Korg Volca Beats Analog Drum Machine

Analog Drum Machine with 16-step Sequencer, 10 Drum Parts, MIDI Input, Sync I/O, and Stutter Effect
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Nothing Beats the Sound of Analog Drums

Huge true-analog drums make the Korg Volca Beats analog drum machine a must-have for electronic and hip-hop producers. Like an ultra-affordable 808, Volca Beats gives you the rich, powerful sound of analog percussion matched with an Electribe-style sequencer. Create patterns with the ribbon controller or via MIDI from your sequencer - you even get Sync I/O to connect with your Korg Monotribe or Monotron! Sweetwater knows nothing beats analog drum sounds, and they're easy to create with the value-packed Korg Volca Beats drum machine.

Korg Volca Beats Analog Drum Machine at a Glance:

  • Six analog parts and four PCM parts, fully editable

  • A powerful sequencer makes it easy to create
  • Truly portable, and easy to integrate with other gear
Six analog parts and four PCM parts, fully editable

Let's cut to the chase - the Korg Volca Beats gives you six analog drum parts and four PCM drum parts, fully editable to your heart's content. That means you can create everything from punchy, glitched-out rhythms to booming 808-style grooves. And even though Volca Beats is an analog drum machine, you can store multiple patterns for easy recall later on.

A powerful sequencer makes it easy to create

The Electribe-style sequencer on the Volca Beats drum machine lets you create 16-step patterns, and store up to eight of them in internal memory. A cool Stutter function lets you easily create repeated triggers that'll instantly add some excitement to your pattern.

Truly portable, and easy to integrate with other gear

With its compact size and optional AC or battery power, the Korg Volca Beats is truly a go-anywhere groove box. Best of all, it's got the right connections to interface with any of your gear. It's got a MIDI input so you can control it via any MIDI sequencer, and it even has Sync I/O so it can play in time with Korg's Monotribe and Monotron analog synthesizers. Or simply create whatever drum sounds you like, then sample them for sequencing elsewhere.

Korg Volca Beats Analog Drum Machine Features:

  • Portable analog drum machine with Electribe-style sequencer

  • Six analog parts and four PCM parts are fully editable to create your own sounds
  • Sync In/Out makes it easy to play in time with Monotribe or other Volca machines
  • Control via the onboard ribbon or via MIDI input
  • Save up to eight patterns for later recall
  • Can sync to MIDI Clock from your DAW or external sequencer
  • Built-in stutter effect
  • Operates on 6 x AA batteries or KA-350 power adapter (not included)
True-analog beats are yours with the Korg Volca Beats!

Additional Media

Volca Beats Analog Drum Machine User Manual

Tech Specs

Sounds 10 drum parts
Patterns 8 user patterns
Sequencer 16-step
Pads 16 x keypad shaped touch sensors
Inputs 1 x Sync input,
Outputs 1 x Sync output, 1 x 1/8" headphone
Power AC adapter (sold separately), 6 x AA
Height 1.78"
Depth 4.54"
Width 7.61"
Weight .8 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number VOLCABEATS

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The Micro 808

The best drum machine for the price !!! Ordered a 104 capacitor thats missing on the cap for the snare circuit. Now this thing can hang with a Roland 808 !! Amazing !!!!!!

A Must Have!

I'm completely amazed at how amazing this little device is! I've watched many videos before I bought this and it's just such a different experience in person. The kick is super nice along with everything else. Everyone says how the snare is super weak, which it sadly is, but when you use the stutter effect on it, it's actually really nice. I csnt stop using this, you'll make such creative beats with this, and the stutter effect adds a whole new level of awesomeness to your beat. Don't hesitate, trust me and buy this now. You won't be disappointed.

Volca Beats

Works awesome with my Beat Step Pro!

The king of drum machines

I totally fell in love with this marvellous drum machine. It's as portable, small and light as a tissue box, easy to use and includes a great range of sounds. Also allows you to do a lot of experimentation at a very affordable price. One of the most amazing pieces Korg has ever released.
Music background: Amateur

Miniature TR-808!

This little box is unbelievable! It will give you the highly sought after 80's rhythm and drum sounds not possible with a digital sample drum machine. Why? Because it's analog! The sounds that are generated from the Volca Beats are made with synthesizer occillators rather than digitally recorded samples of drummers playing real drum sets. This little drum machine does not sound like an alesis sr 16 or boss dr. rhythm. It's more like a warm analog kind of click and pop sound which is very pleasing to the ears. And when you sync it with your synthesizer's arpeggiator and record a track, a very vintage and magical sound is achieved! The 8 preset sequences stored in it's memory are all you need to make great sounding rhythm tracks, all you need to do is to change them using the "step jump" feature and if you don't like the presets, you can erase them and program your own instead. And the two stutter knobs will change the sounds into things you've never heard before. The Volca Beats. has a midi input so it can sync with a synths midi out clock ,but a little trick I learned: if your synth and drum machine won't sync with midi, just set the tempo on both devices to the same value and turn them on at the same time, it works, believe me. The Volca Beats operates on the principles of step sequencing; 80s technology to the core! The computer records 16 steps or events and then plays them back in perfectly timed order as it loops them over and over, the result is a mechanical syncopated rhythm sound that is very pleasing to hear. Back in the day I had a roland tr-808 which had a sound similar to the Volca Beats, as I bought it so I could have metronome timing when I played my electric guitar, and I did a STUPID thing; I traded it to a friend of mine for an old marshall combo because I was not into electronic music at the time. The tr-808's are as rare as the jupiter 8 synths, neither of those exist on the planet earth today! The volca beats will play forever if you put AA batteries in it, specs say you can run it for 10 hours on batteries, but I think it's more, cause I've been using my volca beats like crazy and the batteries haven't run down yet. It does not come with an ac adaptor, but the specified ac adaptor is the korg model KA-350 which is the same one that comes with the ms-20 mini synth or the microkorg xl+. The drum pads are touch sensors and it will take a little getting used to because they don't physically move. It is possible to get rolls and fills when the sequences are played back so that way it won't sound like the same repeating pattern over and over again, But I'm not going to give away my secrets now because in time you too will figure out how to get fills and rolls from your own Volca Beats if you just learn what all the controls do. And the Volca Beats has an old style smpte time code output that will sync it with the two other korg volcas as well but that's another story. You need this little drum machine, that's all there is to it! You won't want to use your alesis sr 16 or boss dr. rhythm again after you find out what this little gem can do! But as you will soon find out, these are difficult to aquire because the back order time for these is months at a time, because everyone in the world wants one of these! This is an unbelievable price for something like this. I have three of them and I will not sell them or trade them for anything! Analog is back! Because it's the best.
Music background: guitars, recording, bands, a little of everything
See also: Drum Machines, Korg, Korg Sequencers, Korg Drum Machines & Samplers