Ah the volcas!! I am a bit tipsy so here’s my 2 cents
The volcas were my gateway drug …
My first ever purchase, and probably the best, is the volca beats, that kick drum is like no other, and yes it might need a tiny bit of EQ to put to taste but it’s exquisite! (by first I mean in all gear) I wish it could do more like individual outs etc. but still it is by far the best volca I have … and I have them all (except the mix, the mix is a big WTF!)
My next two favorites are the bass and the kick : the bass is just funky and playful and turning that big cutoff knob is just satisfying and fill me joy! sure, yes, it have it’s limitation and it probably won’t fill all your bass needs but we’re talking about the volcas here! they all are limited, and you didn’t pay an arm or a leg to get one …
The kick is just nasty, and is not for everyone : if you care about your kick drum, and by care I mean spend time tweaking, refining etc. (I catch myself just adjusting a four to the floor for 15 minutes sometimes). Yes you can do other tricks with it, and yes the kick on the beats is still my favorite (kinda warmer) but they kinda complement each other beautifully if you get them to sync properly lol.
My least favorite is the keys and I know people love it, it makes great sounds on youtube but for the life of me I’ve never had a good jam on it (I am selling mine btw, just too lazy to put it out there), I don’t know we never clicked lol
That leaves what? the sample and the FM : the sample is fun! but I never been into samples, I like analog, or maybe it’s a psychological boundary I’ve put to myself (I don’t know why I have a digitakt for instance) but I’ve never changed the stock samples for instance, I might need to revisit this one. The FM is just the FM meaning if you want to know first hand what FM synthesis sounds like, get one. Although the ‘interface’ never really made sense to me but the piano sounds are fantastic.
Wow this was long lol… but hey the volcas were my first pieces of gear, they are cheap and a lot of fun, and I’ve seen some serious producers use them for great art even though some people think they are toys or gimmicky a good sound is a good sound no matter were you found it