Synthesizers can be pretty expensive, but the company Korg has been doing a great job of making inexpensive synths with amazing features like the “Volca” line. These are small footprint analog synthesizers that have all kinds of nifty features like sequencers, ring modulators, and delays.
The Volca synth I’m focusing on this article is the Volca Keys.
The Volca Keys is not new, having first come out in 2013, but is just as cool today as it was when it was first introduced. No other company besides Korg has been able to come up with a competitively priced synthesizer with the amazing features the Volca Keys has.
Some of it’s most impressive features are:
MIDI input – this was the big problem with Korg’s “Monotron” series. Cool as they are, there’s no way to control them with an external device. This is not the case with the Volca Series.
Three voice polyphony – of course this isn’t amazing compared to digital synths, but as far as analog goes, it’s better than being Monophonic, which is what most other analog synths are that are under $700 by other manufacturers.
Built-in sequencer, ring modulator, and delay with automation – Not only is there a sequencer, but all of the built-in fx can be automated within the sequencer. This is very cool and opens up all kinds of possibilities.
Thanks to Sonic Lab for making this in depth review of the new Korg Vocal Sample. This thing is basically cool as fuck and I want one immediately. I’ve been impressed with all of the new tiny Korg items, but this one just takes the cake.
The coolest thing to me is the low sample rate and true vintage sound. We have so much technology these days. Korg is intentionally making items that are more limited, but in great ways. This makes you think outside the box which also helps keep you focused on making music rather than trying to select which of the 8 billion fx you should use and most modern digital hardware.