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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.

Amazing guitar learning app! Slow down riffs, remove vocals, print tabs, really learn how to play!

RiffMasterProoThere’s a lot of guitar learning apps out there, but I wouldn’t give the Demonic Sweaters seal of approval to many of them. However, RiffMaster Pro is one that really offers a TON of features, and I really do think this would help just about anyone learn how to play guitar!

It has so many features it’s pretty insane. You can slow down any piece of music WITHOUT changing the pitch. This way you can learn the part note by note easily. You can loop any section of the song over and over. You can zoom in and view the detailed waveform of any song. This allows you to pinpoint the exact section you want to work on, slow it down, loop it and practice. You can transcribe tabs of any music. It also allows you to remove the vocal track from existing songs! That’s pretty amazing, you can take out the vocal to hear what’s going on behind it!

You can download the trial for free and it will work on Mac, PC as well as iOS!

They also give you some really useful stuff in addition to the software like chord books, blank tab, chord and music sheets for printing, advice on how to buy a guitar online, free jam mp3s (music you can play along with) Really all and all this is a great package and they’ve done an amazing job putting all this together.

If you’re wanting to get started learning guitar, or getting better now, check this out!