You are here

Korg Volca Sample 2

Digital Sample Sequencer By Robin Vincent
Published January 2021

Korg Volca Sample 2

Korg rework their popular Volca Sample with some welcome additions.

In his review of the original Korg Volca Sample in the SOS February 2015 edition, Paul Nagle believed it to be “the most versatile Volca yet,” and he’s not wrong. With the aptly named successor, the Volca Sample 2, it retains everything Paul liked about it and all the things he didn’t because it is almost entirely the same machine. The only noticeable changes to the exterior are a USB port that has been added in such a way as to make you believe it was always there, and the outer case is now a more subdued and groovy dark grey as opposed to the somewhat medicinal white of the former. All the other changes are under the hood, so let’s pop it open and have a look.

Recap

If you’re not familiar with the Volca Sample then let me tell you that it’s a fun little digital sample‑playing beat machine. It has a 10‑track sequencer of 16‑steps and a ‘Motion Sequencer’ where individual parameters like sample length, speed, level, pan and envelope can be recorded for each step of each track or smoothly automated across the pattern. It has an ‘Analogue Isolator’ built in, which is essentially a low‑ and high‑pass filter masquerading as Bass and Treble controls plus a rather funky reverb. It’s fast, fruity, full of life and character. It doesn’t do any sampling itself but with the new USB port, transferring samples over should be a piece of cake.

USB Port

The biggest new feature...

You are reading one of the locked Subscriber-only articles from our latest 5 issues.

You've read 20% of this article for free, so to continue reading...

  • Buy & Download this Single Article in PDF format £1.00 GBP$1.49 USD
    For less than the price of a coffee, buy now and immediately download to your computer or smartphone.
     
  • Buy & Download the Full Issue PDF 
    Our 'full SOS magazine' for smartphone/tablet/computer. More info...
     
  • Buy a DIGITAL subscription (or Print + Digital)
    Instantly unlock ALL premium web articles! Visit our ShopStore.
Published January 2021