The Korg Volca Beats is the rhythm machine in a new series of three portable, affordable, and analog music production tools by Korg - the Volca Keys, Volca Bass, and Volca Beats. The unit is incredibly simple, and hence very fun to use, and having a true analog engine with sounds heavily referencing classic drum machines, the Volca Beats sound quality delivers far beyond its footprint. The Volca Beats keeps it simple - six analog "parts" which are editable with only one knob per function; a built in step sequencer; one single effect - stutter, which generates repeated triggers; and MIDI in for both sync and note entry. It even has an internal speaker!
The samples were recorded direct from the Korg Volca Beats into an API 512c Lunchbox pre-amp, then through a channel of the SSL 9000k console for some slight compression and EQ, before being captured back in to Ableton Live with a Apogee Rossetta 200 ADC. It might be a consumer priced drum machine, but it was amongst some giants (with giant price tags). It was pretty surreal hearing the Volca's meaty analog kick booming through Genelec 1039A monitors.
3 Ableton Live sets
A selection of custom Drum Racks
The samples can be used in any DAW or any version of Ableton Live.
To use the project containing the Drum Rack, you'll need the following:
Ableton Live 10 Standard or above, and the usual Ableton system requirements:
- OS X 10.11.6 or later.
- Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor (Intel® Core™ i5 processor or faster recommended)
- 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Copyright, Terms and Conditions:
You can use these samples in your own music or performances, royalty free. Other rights are reserved by Liveschool, including sole rights to sales and distribution of the samples and template Ableton Live set.