Random Korg Volca Jam

Just noodling around with Volca Sample, Keys, & Bass. Recorded into Ableton. There’s a little bit of reverb on the Keys & Bass, but aside from that the sounds are raw.

Such cool little machines. 🙂

Whaleians

Last week I ordered a Pittsburgh Modular System 10.1+ to keep my Make Noise 0-Coast company. Make Noise released a patch video last week showing how to set up a Krell Patch on the 0-Coast. I tried it out last night, drenched it in reverb added some delay, and just sat and listened to it for about an hour. There’s something about a synthesizer playing and modulating itself that takes me to my nerdy happy place.

My Pittsburgh was delivered today. 🙂 I’m super new with this modular stuff, but this evening I set up the Krell patch on the 0-Coast again, but this time patched it into the mult section on the Pittsburgh, and was able to get the patch running on both synths. Small thing I’m sure to many, but I thought it was pretty damn cool.

They make beautiful whale noises together.

Sounds are from the 0-Coast and the System 10, recorded into Ableton with Eventide Black Hole reverb on a send/return and a ping pong delay as an insert on each synth.

Steppa Dub, by Luss

Luss is a musician from Switzerland. He makes awesome, tripped out, dub electronica with an all hardware setup, runs through his tracks in a live jam style and posts the vids up on YouTube, tracks on SoundCloud, etc. etc.

He just posted up this reggae jam today and it’s soooo fucking killer, brought a huge smile to my face. Great way to end out the week. Hopefully he’ll post it for download or sale soon. 🙂

I always figured

One of the last tracks I recorded before moving my music setup out of the box. Dubby affair, with Volca Keys, Bass, Beats, and Sample. Ableton reverb, pingpong, and filter delays for effects. Sequenced with BeatStep Pro. Sample from No Country For Old Men.

Tascam DR-07 Test

I’ve moved my music setup completely “out of the box”, (computer free) and I’ve been looking for a way to record without having to move my computer to the other side of the room. I settled on this Tascam DR-07, acquired second hand via eBay, and delivered today.

Sounds are a Korg Volca Beats & a Korg Electribe ER-1, Boss DS-1, Lexicon MX-200, and Alesis Midi Verb. Sequenced via BeatStep Pro, running through my Mackie and into the line input on the Tascam.

This was my first recording and the levels are a little hot, but I’m pretty stoked on the Tascam. Since it’s a field recorder it can also do double duty to collect found sounds for my Volca Sample. 🙂

Photo of Tatsuya Takahashi and Yuki Ohta via Attack Mag

Liberation Through Limitation

Attack Mag interviews Korg designers Tatsuya Takahashi and Yuki Ohta.

The Democratization of Synthesis: Korg Designers on the Making of the Minilouge

A Volca is not a jack of all trades, they are each good at one thing, and this is something in common with the comeback of hardware in general. It’s simple machines doing simple things so your mind is free to enter a creative space. That’s at the root of the Volca concept: liberation through limitation.

Attack Mag nailed it with the “Democratization of Synthesis” line. Since purchasing my little Korg Volca boxes Tatsuya Takahashi has become a personal hero.