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VOLCA-MODULAR

Sale Price: $229.00 CDN
Original Price: $279.99 CDN

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A semi-modular analog synthesizer that makes modular synthesis more accessible and understandable than ever before. The compact body of this volca synth features eight modules and 50 patch points. While learning the basics of a modular synth, you can use popular features of the volca synthesizer line to control a unique and different flavour of analog sounds.

Eight modules
The volca modular is a semi-modular synthesizer 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 synthesizers 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.

Synthesizers of the "West Coast style" 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. The resulting sound and its changes were difficult to predict, causing these synths to be used in a more experimental capacity.

A world-wide movement toward embracing interesting sounds has received renewed attention, spurring a new look at the sounds of this "West Coast 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 modular's 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.

Musically advanced scales, keys, and micro tuning
Although the volca modular is a West Coast style synthesizer, 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.

Free bundle of music software
The volca drum comes with a diverse variety of music software. Includes the following Software for Mac/Windows:
- KORG Collection - M1 Le (synthesizer sound module)
- UVI Digital Synsations (synthesizer sound module)
- AAS Ultra Analog Session (synthesizer sound module)
- AAS Strum Session (acoustic guitar sound module)
- AAS Lounge Lizard Session (electric piano sound module)
- Propellerhead Reason Lite (DAW music production software)
- Skoove free 3 month trial of Skoove Premium (online piano lesson)
- KORG Gadget 2 Le for Mac (DAW music production software)
- iZOTOPE Ozone Elements (Audio Mastering Plug-in Software)

Specifications

Keyboard: Multi touch Keyboard / Step key

Synthesizer
Type: Analog synthesis
Maximum Polyphony: 1
Structure: 2 VCO (Triangle), 2 EG, 2 LPG, digital effect

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
Dimensions (W x D x H): 193 x 115 x 39 mm / 7.61 x 4.54 x 1.54 inches
Weight: 377 g / 0.83 lbs (Excluding batteries)
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