Category Archives: Drum Machines

KORG Volca Sample is iOS only to transfer samples? WTF Korg?

I knew the unit didn’t sample on its own, but I didn’t know it was iOS only. That’s pretty stupid. They should have at least given you a way to just connect usb to a windows machine. I still think it’s a cool device, but I have no plans of ever getting an Apple product.

The KORG volca sample is a fun-looking sample “sequencer” – it can play back, modify, and mangle pre-recorded samples in a step sequencer. But it requires a dedicated iOS app to do the actual sampling.

That makes for a mixed bag, straight out of the gate. As KORG says:

“The new volca lets you recapture the excitement of the first generation of samplers, in which any sound — vocals, spoken words, ambient sound, or glitches — becomes material for your creations!”

– right, but then it leaves out one of the best things about those hardware samplers, namely – sampling.

With that disappointment out of the way, the volca sample otherwise is full of some cool ideas. Let’s have a look at what it can do.

The heart of the beast is the sound parameters, which you can then map to individual steps:

Sample select, start point, length, hi cut

Pitch: speed, envelope, attack, decay

Amplitude: level, pan, attack, decay

And you can motion-sequence each of these.

There’s also per-sample reverse and reverb, plus overall reverb mix and swing.

The “Analog Isolator” gives you bass and treble controls. (UK-style, that’s “Analogue Isolator” on the front panel.)

via KORG’s Latest volca sample Sequences Sounds – But You Need an iOS App to Add Your Own Sounds – Create Digital Music.

Acid is making a comeback and it’s being lead by Korg Volcas and YouTubers

I keep seeing more and more posts of people making Acid beats like this one by Honeysmack.

I think all the new inexpensive hardware synths and sequencers are partly responsible for this revival, but it’s cool… whatever the reason is.

There’s definitely a plethora of cool toys out there right now and a lot of people using them in cool ways.

I love acid

Free Finger Drumming Lessons with the master, Jeremy Ellis

If you’re just getting started playing pads, these videos can be of great help. They helped me quite a bit. Even if you already play, there’s some great techniques shown in Jeremy’s vids. If you’ve never seen Jeremy Ellis play pads, it is truly a sight to behold. He is seriously one of my favorite “drummers” right now.

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If you’re looking to buy a pad controller, I recommend the Akai MPD26 below. They’re very affordable and very well made. I have the 24 which is very similar but no longer being produced.

G-Stomper | The Best Music Making App for Android

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iOS may have a lot of the big names like Korg, Moog and Fairlight, but there’s a great app out there for Android that holds a ton of power and quite capable of making incredible music in the palm of your hand!

G-stomper is a full music production suite that works on your Android device. It is a sample pattern-based sequencer that also now features a built in synth. There are tons of great features like programmable filters, pitch, fill ins, swing feature, pattern and song creation, render to wav function and more.

It has already been around for a couple of years now, but this is not some one trick pony app. It is constantly being developed and improved upon. Not only that, even early versions were pretty great. I was so impressed with it early on that I created an entire album made using only G-stomper in 2013.

If you’ve ever used a pattern sequencer or groovebox you should find G-Stomper very intuitive. There’s also an incredibly active Google Plus users group where you can get answers to any question you might have. This is a great app, and is hours and hours of fun. You can make entire albums right on your phone!

There’s also tons of sound add on packs you can get from the Google Play store, a couple even a couple made by me that are samples of my Mothman synths. I highly recommend this app. If you want to get into making electronic music and don’t have much space or just would rather use your phone than a computer, this is for you.

Also just so you know, I am not affiliated with G-Stomper in anyway. Learn more and get G-stomper here!

M-Audio’s new Trigger Finger Pro could set the new standard for pad controllers

There’s more options for finger drummers out there than ever right now, and M-Audio fairly recently released their new Trigger Finger Pro. The more I see about this controller the more I like it. This video shows a great performance using all the original samples that come with the unit. The nice big display screen is definitely a nice feature and the built in step sequencer is a very cool feature.

The only controller that seems to be in the same league as the TFP one is the Maschine, which is an amazing product. But the Maschine MK2 is $599, where as the TFP is only $199. I can’t comment on the feel of the pads themselves since I haven’t used one personally. But from what I have seen they look like nice sized pads and most comments about them have been good.

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