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Kawai K1m(inimal)

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Many years ago I was lucky enough to be given a Kawai K1 as a gift from my brother. It was an amazing synth, and despite having to give it back a week later, I always remembering that machine having a certain quality to the sound that I loved, and only more recently realised a connection with certain music I also love.

It turns out that albums Frequencies by LFO, one of my all time favourites, and the Electro Soma by B12, another favourite, are both heavily using the Kawai K1. I would even go so far to say that that classic bass sound on LFO, is almost certainly coming from the Kawai K1.

Yesterday brought me and the K1 back together and boy does this thing sound incredible.

Lots of digital fuzz from the low bit rate. Very useable and simple editing. Small enough for the desktop, as I got the keyboardless K1m. And yet again I have something that looks like a fax machine to make music on.

Needless to say, a massively underated synth and if you can find one I recommend taking the plunge.

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101+606 16step Compression

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Experimenting with compression a bit more today, finding a suitable one in software, seeing how well it performs. Result…pretty damn well.

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Projection Volca Sample

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Today’s upload is experimenting some more with the Volca Sample and a little bit of software outboard, software that is holding place for its better hardware equivalent.

One great thing I have been reminded with the Volca Sample, much like any hardware sample sequencer, is being able to load up a track and hit play. Unlike some hardware sequencers which store tempo and all other settings, the Volca Sample has a little more freedom in that often a saved song although sounding familiar, yields all new textures and directions… all form simply hitting play.

A second Volca Sample is looking quite likely later this year, my only worry is everything else wont get used? Nah!

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Loop Finding Volca Sample

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More experimenting in the Korg Volca Sample Sequencer. I am using the 101 to control the speed of the Volca Sample, so the tempo can be much much lower, allowing more cycles of the perceived loop in one sequence, save me using extra sequences for variation. Seems to work ok-ish.

Very Jan Jelinek this upload, which the Korg Volca Sample seems to ooze…very difficult not to do that actually, which is a good thing in my book.

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More Ambient Dubby Sounds

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Sleepy morning, created some sort of moody ambient dubby sound, trying out the sequencing of the Korg Volca Sample from the 101 being triggered by the 606.

Lots of reverb and colliding timings. It has a kind of early Plastikman crossed with early Aphex Twin vibe in places, well, it reminded me of this while making it, and I went with that.

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Ambient Dub Volca Sample

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Today’s upload is more Korg Volca Sample, only this time I have started playing with the left and right pan to route to fx through the mixer, in this case the Roland Space Echo and ValhallaVintageVerb reverb plugin. Aslo I have started trying out the sync in with various triggers and gate outputs on the silver boxes.

The trigger output on the 606 doesn’t really behave, skipping steps on the Volca Sample as this is a different current, but the gate output on the 303 works fine. I think next time I will use the gate output on the 101.

Mainly my interest in the Korg Volca Sample was not only the amazing editability, but the fact that you can’t record into it. This means that reusing sounds is like using the preset sounds on any classic machine in a way, such as the 606 or 808. I quite like this about the Korg Volca Sample, and it means I can slowly build a set of sounds I find useable that yeild the most pleasing reuslts without getting too samey, not that I am against that either.

Today’s more ambient upload bares some similarty in sound, specifcally the chord, of yesterdays upload. I can see as I use a sound I might even start resampling them, refining them until they can be very flexibile using the built in edit controls.

Still very impressed with this box.

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Volca Sample Grooves

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Today’s groove is created with the Korg Volca Sample.

This time I have recorded out grooves and then put them back into the Volca Sample. Mainly this is to get a better balance of the frequencies between sounds. On recording out I can drop off the bass or adjust it as it plays, and then re-use this loop or parts of it, putting it back into the Volca Sample but with the bass back to a higher position. Still, the bass is so huge on this machine that it’s rarely in the plus.

Also for this one, I thought I would bring in the Roland Space Echo spring reverb, it’s obvious when it appears so apart from the Space Echo, it’s all Volca Sample.

Great machine.

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