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KORG introduces Volca Modular - Buchla style mini synth

Today KORG revealed details of its new Volca series synth. And in terms of sound design this is the most advanced unit from the whole Volca series.

Volca Modular design looks like stripped down Buchla Easel - with triangle VCO carrier, modulation OSC, random source, 2 function generators, 2 LPGs, Reverb, sequencer.

SOURCE:
This consists of a triangle VCO carrier and a modulator. The complex overtones generated by FM modulation are sent through a wave folder circuit to add additional overtones, producing a distinctive sound. This module is important in determining the basic character of the sound of volca modular.

FUNCTIONS:
This section consists of two function (envelope) generators. In addition to an ADH generator with attack, hold, and release, there's a Rise-Fall generator, also known as a slope generator, which not only applies time-varying change to the sound but also lets you patch the end trigger out back into the trigger in as a loop, making it usable as a VCO or LFO.

WOGGLE:
This is a random signal generator containing a sample & hold circuit that uses pink noise as its source. Two outputs are provided, allowing it to output either stepped or smooth random noise.

SPLIT:
This module distributes one input to two outputs. It can also be used in the reverse direction, combining two control or audio signals into one.

DUAL LPG:
This consists of two low-pass gate circuits. Typical of the West Coast style of synthesis, the module packages a filter with an amp, allowing the brightness and volume of the sound to vary together.

UTILITY:
This is a mixing scaling module that combines two signals in various ways. It can mix not only audio signals but also control signals, as well as inverting or attenuating those signals.

SPACE OUT:
This is a stereo module that applies a reverb-like effect to the audio signal.

SEQUENCES:
This module is for connecting to the internal sequencer. You can set the tempo, and select different rhythm divisions to output via the gate counter.

Price: $199

Looking for software alternatives? Check out Softube Modular

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