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Korg Volca Kick Bass Percussion Synthesizer

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The volca kick is an analog kick generator based on the powerful resonant sound of the original MS-20 filter. The MS-20 filter lets you create a wide range of kick sounds only possible through analog circuitry, ranging from solid kick drums to crisp kick basses. The 16-step sequencer, a distinctive feature of the volca, now has a new Touch FX featu...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The volca kick is an analog kick generator based on the powerful resonant sound of the original MS-20 filter. The MS-20 filter lets you create a wide range of kick sounds only possible through analog circuitry, ranging from solid kick drums to crisp kick basses. The 16-step sequencer, a distinctive feature of the volca, now has a new Touch FX feature that lets you control an effect instantly, giving you even more live performance potential. Experience the stunning power of an analog kick that cannot be obtained from a plug-in or a sample.

MS-20 Filter Oscillation
The volca kick generates its kick sounds using a completely analog circuit. To create those sounds, it uses the sound of an oscillating filter from the original MS-20. The powerful filter of the MS-20 self-oscillates when resonance is increased to the maximum, which is what has always leant the MS-20 its ability to produce powerful kick sounds with complex overtones.

Simple and effective parameters are provided, allowing you to freely design a wide range of kick sounds to your taste. Start the sound design process by using MS-20 RESONATOR (PITCH/BEND/SPEED) to control the sense of pitch that generates the "body resonance" of the kick sound. Then use PULSE TYPE/LEVEL to adjust the clip components to control the sense of attack, and AMP ATTACK/DECAY to intuitively control the decay of the sound. From tight kicks to fat, slow-decaying kicks and pitched kick bass, it's possible to create kick sounds that are appropriate for every type of dance music.

Control the Sound Using DRIVE and TONE
In addition to the analog kick generator circuit based on the MS-20 filter, there's an analog drive that includes multiple stages of distortion. The distortion level and type can be varied by a single knob, increasing the variety and power of the kick sounds. You can use the tone control to transform the character of the sound by adjusting the high-frequency range.

Powerful Kick Bass
The volca kick is not just a kick drum machine. You can use the 16-key touch-panel keyboard to perform dynamic kick bass, and take advantage of the volca kick's powerful analog circuitry to generate the sub bass sound that's indispensable to dance music styles such as grime or trap. Since the volca kick covers a wide pitch range from low- to mid-frequencies, your sequences can include a variety of sounds including low tom, high tom, and sound effects.

16-Step Sequencer
The volca kick features a 16-step sequencer that gives you plenty of improvisatory freedom. You can use it to quickly lay out a kick drum pattern, and it also supports realtime recording, which is an ideal way to perform kick bass phrases. And the pattern chain function lets you connect multiple sequence patterns for successive playback, making it possible to construct large-scale developments of 32, 64, or even 256 steps by joining up to 16 sequences.

The volca kick’s motion sequence function records your knob movements, letting you add time-varying change to the sound. This is great way to polish your loops, and also lets you generate highly original live performances. Up to 16 sequence patterns and sounds can be stored in internal memory.

The new Touch FX function further strengthens the performance potential of the volca kick. You can instantly trigger a sequence effect simply by touching a step key, transforming your realtime performance in kaleidoscopic ways. Sequence effects include the roll function that plays a sound repeatedly, the octave function that raises the pitch by one or two octaves, and the sustain function that immediately maximizes the amp decay. These are great ways to create punchy and powerful breaks.

Enjoy Anywhere
With its compact size, battery operation, and built-in speaker, it's easy to take the volca kick anywhere and perform any time.


