are referred to as "East Coast style" because of their origin from well-known American manufacturers. Synths of this style, as exemplified by the MS-20, have continued to evolve towards a goal of being used in many mainstream musical genres, thus being equipped with a keyboard for performance. Their sounds are notable for sharp filters and rich presence, and can be heard in many well-known songs.

Synthesisers of the "West Coast style" evolved in a uniquely different direction from such musical developments. Pursuing the freedom that is inherent to electronic musical instruments, these were based on oscillators such as FM modulation which generated numerous overtones, and used random and complex control signals and low-pass gate circuits to vary tonal character and volume, so that slight movement of a knob might dramatically transform the sound. While their potential was acknowledged, the resulting sound and its changes were difficult to predict, causing these synths to be used in a more experimental capacity.

For these reasons, hardware products of this style have been few in number. However, recent years have seen the popularity of modular synths such as Eurorack, as well as DAW plugin instruments that resurrect classic bygone synths of the past. This world-wide movement towards embracing interesting sounds has received renewed attention, spurring a new look at the sounds of this style.

Starting from analog, and freely taking in all elements including FM and PCM, the volca series has also focused on this trend. And now, this distinctive "West Coast style" sound has been added to the KORG volca series.

Patching allows infinite possibilities

volca modulars modules are connected via the included pin cables, allowing a diverse range of combinations. The unit's compact chassis provides 50 patch points. Inputs and outputs are colour-coded for recognition at a glance, and the signals are also marked by symbols to indicate audio, control, gate or trigger. Normally, each signal is connected according to its use, but on the volca modular, signal levels are universally compatible between modules, allowing hidden possibilities to arise from patching that defies common sense. Twenty pin cables are included, and also included is a reference sheet explaining each patch point and providing basic examples of patching.

Sixteen-step sequencer that can automate parameters

While the volca modular is a semi-modular synth, it is equipped with a full-fledged 16-step sequencer providing a wide range of functions, letting you enjoy automatic performance even when used stand-alone.

Using the 16 buttons familiar from the volca series, you can perform step input or use the buttons as a keyboard for realtime recording. The pattern chaining function plays back multiple sequence patterns in succession, allowing you to connect up to 16 sequences with up to 32, 64, or even 256 steps to create large-scale development.

The motion sequence function records knob movements, letting you add time-varying change to the sound. You can create loops, or use this function live for strikingly original performances. Up to 16 sequence patterns and sounds can be saved in the unit.
Also provided is an active step function which lets you play back while skipping the steps you specify. You can skip the latter half to produce a short loop, use an alternate time signature to create polyrhythms, and evolve sequence patterns in real time to create a dynamic performance.

Randomize function that can generate accidental ideas

The sequencer of the volca modular lets you specify randomization for notes, active steps, and micro tuning. Irregular phrases, rhythms, and scaling that would be unlikely to come to mind can be generated by applying randomness, letting the volca be a source of unknown ideas.

Two new modes added for sequence playback

Two new sequence modes have been added: bounce sequence mode which makes a round trip through the steps, and stochastic sequence mode which gradually proceeds while randomly moving forward and backward. Playing back a recorded sequence in a different form can add dramatic changes to your song or performance.

Musically advanced scales, keys, and micro tuning

Although the volca modular is a West Coast style synthesiser, it also provides flexible support for music as a contemporary instrument. You can choose from 14 types of scale including equal temperament. Since you can also specify the tonic key from which these scales start, you can play these scales in any key.

There's also a micro tuning function that lets you individually specify the pitch of each note. You can pursue your own unique music by performing in an original tuning with the pitch of individual notes raised or lowered.

Connectors that allow synchronized performance and external control

With a sync jack that allows easy connection to a Korg groove machine, you can connect the volca modular to another volca series unit, a minilogue, monologue, or prologue, an electribe, or the SQ-1, and enjoy sessions with the sequencer synchronized to the playback.

The CV IN jack for external control is a TRS mini stereo jack that lets you input two signals. The left channel can input a 5V signal and the right channel can input a signal of 1V/oct (0+6V) signal which is internally converted to pitch CV within the volca modular. Of course, each of these two signals can also be patched to control a module.
Enjoy anywhere

Compact, size, battery operation, and built-in speaker mean that you can take this unit anywhere and enjoy playing at any time.

Specifications:

Keyboard:

  • Multi touch Keyboard / Step key

Sequencer:

  • Number of parts: 1
  • Number of Steps: 16 (pattern chain is available)
  • Number of Recording Patterns: 16

Connectors:

  • Audio Output: Headphones (3.5mm stereo mini jack)
  • Sync:
    - Sync In (3.5mm monaural mini jack, Maximum input level: 20V
    - Sync Out (3.5mm monaural mini jack, Maximum Output level: 5V)
  • Control In: CV-IN jack (TRS mini phone jack)

Power:

  • Battery Life: Approximately 10 hours (using alkaline batteries)
  • Power supply: AA alkaline battery 6, AA nickel-metal hydride battery 6 or AC adapter KA-350 (optional)

Others:

  • Included Items: AA alkaline battery 6 (for verifying operation), Sync cable, Pin cable for patching 1 set, Module reference sheet
  • Accessories (sold separately): AC adapter (KA-350), SEQUENZ CB-4VOLCA hard shell case, SEQUENZ CC-VOLCA soft shell case, SQ-CABLE-6 sync cale
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 193 115 39 mm / 7.61 x 4.54 x 1.54 inches
  • Weight: 377 g / 0.83 lbs (Excluding batteries)
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