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Old 9th April 2019
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Does this thing sound good? Volcas, admittedly bring out the teenage girl in me.......but something about this latest batch doesn't feel the real deal. first time, I haven't been like "OMG....MUST GET, or will post revenge porn" (Maybe my dogs going at it)
Old 19th April 2019
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I have two of them plus an sq1 and volcamix. Nice setup, fun to work with. BUT I find myself getting fatigued/bored with the timbres I can get. They are either harsh or boring after a while, and I haven't heard anything yet to the contrary. Rhythmic sequences and micro tuning are interesting especially if I randomize gates, or clock somewhat, and between the 2 VMs I have gotten some ok results that way, and some harmonic modulated drones are ok. I find it difficult to achieve woody type timbres instead of the harsh metallic sounds. Also the envelope/function generators don't function well if triggered from the touch keyboard, ie it is impossible, for me, to trigger the lpg in a percussive manner from the touch kbd.. The sequencer does much better, but for myself that gets pretty monotonous. More frustrating still, is the triggering from my qunexus or midi guitar (converted to cv), the VM envelopes don't retrigger, but have to complete cycle before another note can be played. If I am missing something here please let me know.I truly expected to like this system, obviously I sprung for 2 and mixer, but unlike some synths (thinking of my se02) it's limitations are not liberating, but seem simply limiting. For some reason, in spite of all, I keep working on it. It is still fun, I suppose. BTW I've owned a West Coast type Make noise euro rack, as well as 0 coasts, and have Aalto, and so I am not unfamiliar with the processes involved. Maybe if Korg could have squeezed in a multi wave form oscillator, more flexible function generators (can't do any slow envelopes for instance), and pluckier lpgs ... but then it is still an interesting and totally unique synth at the price.
Old 20th April 2019 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Degran13 View Post
I have two of them plus an sq1 and volcamix. Nice setup, fun to work with. BUT I find myself getting fatigued/bored with the timbres I can get. They are either harsh or boring after a while, and I haven't heard anything yet to the contrary. Rhythmic sequences and micro tuning are interesting especially if I randomize gates, or clock somewhat, and between the 2 VMs I have gotten some ok results that way, and some harmonic modulated drones are ok. I find it difficult to achieve woody type timbres instead of the harsh metallic sounds. Also the envelope/function generators don't function well if triggered from the touch keyboard, ie it is impossible, for me, to trigger the lpg in a percussive manner from the touch kbd.. The sequencer does much better, but for myself that gets pretty monotonous. More frustrating still, is the triggering from my qunexus or midi guitar (converted to cv), the VM envelopes don't retrigger, but have to complete cycle before another note can be played. If I am missing something here please let me know.I truly expected to like this system, obviously I sprung for 2 and mixer, but unlike some synths (thinking of my se02) it's limitations are not liberating, but seem simply limiting. For some reason, in spite of all, I keep working on it. It is still fun, I suppose. BTW I've owned a West Coast type Make noise euro rack, as well as 0 coasts, and have Aalto, and so I am not unfamiliar with the processes involved. Maybe if Korg could have squeezed in a multi wave form oscillator, more flexible function generators (can't do any slow envelopes for instance), and pluckier lpgs ... but then it is still an interesting and totally unique synth at the price.
That was my general impression from demos, just doesn't sound that good.
Old 21st April 2019 | Show parent
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Just a bit of keyboard playing, but very slow on these tiny keys
Old 21st April 2019
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Nice complex drone tones, Weinglas.

Here's about 10min of craziness from VM with some Bastl Microgranny through CV/audio-in
Old 8th May 2019
  #366
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Acid Fusion using the Volca Modular in the Mix

Old 25th May 2019
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? AciD TriPNoTic JaM ? - 8 Step Sequencer Kit & Breadboard. Decided to create a song once it was finished. Sequencing the V. Modular, AE Modular & Nanosynth NS1......Hope you enjoy...


Old 31st May 2019 | Show parent
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The Korg Volca Modular used as a two voice battery powered synth for the garden:

Old 4th June 2019 | Show parent
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That was my general impression from demos, just doesn't sound that good.
Same here, my impression was "must buy a 0-coast" (which I did).
Old 9th June 2019
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MoDular SpAcE TriPnOtic JaM



Old 26th June 2019 | Show parent
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Volca Modular CV tracking with Arturia Keystep?

Hi!

I am trying to get Volca Modular to respond to CV/gate input from my Arturia Keystep, and via a cable with two 3.5 mm mono to one 3.5 mm stereo connection I basically get it to work, but the intonation is totally off; an octave on the Keystep plays back like an octave plus a minor third, so the tracking doesn't seem to work? I've tried different scale selections on the Volca but to no avail, it responds in the same (wrong) way to incoming CV.

