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Volca Modular

$199 korg.com

Si Truss is the Editor of Electronic Musician and Future Music magazines

Strengths

+ West Coast synth elements
+ Fully-patchable
+ Portable

Limitations

- Can get very fiddly
- More complex and less intuitive than other Volcas

Leaked images of the Volca Modular hit the internet several days before it was officially unveiled by Korg. Reaction was, perhaps understandably, sceptical; a Buchla-inspired modular packed in a Volca frame — surely that couldn’t be anything more than the stuff of fanboy Photoshop fantasies?

The Volca Modular is real though, and fully lives up to that promise. It’s a mostly analog, fully-patchable synthesizer built into a compact and portable frame. As with all other instruments in the range, it’s powered by AA batteries (or an optional power adapter), packs a built-in speaker and can be controlled by its onboard touchstrip keyboard-come-sequencer.

Technically speaking, this is

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