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megamarkd
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I guess the quill in my ass comes from the fact that the speakers on the other Volcas don't feel like they're taking up space which could've been put to better use. I feel like they want those speakers to fill out the face panel so that it doesn't look so stark and void.

My idea of a sequencer would be 3-4 selectable lanes that would hold 16 patterns of 16 steps (with varying resolution a la Volca FM) of automation for volume/pan-balance/Isolator/FX Send/etc. It doesn't even need anything else like fake-ass stereo widening. The idea of a Volca Mixer is pretty straight-forward, yet they whiffed it with this turd. If they just took the time to write on a whiteboard "what is a Volca?" or, "what should a Volca Mixer do?" then it wouldn't be so far off the mark, but as-is it simply doesn't check enough boxes to fit into the product line. Luckily there's a lot of other goodies from NAMM this year to drool over!


Ah that idea of automating the controls on the mixer would be fun. Bouncing mutes on a different length pattern to that the units are running on could be interesting.
I agree about the stereo width knob; I only own the two percussion units and don't know if there is any stereo features on the others so kept quite about the uselessness of adjusting the stereo width on mono instruments.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems like one of the better features, depending on the effect it has it could be cool. Maybe the onboard FX will really pound
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thehighesttree wrote:
It seems like one of the better features, depending on the effect it has it could be cool. Maybe the onboard FX will really pound


I'd like to think so. I mean really a compressor on the Vkick is not too needed, but I put one there anyway and the gate does make my ears a little less fatigued from hiss. I do think the Vbeat needs a compressor so that will be very welcome.

I'm currently using (like heaps of others) a Belkin headphone splitter and although it does the job, it's got it's issues. I'm pretty sure there is a little bit of componentry to level the signals as they are added. It doesn't do that good a job when trying to do PO's and Volca's. The Volca's are line level at full volume drowning out the PO's, but lose all their drive when levelled using it's own volume control. I really want a way to not have them all plugged directly into my console but not one of those terrible Yamaha gig consoles I have laying around. I guess once the VMix hits the local store I go in and suss out how well they actually work. Korg really do need to do two versions I reckon, the one they've announced and another with 6 channels, 2 sends, sync/MIDI in, onboard delay/reverb.

Although the Vixen has more channels and a couple of features that the VMix doesn't like 1/4" sockets, I hate those acrylic boxes they are being made from.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No battery power was a killer for me so i’ve gone for the Roland go mixer... 5 inputs, one in stereo, power by smartphone or other USB port, record in garage band or iMovie if you want picture too. Also works as a laptop mixer / soundcard. Much much cheaper too Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can we just keep slogging this thing? I find it incredibly therapeutic, like smashing something that's already broken.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thehighesttree wrote:
Can we just keep slogging this thing? I find it incredibly therapeutic, like smashing something that's already broken.


LOL, why not.
Tell me why buying the Volca Mix is a dumb idea please, heheh.
I'm entertaining the idea of grabbing one tomorrow to just neaten-up some stuff. A Rhythm, Kick and a Bastl Microgranny 2.5. Pull all these dumb 3.5mm output units together into one and be done with adaptors and sh!t plus have compression and stereo width control and an effects send for them. Then Sunday I'm picking up a 2m production worktable with 50ru space in total.
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ranz



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys shouldn't dis it just yet - you can battery power it and it can play well with other Korg products like the Electribe - check out the video how:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3bLxf9RAmE
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