Korg have added more memory, features, and connectivity options—including micro USB for sample loading—to their popular compact sampler. 

The Japanese company’s first product release of 2020 since the Wavestate is the new, upgraded Volca Sample. The original version of the sample-based drum machine was released in late 2014, and it has remained popular throughout its lifetime.

Like the original, the new Volca Sample has a 12-bit sample playback engine, digital reverb and a dual-band analogue isolator. It provides an array of knobs for sample manipulation and performance sound-shaping, while being able to run on 6 AA batteries. It also has an integrated speaker and weighs 372g/13oz (without batteries), facilitating standalone use. 

Retaining all features of the original, the second generation model adds eight-voice polyphony (increased from three), more sample memory, a new, up to date sound library, and additional functions for an improved workflow.

Korg’s next-generation sampler has increased memory, with slots for 200 sounds, which is double its predecessor. This includes 150 samples while the remaining 50 slots are empty so users can load their own. Korg have also increased the number of patterns from 10 to 16. 

The new set of workflow features is rounded off with a Pattern Chain mode and a Start Delay function. Start Delay will allow the user to go off-grid, slightly delaying the start of any part for groove and swing. 

Perhaps the biggest change to the new Sample is the micro USB port, which provides a connection between the Volca Sample and a computer for sample management via forthcoming proprietary library software. It also lets the user control, sync, and play the new Volca Sample from any DAW. The newly added individual MIDI channel assignment per part should now make it easier to perform while using an external device such as a sequencer or keyboard.  

In addition to the aforementioned connections, Volca Sample will continue to support its iOS app, AudioPocket, which allows users to record new samples and transfer them to the Volca via the sync port.

The new Volca Sample will have an SSP of £159.00 and will be available worldwide and on the Attack store from September 2020.

Head to the Korg website for more information.

Author Aykan Esen
19th August, 2020

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