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Sonic LAB: Korg Volca Bass Review
  09-Sep-13
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Ununseptium    Said...

I'm noticing a fair bit of wobble in that big cutoff knob while you're tweaking it. Will it last long?

09-Sep-13 07:24 AM


Nick B    Said...

I cant pretend that this thing is built like a tank, but its serviceable. I guess it depends on how much you use it and how vigourous you might be, but they are not built to last an eternity it true.

09-Sep-13 07:42 AM


realist    Said...

wobble compared to what?

09-Sep-13 08:17 AM


Governmentyard    Said...

Where the hell do you take your loved one out for meals?

09-Sep-13 08:36 AM


Nick B    Said...

Well, somewhere nice would cost around 75/80£ around here, plus babysitter and taxi there and back, and you aint far off.

09-Sep-13 08:47 AM


RNFR    Said...

I'm pleasantly surprised by this little box. Is the pcb labelled like the Beats?I'd bet that modding it for individual oscillator volume level would not be difficult at all. Regarding the pots, they are not the highest quality, the shafts are made of durable, yet rather pliable plastic- hence the bendiness when a large knob is attached. my guess is that korg uses them because they are small, cheap, and due to the ridges that are usually used to fix the knobs in place, they are easily gripped without the extra cost of knobs. The good news is that they should not be difficult to replace. I'm already dreaming of adding switchable modes of fuzz! If I kill it in the process, oh well- It could've been a crappy date!!

09-Sep-13 11:18 AM


Sunny Jim    Said...

Great review, gives a very useful picture. Well done Nick.

09-Sep-13 11:33 AM


GTRman    Said...

Get a real mans bass synth. Moog Sub Phatty

09-Sep-13 02:27 PM


Bobisdead    Said...

Sub Phatty? - now I know exactly what kind of jerk-off GTRman is - you couldn't pay me to touch a Moog

09-Sep-13 07:11 PM


GTRman    Said...

Good because we don't need children playing around with professional instruments.

10-Sep-13 06:42 AM


Bobisdead    Said...

...said the bitter old man

10-Sep-13 11:17 AM


blox electric    Said...

Well, i like the volca reviews so far. I'm getting to see the reality of these units & that is what i want from a review. I've followed the volcas all year & have been digging around for some frankness about them. The forum banter is all hot air & written by people who don't own one yet but seem to see these through rose tinted glasses. This series of reviews now serves as a solid source of relevant info. C'm Nick...Show us the keys will ya'....Saving the best till last ?

10-Sep-13 12:12 PM


anickt    Said...

Can't the slide be turned on and off with the "slide edit" function? Great review as usual!

10-Sep-13 08:50 PM


Lou    Said...

Glad to see the bass getting a good rap. I agree the three oscillators is a way fun feature and it just sounds great!

Keep the videos coming Nick, I'm waiting till atleast September 25 in Australia. Kind of going crazy! Post some of your jams up!

11-Sep-13 04:13 AM


Saxifarag    Said...

Hi! What about a Dübreq Stylophone S2 review? Would make a good adition to the OP-1 and Volcas I think. I very much enjoy your show and reviews! Have become a fixed part of my TV replacement programm.

15-Sep-13 05:17 PM


Lee    Said...

After owning all three for the better part of a month I have to say the volca bass has kept my interest the longest,I actually love it to be honest. even with its limitations and little idiosyncrasies I think it has the potential of being a future classic.

14-Oct-13 09:06 AM


Paul    Said...

While its a great little synth, im having issues with note triggering (not via midi) while recording on to the second or third VCO it seems to cancel out previous notes on VCO1 and messes everything up, no idea why this is happening maybe a firmware update will resove this issue.

09-Nov-13 06:51 PM


mike    Said...

There's wobble in the big knob but it feels pretty sturdy! https://vimeo.com/83798675

10-Jan-14 06:14 PM


Mekkael    Said...

After Nicks review, I gave the volca bass a try. Its not an ms-20, or a minibrute but it is damn impressive for what it is and how much it costs. The only problems it has for me is that few of the knobs seem to produce an exponential change in values and that the LFO is not tempo synched and the filter is not as powerful as the one on the monotribe. other than its a pretty groovy little machine and pretty usable in production as well especially with a b it of distortion, delay and compression you get another colour in your sound pallet for £110

23-Mar-14 08:40 AM


BTNCRT    Said...

The LFO rate can be synched to the tempo if you hold down the FUNC button while rotating it.

16-Jul-14 07:48 AM


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