Volca Nubass – brand new from Korg
The concept behind the new Korg Volca Nubass is a compact yet large sounding bass synthesizer utilizing their Nutube technology.
For those who don’t yet know what the Korg Nutube is, its essentially an incredibly minute vacuum tube circuit, which are known for adding warmth and rich distortion to a sound source, however due to size and power constraints it was always hard for manufacturers to work them into compact designs.
So far, we have seen the Nutube being integrated into various Guitar amp and effect units, however the Volca Nubass is the first of their compact synths to get a Nutube.
Korg’s new Volca Nubass is everything you would expect from a Korg Volca – compact, playable and capable of putting out a surprisingly decent sound for its size and price.
It’s got a built in 16-step sequencer with motion recording for automation and accent/slide triggers, for that “acid lead” sound. It’s also got a randomize function for those creative block moments.
The architecture of the Volca Nubass…
Korg’s Nutube is a dual triode design, meaning the chip actually comprises of two independent vacuum tube circuits. In the new Korg Volca Nubass – one of the tubes is used as the core for the oscillator while the other tube is used to drive the resulting audio.
The Nubass also has a diode ladder filter based on the TB-303 filter design, a pretty cool concept for a unique take on the classic acid synth.
There is a final overdrive before the output, in case the dual tubes weren’t enough to begin with – compared to the original Volca Bass this one may not be as versatile, however it’s a particular style that I’m sure will suit a large audience.
It’s set to retail at USD $199,99 (Around R2900 excl. duties), for more information check out the Korg website here.