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RA-800 usde to make a slave of Korg Volca Beats 26 Apr 2015 02:47 #2004

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:huh: I have been unsuccessfully trying to use my Korg Volca Beats as a slave. I am trying to get the Korg to repeat the drum rhythm. I select a waltz (3/4) on the Roland, turn all the melody parts off, and transmit the drum sounds to the Korg. It does not follow the Roland. The people at Korg said I really did not have to do anything to the Korg unit; it would play the MIDI messages without any special settings. :

Has any one used the Roland unit to drive another drum unit???

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RA-800 usde to make a slave of Korg Volca Beats 26 Apr 2015 19:31 #2008

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Have you done the really basic stuff? Set the Volca to receive the same MIDI channel that the Drum Part on the RA_800 is sending? Have you made sure that the RA-800 actually IS sending anything?

I used an RA-80 maybe 25 years ago or more. But I can't remember ever using it to control something ELSE... it was always being controlled by my workstation (I used Ensoniq's back in those days!).

First question... do you have the RA-800's manual and MIDI implementation chart? Have you confirmed that it CAN send the Parts out over MIDI, and that you can mute the internal sounds without muting the sent MIDI (I am presuming that you want the Volca to do beats while the RA-800 does other Parts)?

Second question... Do you have a MIDI sequencer? Try hooking the RA-800 to a sequencer, putting it into global record (the 'Any' channel setting or whatever your sequencer calls recording everything at once) and run the RA-800. Then take a look at the sequence in the list edit. Double check that the drum Part notes are there, and what MIDI channel they are being sent on.

Now re-read your Volca's manual, and double-check that firstly it is set to receive on the drum channel (usually Ch.10, but maybe your RA-800 has had its default settings changed), and that it is set to ignore Program Changes... The RA-800 is probably sending the PC# of the kit at the start of every Division, which might be getting the Volca's Drum channel to change to an empty kit slot (or not working at all).

Those are the basics, at least.

One last thought... If you are trying the Volca as a way to add better drum sounds to the aging RA-800, perhaps it's time to take a good look at the BK-7m arranger module. Sonically, it is a good 20 years further on than the RA-800, killer sounds, and especially good live sounding drums. But be aware that, if you use the Chord Sequencer a lot on your RA-800, it doesn't have one of those. But you can find these used fairly easily, and perhaps do away with the need to use a second piece of gear...
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RA-800 usde to make a slave of Korg Volca Beats 26 Apr 2015 19:41 #2009

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One last question... I am presuming you are talking about the Volca Beats?

If so, are you trying to get the Volca simply to sync with the RA-800, and then play its own internal beats, or do you want it to act as a tone module for the RA-800?

Are you aware that the Volca only does basic electronica type sounds (and only 10 of them), it isn't a full GM/GS compatible module?
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RA-800 usde to make a slave of Korg Volca Beats 27 Apr 2015 19:37 #2016

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Thank you for the extensive reply. I have done all the basic stuff but I will recheck the send/receive channel.

On the RA-800 you can mute a sound or send it to MIDI out A or MIDI out B, but not both at the same time. I have all the sounds except the drums muted, and the drums sent to MIDI out B. I am aware that the Volca Beats is only drum sounds. I am trying to set it up as though I had two drummers on the stand playing the same but on different drum sets.

I have to see if it is set up to ignore Program Changes, and I will attempt to see if I can send the Roland to my Cakewalk sequencer.

Thanks again,

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RA-800 usde to make a slave of Korg Volca Beats 27 Apr 2015 22:18 #2018

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The Volca Beats is primarily a beatbox type drum machine, though.... 808, 909, that kind of thing. Are you particularly going for that kind of sound, or were you expecting the Volca to be more of a conventional drum machine?

If you are shooting for more 'real' drums, I am not sure that it is the thing you need. If you are looking for modern 'beats' and hiphop/trance/techno sounds, yes, it could be perfect, but it isn't really designed as a full GM/GS type drum replacement.
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