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OK Go get their own KORG volca sample Okay, OK Go fans – now there’s synth hardware as quirky and charming as the band’s Internet-viral synth-pop. We got our hands on a very limited edition KORG volca sample made especially for OK Go. This is the battery-powered sample unit with grungy digital sound playback and loads of knobs for manipulating sound, plus the usual touch strip step sequencer for making patterns. It’s fun to play, a unique collectors’ item even if you just want an extra sample playback instrument around. And the built-in samples can be terrific, as you can hear in our playlist. Japanese synth maker KORG have done limited editions before. The microKORG has gotten a few – black and red keys and even camouflage. And Novation have done an artist edition – a synthesizer with Giorgio Moroder’s shades and mustache, to be specific, plus Moroder-inspired presets. But those are spendy options. The volca sample is more of a reasonable impulse buy. In fact, having more than one volca sample is appealing, because you can load them up with your own sounds (via desktop app or mobile transfer). It’s both interesting and unsurprising to see OK Go do this. The band, who once told Wired that “nerds are the new rockstars”, are ninjas at mastering Internet promotion and clever music videos to get their music in the spotlight, in what Hypebot dubbed the “YouTube shortcut to the top of the charts”. If you haven’t done that before, it’s ridiculously good fun. Trigger sounds with your fingers, sequence them together, then squash and re-pitch them, cram them into snappy-short envelopes, or leave them in the cavernous reverb. The OK Go edition looks different. You get a nice numbered booklet with signatures by the band, and credits to designed Tatsuya Takahashi and the Tokyo-based team. There are bright colorful graphics and a cheeky “OKGO” logo on the back (nearly an anagram for KORG), all designed by Taku Sakuguchi, the Osaka-based graphic designer [Instagram]. But it also sounds different. The full sample bank is loaded up with bits of their album Hungry Ghosts. You aren’t stuck with those sounds in the promo, either, since you can off-load and restore the default sample bank. And it sounds fantastic. This is actually a nicely-voiced set of samples that you can make sound very much unlike OK Go. How good? Here’s CDM’s David Abravanel going to town with some patterns: 3000 of these will be made. For us small builders, that’s not such a small number, but it’s pretty limited for a company the size of KORG. Pricing and availability information we’ll update once we have it. Now, more pr0n. Knooooooobs. The post OK Go get their own KORG volca sample appeared first on Create Digital Music.

The Internet sensation band go from viral videos to limited edition hardware. We got one to try out - so here's a gallery to ogle and some loops to hear.

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