Korg continues to hype their new Volca Sample, a sample sequencer that lets you edit and sequence up to 100 sample sounds in real time for fun and profit. Using a special iOS app, you can input your own samples and tweak away.
The step sequencer is designed for ease of editing and to allow parts to be inserted or removed “on the fly.” Use the 16 step keys to enter notes intuitively while maintaining visual confirmation of the timing of the notes in a measure. You can also record your performance in real time. Up to ten of the sequence patterns you create can be stored in internal memory.
The motion sequence function records your knob movements, letting you add time-varying change to the sound. This is a great way to polish your loops, and also lets you generate original live performances. The volca sample is able to record all knob movements that are related to sound editing. This allows sophisticated editing that had been impossible for hardware samplers of this category. Parameters that can be used with Motion Sequence:
— Start Point (Playback start location)
— Length (Playback length)
— Hi Cut (Cutoff frequency)
— Speed (Playback speed)
— Pitch EG Int (Pitch EG depth)
— Pitch EG Attack (Pitch EG attack time)
— Pitch EG Decay (Pitch EG Decay time)
— Amp Level
— Amp EG Attack (Amp EG Attack time)
— Amp EG Decay (Amp EG Decay time)
» Edit and sequence up to 100 sample
» Ability to Improvise and perform
» Motion sequencer records and plays back up to 11 parameters
» Active Step and Step Jump functions let you insert or remove steps
» Swing function lets you generate grooves
»Sculpt samples with the Analog Isolator
» Reverb effect
» Record, manage, and download samples from volca sample’s dedicated iOS app
» Song mode allows more dynamic performances
» Reverse function plays sampled sounds backwards
» Intuitive panel layout with numerous parameters to edit sounds and sequences
» Synchronized playback with other volca units, electribe, or DAW.
» MIDI In for sample trigger, sync and parameter changes from any MIDI device
» Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker for enjoyment anywhere
The Active Step function lets you skip steps during the sequence, and the Step Jump function lets you instantly play just the step that you’re pressing. From short-loop effects to unimaginably irregular rhythms, these functions allow dynamic performances as though you were performing the sequence itself. The Swing function adjusts the swing playback position, generating the distinctive groove of dance music styles such as hip-hop. As appropriate for the character of your song, you can shift between rushing and dragging the beat.
Volca sample features a frequency isolator, which lets you apply changes to the sound by boosting or cutting the low/high ranges. The isolator is implemented as an analog circuit, ensuring thick sound even in the flat position. The built-in reverb effect can be switched on/off for each part. The isolator and reverb can be used together, enhancing your live performance with possibilities such as cutting the low range and letting it fly.
No pricing has been announced, but it should be in line with Korg’s Volca range.