Korg has been producing a ton of little synths in its Volca series over the last several years. Announced back in 2013, the initial Volca Beat, Bass and Keys started a run that eventually included an OK Go sample box, an '80s-style FM synth and an oscillator-driven drum sequencer, the Volca Kick. Now the company wants you to be able to chain a few of these tiny devices together for live performance with a new four channel mixer, the Volca Mix, announced at NAMM this year. According to FactMag, the Mix will run $170 and will release later this month.
The Volca Mix has two mono inputs and one stereo input, each a handy 1/8-inch size so you'll need fewer adaptors. That gives you three spots to connect Volca units via their individual headphone jacks. Each channel gets its own vertical fader, lo/hi cut filter and mute button to help you create the perfect analog mix on the fly. The Mix has RCA stereo outputs to connect to your sound system as well as a master LED meter to show you how loud your signal is getting and a headphone output so you can monitor the sound on stage.
Volca Mix has its own little speakers onboard, making this a great little portable package. Further, there's an analog sync signal to make sure all your Volca units play nicely together, and an effects channel that lets you connect any sort of device to change the sound (like one of Korg's own Kaoss pads). Finally, there's a whole DC power system that turns the Mix into a three-device charging station, which is essential when you can only find one plug on the stage.