Reader Carole let me know about this video from GAK, with Korg demoing their new Volca Kick. There are a lot of Volca Kick videos coming out right now, but this is the highest quality demo I've seen yet.
Bring the low end beef of Berlin straight to your studio or live setup with the all new VOLCA KICK from KORG. If you are a techno inspired producer looking for that elusive low then VOLCA KICK has you covered. From punchy popping kicks and monstrous subsonic rumbles to grinding dissonant low end grooves the VOLCA KICK goes way beyond providing you with just kick and bass drums. Borrowing circuitry from the legendary MS series of synths to bring you sonic grunt and flexibility, pairing that with the inspiring VOLCA sequencer in this ever popular form factor and you have an accessible creative powerhouse.
All new TOUCH FX gives you sound instant creative twist ideal for live performance or inspiration in the studio. Intuitive drive and tone controls allow you to dial in the drive and sculpt your sound. VOLCA KICKs analogue circuitry gives you that fluid organic sonic punch you simply cannot get from a digital sound source. Check out some examples below.
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Lately been messing with Strom for Analog Rytm. Amazing app, really shows you how capable the machine is with randomizing kits and patterns. i found out the coolest machine is BD Sharp which sounds synthy and plays chromatically and in tune very well. i used to think BD Sharp was for making fart kicks!!! So eventually stacked the note on three slots and sequenced them in a polyrhythmic fashion with odd steps. Beware though, if you randomize the wrong things u could potentially make the machine divide by zero and glitch the universe, or blow your speakers at least with feedbacks and resonances.
Native Instruments has just announced Maschine Jam, which is their take on the Ableton Push style of controller... for a hell of a lot less! $400 gets you the controller and the Maschine 2 software. They're accepting pre-orders now, with an October 1st release date. This is a nice package, but the lack of displays might hamper you. I'm kind of surprised there's no displays at all on it. Even the original Maschine benefited from its old displays.
MASCHINE JAM is your shortest route from idea to reality: Spontaneously step-sequence and arrange in seconds. Play melodies in inspiring ways with eight dual-touch Smart Strips, or transform sounds with dynamic new Perform FX. And get creating from the start with an included arsenal of premium sound from MASCHINE 2.5 software and KOMPLETE 11 SELECT.
Korg's latest addition to the Volca line is a dedicated Kick Drum module, with a sound shaped from an MS-20 filter. While not a traditional drum synth like Roland's offerings, this does provide a classic analog richness with its own character.