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Volca Beats Sample Pack

The Volca Beats Sample Pack is a library of percussive samples obtained from the Korg Volca Beats drum machine. The Volca Beats is a compact device with 6 analog voices and 4 PCM sounds (10 voices in total). However, even the most compact hardware devices may not always fit everyone's workflow, so we decided to sample some of our favorite sounds of the Volca Beats.

This sample pack offers you a wide range of sounds: 150 one-shot samples recorded with various settings of the drum machine's voices, as well as a sampled noise loop. The Volca Beats Sample Pack is intended for use with third-party samplers and sequencers, so it doesn't capture any features of the Volca Beats' own sequencer.
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Foreword

First and foremost, we were using the Snare Mod for the Volca Beats, which improves the snare sound by increasing the decay time via some quick and easy soldering. It's also worth noting that all of the PCM sounds present in the device have a distinctly lo-fi character which works great with the analog voices. By combining unusual sounds and settings, we've managed to create 16 samples for each kit instead of just 10.

The sample pack has 10 percussion kits in total (8x16 and 2x11 instruments). The kits differ in tone quite a lot but have a common structure, which allows you to conveniently use them as multisamples or drumkits. You can also rearrange each kit in a way that fits your workflow the best.

The sample format is WAV 48kHz 24bit, which is the standard for modern DAWs and hardware samplers alike.
First and foremost, we were using the Snare Mod for the Volca Beats, which improves the snare sound by increasing the decay time via some quick and easy soldering. It's also worth noting that all of the PCM sounds present in the device have a distinctly lo-fi character which works great with the analog voices. By combining unusual sounds and settings, we've managed to create 16 samples for each kit instead of just 10.

The sample pack has 10 percussion kits in total (8x16 and 2x11 instruments). The kits differ in tone quite a lot but have a common structure, which allows you to conveniently use them as multisamples or drumkits. You can also rearrange each kit in a way that fits your workflow the best.

The sample format is WAV 48kHz 24bit, which is the standard for modern DAWs and hardware samplers alike.

Free Kit

To get a better idea of what the Volca Beats Sample Pack offers, you can download a free pack which consists of certain samples found in the full library. Check out the video with the free pack below.
If you end up enjoying the free pack, you can always keep using it or get the full version*.

*You can use the Free Volca Beats Kit for musical purposes without limitations. Using the Free Volca Beats Kit or parts of it in commercial products (e.g. integrating it into hardware or software) is possible with our permission. Please contact us at
info@shift-line.com for further info.

Sample Pack Structure

The sample pack contains 150 sounds split into 10 folders. Additionally, it has a noise loop which was recorded from the Korg Volca Beats (VOLCA BEATS Noise.wav).

VOLCA BEATS1 – VOLCA BEATS8: These folders contain samples with little to no processing. Essentially, that's what you can get directly from the Korg Volca Beats (save for some volume/frequency correction and fade-outs). Each folder has 16 samples. These kits feature alternative Kick and Snare versions along with layered sounds, all of which have been obtained from the Volca Beats.

VOLCA BEATS9, VOLCA BEATS10: These two kits feature extra processing by the A+ Flex tube preamp. The same preamp settings are applied to the whole kit in each case; think of it as running the whole drum machine through the preamp. The samples in these folders have a harsher sonic character than the rest.

Kit Structure

Folders BEATS1–BEATS8 contain 16 samples each, while BEATS9 and BEATS10 each have 11 instruments (only the Volca Beats' own instruments were used while recording). Each instrument's name is prefixed by its note number in the traditional MIDI Drum Map (with a few deviations). The WAV files also have a NOTE tag, which allows you to map the samples across the keyboard (or any other traditionally-mapped controller) and use that mapping with any hardware or software which supports multisamples — such as samplers by 1010Music.

The folders contain full drum kits. The names of the original instruments of the Volca Beats are written in brackets; additional elements have been created by tweaking and layering various sounds of the drum machine.
  1. 35_BD: Bass Drum alternative (KICK). Note tag: B0 (35).
  2. 36_BD: Bass Drum (KICK). Note tag: C1 (36).
  3. 37_RS: Rim Shot (a hit to the rim of the snare drum). In most kits, this sound was obtained through snare drum settings (SNARE). Note tag: C#1 (37).
  4. 38_SD: Snare Drum (SNARE). Note tag: D1 (38).
  5. 39_HC: Hand Clap (PCM CLAP). Note tag: Eb1 (39).
  6. 40_SD: Snare Drum 2 alternative (SNARE). Note tag: E1 (40).
  7. 42_CH: Closed Hi-Hat (CL HAT). Note tag: F#1 (42).
  8. 43_LT: Low Tom (LO TOM). Note tag: G1 (43).
  9. 44_PH: Pedal Hi-Hat (Combined). Note tag: Ab1 (44).
  10. 46_OH: Open Hi-Hat (OP HAT). Note tag: Bb1 (46).
  11. 47_MT: Mid Tom (PCM CLAVES). Note tag: B1 (47).
  12. 49_СС: Crash Cymbal (PCM CRASH). Note tag: C#1 (49).
  13. 50_HT: High Tom (HI TOM). Note tag: D2 (50).
  14. 51_RС: Right Cymbal (Combined). Note tag: Eb2 (51).
  15. 54_CL: Click/Tambourine (Combined). Note tag: F#2 (54).
  16. 56_CB: Cowbell (AGOGO). Note tag: Ab2 (56).

Demos

Only the Volca Beats Sample Pack is used in the video demos with various devices and software; little to no extra processing is applied to the samples.
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