Korg currently has its finger on the pulse of analog enthusiasts everywhere, and the new Volca series is no exception. With a rumored price of $150, these should be a no brainer for the public-- an analog drum machine, 3 voice VCO polysynth, and a 3 oscillator 303-style bass sequencer are all easy buys for musicians. I'm tempted to grab all three, considering the price. For a full spec sheet, visit the official Korg site.
You can expect these to hit stores sometime this summer-- July seems to be the official date, but there's always a sporting chance we'll see delays.
"Volca Keys - Analogue Loop Synth
Volca Bass - Analogue Bass Machine
Volca Beats - Analogue Rhythm Machine
Three true-analog synthesizers with built-in sequencers to generate the ultimate analog leads, basses, and rhythms
Following in the footsteps of the monotron, monotribe, and MS-20 Mini analog synthesizers, Korg announces the Volca series. volca is a new lineup of EDM production tools comprised of three distinct models: the Volca Keys lead synthesizer, the volca Bass synthesizer, and the Volca Beats rhythm machine. These powerful and fun-to-use true-analog devices deliver a diverse array of fat sounds that can be obtained only from an analog synthesizer. Each is also equipped with sequencing/recording capabilities for intuitively generating performances. Multiple volcas can be used in tandem via the vintage-style sync in/out, and with your favorite DAW software or MIDI keyboard via MIDI In. Battery operation and built-in speakers mean that you can conveniently play anywhere and anytime. These are the next-generation analog synthesizers, bringing you the ultimate sounds and grooves with ease and depth. Whether used together or by themselves, the volca series is poised to inject true analog power into any performance or studio setup!"