Is Volca Beats/Bass/Keys/FM and D-05 good?

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Is Volca Beats/Bass/Keys/FM and D-05 good?

Postby Music Bird » Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:21 pm

The title says it all. I’m looking at the Roland D-05 and those specific Korg Volcas. How will it work for creating my own music? I may be getting these to have a hardware setup.
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Re: Is Volca Beats/Bass/Keys/FM and D-05 good?

Postby Ashe37 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:26 am

I have both the Volca Keys and Bass. they are fine for small analogs, nice and portable.
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Re: Now looking at D-05/Keystep/SR-16/Behringer Model D

Postby Music Bird » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:39 pm

I figured since I have Dexed and the Minilogue, the Keys and FM are not worth it. And I’m looking for a better drum machine, so I’m looking at the SR-16, since it’s been made for almost 30 years (since 1989) and is still being produced. Also, D-05 and Keystep are what I am still looking at, and Behringer Model D for bass and Moog sounds.
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Re: Is Volca Beats/Bass/Keys/FM and D-05 good?

Postby Ashe37 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:19 am

Since the keys is paraphonic, and has a different filter, it isnt going to sound like the minilogue. The Volca Beats is an analog drum machine that sounds a bit like the 606, while the SR-16 is a 16-bit sample based drum machine that still has most of the same limitations now as it did when it came out in 1989.
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Re: Is Volca Beats/Bass/Keys/FM and D-05 good?

Postby Music Bird » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:31 pm

I think the SR-16 will have more options, and Minilogue has some sounds the Volca doesn’t do. I’m looking at the D-05 for the presets (I wish to still use the default D-50 presets and the D-50 PN-D50-ROM1-4 and the new D-05 presets in my music, even if it risks sounding somewhat dated, but some D-50 presets still sound good IMO). Keystep for use as a MIDI controller (with aftertouch), a synth for monophonic stuff like basslines (Behringer D or Microbrute), the D-05 for 80’s sounds and bell type stuff, and the SR-16 for drums (even though they sound dated, for the music I do (my original songs), that’s fine). Also a pack of MIDI cables. Using this as a setup for making music.
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Re: Is Volca Beats/Bass/Keys/FM and D-05 good?

Postby groy » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:49 pm

^^ That sounds about reasonable and like you know what you want, not sure why you asked. Maybe consider getting them one at a time so that you have introduction time with each one and don’t get creative block looking at a bunch of new gear. Next you’re going to want outboard effects if you don't have them yet…
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