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.
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.
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