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Your Post-Korg Volca mini-analog-OTB Setups

'ello All,

Thanks to the Korg Volca's I feel as though the floodgates have open for small, rather minimal, OTB setups.

While I will always remain ITB for the most part, I've pretty much fully committed to dedicating a small amount of space to an OTB setup based around the Volcas. Just for fun really.

What I'm thinking is...

Sound sources:
Volca Bass,Keys,Beats
Electribe ESX

Mixer:
Allen&Heath 12FX

Effects:
monotron Delay
Spring reverb of some sort...rather undecided on this one.

Sequencer:
Electribe ESX

I've thrown around the idea of adding the OTO Biscuit, Tetra, Monotribe, and DP/4 in there, but I'm not sure if I even want to complicate it that much.

Have the Volcas inspired any mini-slutty plans for you guys?
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Edirol battery-powered mixer of some sort
Alesis Wedge
Yamaha SU10
Yamaha QY-70/100

My idea is that other components should also be cheap, somewhat lo-fi, and preferably battery powered. Also, simple and portable, so that the whole 'studio' fits in a backpack or single hard case.

Think Ceephax Acid Crew - fun factor and immediacy matters a lot, so best to avoid menu-diving or spec-w.ankery.
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Not into the volcas but recently played my first solo set with just an A4. Sounds amazing through a system and is probably the only synth capable of a one synth set that isn't just ambient noodling.

Didn't even use a mixer, just sent the main outs and got to it. That's as minimal as you can get and still have an all analog signal path.
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I've been making plans for an OTB Volca setup for the basement man-cave:

• Volca trio
• nanoloop 2.6 for Gameboy Advance
• Monotron
• Tapco Mix60
• Zoom 1202
• Boss BR-532 (w/ MIDI out for syncing and recording)
• Kenton THRU-5
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CZ-101 midi into Analog Four
Analog Four as the main sequencer running midi thru to a 1x4 midi thru box
Clock pulse running out of A4 CV to sync all three Volcas and the Monotribe.
Midi from the thru box to Volca keys, and the Monotribe, maybe others too.

I might add Casio RZ-1 to the mix as well getting midi from the 2nd A4 midi out.

All the units audio to an old Boss mixer with a few FX boxes along the way.
FX send on the Boss to a DSP2024P rack FX

This way, by changing midi channels on the CZ-101 I can record melodies on the fly to the A4 and trigger any of the Volcas or the Monotribe from the 101 keyboard. The 101 I use for live pads and atmospheres running into a delay pedal.

Live otb baby!
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Volca's
Monotribe
Microsampler
Monotron delay
Behringer xenyx 1002B
Behringer iP40

All battery operated for jamming at the lakeside.
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Volca beats, bass, keys
Electribe A, R, S
Microwave XT
Behringer Xenyx 1202
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Volca bass maybe add keys later
Technosaurus microcon 2
Korg esx
Tapco mix60
Og alesis midiverb
Couple analog delay pedals, one boutique one cheap
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All the units audio to an old Boss mixer with a few FX boxes along the way.
FX send on the Boss to a DSP2024P rack FX
Is that old Boss mixer a BX-60? I used to have one of those, along with a DSP2024P which I loved. Biggest downside was the lack of MIDI sync even though it had MIDI in only used for program changes etc. I actually liked a lot of the effects and I appreciate that it had distortion because that can be hard to find in a multi effects rack. I recently got back a Zoom 1202 I sold to a friend 14 years ago or so. It's got some really nice mojo. Weird lo-fi vibe in that good way. Should be great with the Volcas.
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Is that old Boss mixer a BX-60? I used to have one of those, along with a DSP2024P
It's actually a BX 800, but yeah I like it, it adds some grit for sure. I certainly can't fault the 2024 either, it has some great effects for a really good price.
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Loving these setups!

Are the Yamaha QY sequencers the best bet for portable battery powered sequenecers?

I love the Korg electribes, but battery power IS an attractive feature.
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Volca bass maybe add keys later
Technosaurus microcon 2
Korg esx
Tapco mix60
Og alesis midiverb
Couple analog delay pedals, one boutique one cheap
how do you plan on sequencing the microcon2? its my fav synth ever and I don't know what to do OTB for cheap
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Volca's
Monotribe
Microsampler
Monotron delay
Behringer xenyx 1002B
Behringer iP40

All battery operated for jamming at the lakeside.
Have you done this? I'm quite interested in battery powered setups as I enjoy nature jamming too! It usually involves a melodica or kalimba... nothing electronic. I would LOVE to have electronic jams in nature.

Would anyone have any recommendations for a battery powered, or re-chargeable, portable generators with multiple outlets? Nothing noisy or gas powered...
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I'm going to (initially anyway) have the Volcas midi-ed up to my EMX1. Will get a little mixer to run them all through, maybe something with an aux or two so I can hook up my SPX to it for some old school effects.

Going to keep it completely independent of the rest of my setup, with the only link being a stereo out to my interface for recording.

Picking up one of each of the Volcas btw.
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Pardon my ignorance, but what do OTB and ITB stand for?
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Volca's
Monotribe
Microsampler
Monotron delay
Behringer xenyx 1002B
Behringer iP40

All battery operated for jamming at the lakeside.
Love this setup. Microsampler is one of the most underappreciated gems ever.
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Have you done this? I'm quite interested in battery powered setups as I enjoy nature jamming too! It usually involves a melodica or kalimba... nothing electronic. I would LOVE to have electronic jams in nature.
No. I haven't got the Volca's or iP40 as they are not on the market yet.

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Would anyone have any recommendations for a battery powered, or re-chargeable, portable generators with multiple outlets? Nothing noisy or gas powered...
I have no experience with battery powered PA's, but something like what Dub FX uses must be good enough for me. I think the iP40 could do that.
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Pardon my ignorance, but what do OTB and ITB stand for?
ITB OTB

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I don't currently plan to buy the Volcas, but I recently put together a "mini" setup that doesn't require a computer and takes up little space. It'a made up of an MPC 1000, Pocket Piano, Bolsa Bass and an occasional ipad. All can be battery powered with the exception of the MPC. This setup is really fun and efficient. I'm able to monitor the output of the Piano and Bass thru the MPC headphone jack, and the arpeggios sync automatically via MIDI Clock.

I'll be purchasing this rolling table soon to make it mobile from room to room. Aesthetically, I love the how the wood accents compliment each other.

This is slightly off topic, but still related. Might even inspire some of the Volca setups.
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how do you plan on sequencing the microcon2? its my fav synth ever and I don't know what to do OTB for cheap
I send a midi out track from the esx. But i have an arpie to seq it as well. Its a tiny midi arpeggiator.
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It has begun!

I didn't exactly stick to the gameplan, but whatever.

Korg Volca Bass
Allen&Heath ZED-10FX
Alesis 3630
Vox Stomp Lab
Digitech Synth Wah
AKAI Synthstation 49 w/ iPad 2 running Touchable and Genome
Yamaha AN200
Waldorf Rocket
Gemini Turntable
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