We've always had a soft spot for the Volca Sample, the original was not only pretty useful for sequencing user sounds, but also sounded pretty chunky too. However, it did have limitations - MIDI channel assignment was clunky, making it hard to trigger form external sources without some MIDI mapping shenanigans and sample transfer was not a barrel of laughs.
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Tada! Korg have now upgraded the original model to address those and other issues.
With double the sample slots (from 100 to 200), more patterns and chaining - its much more usable as a standalone drum machine. You also now get micro USB connection for faster transfer of samples and an iOS sample recorder/manager.
The new Volca Sample is available from September priced at £159 - it is not clear as to wether this will supersede the original Volca Sample or be a new product.
(NOTE: Korg say preliminary specifications may change)
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