Has anyone managed to get the Volca to respond correctly to incoming CV, via Keystep or another controller like the Beatstep or Qunexus? Arturia and Keith McMillen support couldn't assist me in this, but thought the problem was how the Volca handles incoming CV. I saw the video on youtube with a guy connecting Keystep to Volca Modular, but it doesn't help me in this tracking issue...

Thanks for your help!

Kind regards from Sweden
Old 19th July 2019 | Show parent
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Hi!

I am trying to get Volca Modular to respond to CV/gate input from my Arturia Keystep, and via a cable with two 3.5 mm mono to one 3.5 mm stereo connection I basically get it to work, but the intonation is totally off; an octave on the Keystep plays back like an octave plus a minor third, so the tracking doesn't seem to work? I've tried different scale selections on the Volca but to no avail, it responds in the same (wrong) way to incoming CV.

Has anyone managed to get the Volca to respond correctly to incoming CV, via Keystep or another controller like the Beatstep or Qunexus? Arturia and Keith McMillen support couldn't assist me in this, but thought the problem was how the Volca handles incoming CV. I saw the video on youtube with a guy connecting Keystep to Volca Modular, but it doesn't help me in this tracking issue...

Thanks for your help!

Kind regards from Sweden
There is a setting in Midi Control Center to set a base note for CV.
Old 12th September 2019
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Old 17th October 2019
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Old 13th November 2019
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Doesn't look like this one hasn't saved Rock n' Roll after all.
Old 27th December 2019
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I need a tutorial to connect Volca Modular to SQ-1.
There is a video about it on YT, but its quality is poor.
So text or picture is more preferable.
Old 17th January 2020
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Anyone here who combined it with the Bastl Castle?i.e. can i directly plug the kastle osc out into the LPG/reverb of the Volca etc?
Old 17th January 2020 | Show parent
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Anyone here who combined it with the Bastl Castle?i.e. can i directly plug the kastle osc out into the LPG/reverb of the Volca etc?
I used it all the Time with my Volca..I have a few Vids on the Tube using both...
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Old 17th January 2020 | Show parent
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I didn't realize the AE Modular was that small. That setup looks like a heck of a lot of fun, though. I bet the tunes that come out of that are unreal.
Old 17th January 2020 | Show parent
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I used it all the Time with my Volca..I have a few Vids on the Tube using both...
neat little setup

Did you ever try sending pitch from the volca sequencer to the Bastl osc?Does it more or less track or not usable for (more or less) harmonic stuff?
Old 17th January 2020 | Show parent
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I didn't realize the AE Modular was that small. That setup looks like a heck of a lot of fun, though. I bet the tunes that come out of that are unreal.
yes it is quite small I had a lot of fun with the a e modular and the rest of the micro modular game I still have most of the stuff. It was my video I created using all of this stuff together I hope you like.....https://youtu.be/lKp6T5vtQaw
Old 17th January 2020 | Show parent
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neat little setup

Did you ever try sending pitch from the volca sequencer to the Bastl osc?Does it more or less track or not usable for (more or less) harmonic stuff?
Yes I was able to do all of that every witch way you can patch it was done between the volca modular and the Bastle Kastle. Here's a video demonstrating close to it not perfect but you get the point this is a video I created a few months back...https://youtu.be/DOL2zhksN4A
Old 27th January 2020
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well,that escalated quickly...i bought a 0-coast and SQ-1 Sequencer as well to pair it with the bastl and Volca...question:the Volca expects a +/- 6 volt signal at CV in but the 0-coast boost out a 10v signal...is it safe to patch it in anyway?Currently i use only the normal audio out from Coast but it's a little on the quiet side.

such a fun mini sound laboratory,i love it
Old 27th January 2020 | Show parent
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well,that escalated quickly...i bought a 0-coast and SQ-1 Sequencer as well to pair it with the bastl and Volca...question:the Volca expects a +/- 6 volt signal at CV in but the 0-coast boost out a 10v signal...is it safe to patch it in anyway?Currently i use only the normal audio out from Coast but it's a little on the quiet side.

such a fun mini sound laboratory,i love it
Shouldn't be a problem functionally. It does mean that certain modulations will get clipped, so you may want to look into getting some attenuation for the sake of convenience.
Old 27th January 2020
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Thanks,it's not all about modulations though (i realized the bastl can also work as a converter for the volca) but i also like to patch in audio and feed it through the reverb and change the amount via motion control,stuff like that.

But i get the point.
Old 17th February 2020
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How to reset CV Input calibration to factory defaults?
Old 22nd February 2020
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Can someone tell me the longest release times you can get on the 2 EGs on the Volca Modular?
Old 24th February 2020
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Awaiting the arrival of mine.
Meanwhile I found this gem of a video!
This person has some great stuff!


Old 25th February 2020
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Totally rocks!


Old 25th February 2020
  #390
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nice

Do you use the function generator as 2nd oscillator?
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