The Korg Volca Keys is a polyphonic analogue synthesizer with a built in Electribe-style sequencer.
Featuring three voices and 27 keys, the Volca Keys generates powerful and tuneful chords and melodies in a compact form. Utilising a simple structure of three VCOs, one VCF, one VCA, one LFO and an EG, Korg has packed in everything you’d need to get into true analogue synthesis, and the Volca Keys compliments the Volca Bass and Volca Beats range of analogue instruments. The three oscillators can be used in unison to generate thick, lead lines or to play chords. It’s a great way to get into the world of sound design and synthesis.
The filter section is derived from the miniKORG 700S from the ‘70s and offers bright, chunky tones when open and rounds out when the cut off is lowered. The voicing function is an awesome way of dealing with how the oscillators are combined, with a simple, one knob operation with six combinations to choose from - Poly, Unison, Fifth, Unison Ring and Poly Ring. This gives you a massive scope to develop a unique and wide variety of sounds.
The Electribe style sequencer section lets you record phrases as you play them as well as to use the keys for individual note input, easily creating loops and phrases, while up to eight sequence patterns can be stored in the internal memory. To add further movement to the sequence there is also a delay effect which adds depth and dimension just like an analogue delay unit.
The main features of the Korg Volca Keys include:
- Simple three-voice analog synthesizer
- Voicing function lets anyone create sounds easily
- Delay effect for even more sonic possibilities
- Loop sequencer lets you record phases just as you play them
- Use the Motion Sequence function to meticulously craft your loops
- Use the Active Step function and Flux function to add dynamic change to your sequences
- Self-tuning function overcomes pitch drift - the weak point of an analog synth
- SYNC jack and MIDI IN connector allow synchronized performances with multiple units or with your DAW
- Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker for enjoyment anywhere