Selling power supplies is a funny old game. For me, the self-appointed power supply expert and populater of our device finder database, I need to learn some pretty intimate details about each and every device that’s out there. I spend time speed-reading user manuals, scanning forums for nuggets of wisdom, searching for high-res images of power input jacks and zooming in till it blurs.
If I ask you for a photo of the hole on the rear of your device, that’s just my way of showing I care.
I can know everything about the power specification of a device without having seen, or held or used it, ever, but that a device can lend voice to creativity, be a conduit for artistic expression or just make some really great noises is something I occasionally need to remind myself of.
The Korg Volca series came to my attention when customers started asking me if we carried power supplies for them – the best starting point for the hunt.
I started monitoring sales of the Volca Beats, Bass and Keys on Amazon and saw they were climbing so that had my interest – and they didn’t come with a power supply. A slam-dunk to add to the database – I did my research, found out what they needed power-wise, and we’ve been selling them for a couple of years now, adding the Volca Sample PSU to our range when it came out later.
So on we went. But how, why and when customers buy PSU’s is part of my job too, and looking at some in-system stats, I noticed that people would often buy two, three or four Volca PSU’s at once. Or buy one, and come back a few months later and buy another two. So – I started asking Volca owners – what were they doing with these little analogue music boxes that they needed so many PSU’s?
So it came back that users love to yoke their Volcas together – syncing multiple units with a 3.5mm cable or over MIDI to make tunes. BUT they still needed to get a power adaptor for each – what a waste of plug sockets, and power! So I talked some more, got a sense of what the users might need, and devised the 5 way Korg Splitter cable, that can be used with a mains PSU or one of the MyVolts 5V USB to 9V cables.
The friendly and helpful community of Volca lovers couldn’t have been nicer – answering my naive questions, test-driving the splitter and USB cable, and just being so generous with their time.
micro banshee‘s YouTube video shows just what the Volcas can do – and the splitter cable too!
So after all that – all you need to know is you can buy it here on MyVolts!
That a power supply can add ease to a creative person’s flow is something that makes me proud to do the job that I do – the self-appointed power supply expert.
Update: Version 2 of the Korg Volca 5-way splitter cable has right-angled tails, just as you guys asked for! That’s the standard part now, we no longer stock ones with straight tails.
I’m looking for musicians – hobby, pro and everything in-between – to talk to about a new power product we’re developing; something portable, cheap, flexible, that provides power to multiple devices, is rechargeable, and works everywhere.
So if you want to get involved – drop me a mail! caroline at myvolts period co period uk
TLDR: Click here to buy the splitter cable on myvolts.co.uk. We ship worldwide!