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Korg Volca Keys Polyphony via Novation BassStation 2

Postby molson » Wed May 07, 2014 8:08 pm

I was interested in how well it would work to control the Volca Keys with the Novation BassStation II keyboard. I could only find one video online that demonstrated the Volca Keys 3 Note Polyphony controlled via a midi connected controller so decided to pick up a Volca Keys and test it myself. Below is a brief video demonstration if you are interested:

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Re: Korg Volca Keys Polyphony controlled via Novation BassSt

Postby Aaron2 » Wed May 07, 2014 9:46 pm

Interesting. I own both of these instruments, and for whatever reason, it never occurred to me that the BSII transmitted polyphonic MIDI. So that's good to know. Probably the best use of this setup would be to use the BSII's keyboard to play notes into the Volca's internal sequencer. Playing the Volca's own "keys" is kind of a PITA. :D
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Re: Korg Volca Keys Polyphony via Novation BassStation 2

Postby Kenneth » Thu May 08, 2014 4:43 am

Man, I hate the sound of the Volca Keys. It just always sounds like a car horn...
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Re: Korg Volca Keys Polyphony via Novation BassStation 2

Postby Psy_Free » Thu May 08, 2014 10:10 am

Kenneth wrote:Man, I hate the sound of the Volca Keys. It just always sounds like a car horn...

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Re: Korg Volca Keys Polyphony via Novation BassStation 2

Postby Sheherezadeh » Thu May 08, 2014 8:20 pm

That's cool to know, though I still can't stand the thought of having to play much of anything on a board with less than 37 keys, which is still pushing it. For programming sounds, ok, but live performance? Ick.
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Re: Korg Volca Keys Polyphony via Novation BassStation 2

Postby ranzee » Fri May 09, 2014 12:26 am

I had a go at this. Can confirm that it works to some extent. I can't seem to get the 4th note to work, unless you start mucking around with high/low key priority. It isn't ideal. I also tried Line-in with the Volca Keys - and used the Ext In pot to mix. Not as good as running it through a different mixer channel. Although you do get to fiddle with the filter. I've noticed the that Freq pot really causes some whacky stuff on the Keys - probably a sysex thing.

I also had a try at using the Minibrute to do the same - and it doesn't work. Mono all the way. Although it is nice to use the audio-in feature.
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Re: Korg Volca Keys Polyphony via Novation BassStation 2

Postby molson » Fri May 09, 2014 12:32 am

Sheherezadeh wrote:I still can't stand the thought of having to play much of anything on a board with less than 37 keys, which is still pushing it. For programming sounds, ok, but live performance? Ick.


I would love a Bass Station 2 with a larger built in keyboard. Keep hoping one of these companies makes a simple analog poly with a knob per function interface.
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Re: Korg Volca Keys Polyphony via Novation BassStation 2

Postby Jabberwalky » Fri May 09, 2014 1:18 am

I have a feeling Novation is working on it. The way that they built the Bs2 just lends perfectly to a poly upgrade. They could use the same amount of knobs and give it more shift+key functions.
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Re: Korg Volca Keys Polyphony via Novation BassStation 2

Postby Sheherezadeh » Fri May 09, 2014 12:56 pm

molson wrote:
Sheherezadeh wrote:I still can't stand the thought of having to play much of anything on a board with less than 37 keys, which is still pushing it. For programming sounds, ok, but live performance? Ick.


I would love a Bass Station 2 with a larger built in keyboard. Keep hoping one of these companies makes a simple analog poly with a knob per function interface.


If I were a company that could produce analog polys, it seems that there's a void in the market that could be filled. A 3-4 voice, 37-49 key, knob-per-function analog right around $1k would seem to be a grandslam in-between the BS2/MiniBrute/MS20m/etc. and then the Analog Keys or Sub 37. The Mopho X4 is really the only choice right there, so Novation, Arturia, or heck, Korg, Roland, Yamaha could come up with something killer with the right engineering ingenuity.
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Re: Korg Volca Keys Polyphony via Novation BassStation 2

Postby molson » Fri May 09, 2014 12:58 pm

Kenneth wrote:Man, I hate the sound of the Volca Keys. It just always sounds like a car horn...

Ha! After playing around with the Volca Keys more I would have to agree, pretty car horny with the filter open at all.
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