  • : Multi touch keyboard / Step key
Kick Generator
    • Analog synthesis
    • Maximum Polyphony: 1 voice
    • Structure: VCF (no input MS-20 Rev1 filter as resonator), Pulse Generator, VCA, analogue DRIVE, analogue TONE
    VCO Wave:
    • Noise
    MS-20 Resonator:
    • Pitch/Octave, Bend, Speed
    VCF Type:
    • Low Pass Filter, 12 db/oct
    • Pulse Type, Level
    • Amp Attack, Decay
      Number of Parts:
      • 1
      Number of Steps: 16Number of Recording Patterns:
      • 16 (each with its own sound program)
      • Pattern Chain, Motion Sequence, Touch FX, Active Step, Accent, Slide, Bend Reverse, Roll (1/4, 1/2, 1/1, 4/3, 2/1, 3/1),
      • Octave (1 Oct Up, 2 Oct Up), Sustain, Swing
        Audio Output:
        • Headphones (3.5mm stereo mini jack)
        • Sync In (3.5mm monaural mini jack, Maximum input level: 20V)
        • Sync Out (3.5mm monaural mini jack, Output level: 5V)
        • In
          Power Supply:
          • AA alkaline battery x 6 or AA nickel-metal hydride battery x 6
          • Or AC adapter (DC 9V) (optional)
          • Battery Life: Approximately 10 hours (using alkaline batteries)
          Dimensions (W x D x H)
          • 193 x 115 x 46 mm / 7.60” x 4.53” x 1.81”
          • 377 g / 13.29 oz. (Excluding batteries)
          • Included Items: AA alkaline battery x 6 (for verifying operation), Sync Cable
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          Manufacturer's Warranty
          USA Warranty Policy

          All Korg products purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer purchaser as listed below:

          Labor: 1 Year
          Parts: 1 Year

          Exceptions: Tubes, AC Adapters, Foot Switches: 90 days

          Warranty Requirements and Limitations:

          -Proof of Warranty - The customer must provide proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty service. The dated sales slip or copy thereof is the only acceptable proof of purchase.

          -The product must be purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer and have a valid serial number.

          Damage resulting from the following causes are excluded from the warranty set forth above:
          -Misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse.
          -The cleaning of controls or contacts due to exposure to dirty, dusty, or otherwise contaminated environment.
          -Damage resulting from modification.
          -Damage to units used for loan or rental.

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          KorgVolca Kick Bass Percussion Synthesizer

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          These volcas are little beasts, & this kick is no exception!

          By "Buttons"

          from Spokane, WA

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          Comments about Korg Volca Kick Bass Percussion Synthesizer:

          You get a helluva lot for the money....I'm just kind of bummed that they don't have midi out ports.

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          If you want some serious deep bass kicks...grab this!

          By Jeff

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Korg Volca Kick Bass Percussion Synthesizer:

          Great addition to the Volca line. Must have for those deep bass kicks. Also does a lot more than just kicks. My second favorite Volca, in the Volca series. I now mute the kick on the beats and only use this. Well worth the money.


          Wasn't expecting too much, boy was I surprised!

          By DJ

          from ATL

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          Comments about Korg Volca Kick Bass Percussion Synthesizer:

          This thing is quite inspirational. I ordered this because I have all the other Volcas and I love them, but I wasn't expecting too much. I think I was mistaken. This may be much more useful than the Volca Bass for me when working with a limited number of Volcas, especially if I am keeping it all analog. The sound gives you a good drive and you can play basslines that are in stark contrast to the Volca Keys. This is in comparison with the Volca Bass which is kind of like a Volca Keys that sounds slightly different but does not have a delay or a sequencer that can play more than one bar. The Keys, Kick, and Beats make a nice all-analog (yes I know beats has some digital elements) combo.

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          Excellent bass machine

          By Studio jay

          from Austin Tx

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          • easy to use
          • Great sound(best ofthe Volca series)
          • Roll settings
          • Swing!


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              Comments about Korg Volca Kick Bass Percussion Synthesizer:

              Fantastic device. The swing isn't good, drive is good, it could use more volume.

              The output performs better than the other Volcas , though it is noisier than my other equipment. It sounds like quality, and it has a number of great features I didn't expect. They seem to be learning from Electin and Teenage Engineering.

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