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

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:21 pm
by Music Bird
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.

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

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:26 am
by Ashe37
I have both the Volca Keys and Bass. they are fine for small analogs, nice and portable.

Re: Now looking at D-05/Keystep/SR-16/Behringer Model D

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:39 pm
by Music Bird
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.

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

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:19 am
by Ashe37
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.

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

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:31 pm
by Music Bird
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.

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

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:49 pm
by groy
^^ 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…

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

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:08 am
by clubbedtodeath
The B*hringer Model D will certainly cover bass and leads, with a Moogy flavour. It has a low or high pass filter, and a small patchbay at the top of the unit. This can do proper mad stuff, especially if you patch to the OSC pitch CV from the mix out. I can't think of anything that compares for the price. It has 3 oscillators, and the 3rd can have pitch control turned off -- you use its pitch knob instead. This is more useful than you might think. It's a lot of fun (even if you feel slightly unclean buying it).

The Volca Beats is a handy little analogue drum machine, especially for what it costs. However, at the very least it needs the snare mod (Google it). The sequencer is straightforward: you can't sequence patterns, but you can change the pattern length on the fly for rolls, etc. I record chunks of this to arrange into full drum track.

Cheers

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

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:13 pm
by rakan34
Korg is definitely going on the right direction. They’ve brought the analog technology back, and they’re doing very well at that, thankfully

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

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:32 pm
by Kentronix
I love my volcas (2x bass, a keys and a beats). For mucking around and having fun they are great. Ultimately after I have had my fun and got a groove going I normally end up sequencing them through midi. There is some CC control over the settings and its very easy to fit midi out so you can transfer patterns over from the volca to your sequencer.

The beats is rather lacking though, fun but I rarely end up recording sounds from it, even though I have done a significant snare mod.

Its very easy to introduce noise, its safest not to share an adapter but have one each.

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

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:40 pm
by mis psiquicios y yo
Consider switching the volca beats for the volca sample, a lot, lot better for making better and more complex beats. I have the D05, volca keys and sample, and they are all great machines. Used to have the volca beats, but i sold it since i have the V Sample which is simply amazing for making beats.