Korg Volca FM Polyphonic Digital FM Synthesizer
The Korg Volca FM is a polyphonic digital synthesizer that completely reproduces a classic FM sound engine.
- Volca goes FM!
- 6 operator, 32 algorithm FM synthesis with 3 note polyphony
- 16 step sequencer and arpeggiator
- Synchronise and clone two units
- Loads DX7 SYSEX data
- Onboard chorus effect
The volca series has shed new light on classic technologies by linking classic sound engines such as the groove machines and early samplers of the past with the dance music of today. Now it's time for the series to gain an FM sound engine.
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The volca fm is a three-voice digital FM synthesizer that completely reproduces the sound engine of a classic FM synthesizer, and provides compatibility with it as well. The unique volca interface makes it easy to manipulate distinctive FM sounds even if you're not familiar with the complexities of FM synthesis. The 16-step sequencer that's one of volca's features provides new functions such as WARP ACTIVE STEP and PATTERN CHAIN that let you make even more powerful rhythm patterns.
The appearance of FM (Frequency Modulation) sound generation was a major turning point in the history of synthesizers. Its metallic and sharp sounds, most notably electric piano and synth bass, have been loved by all music creators since 1980 up to the present time. The volca fm perfectly reproduces the sound engine of the classic digital synthesizer that made the world aware of FM synthesis. Its six operators and 32 algorithms provide complete compatibility, and it can even load files in the SYS-EX/SYX format of the Yamaha DX7.
Super-Easy Sound Editing
The volca fm makes FM sound editing accessible with the MODULATOR/CARRIER super-easy edit knobs – the knob movements are mapped to multiple parameters for sound changes that are easy to understand. FM enthusiasts can also menu dive into full parameter edits. The volca fm comes accompanied with a Parameter List Guide to assist this.
Onboard CHORUS Effect
Along with a perfect reproduction of the sound engine, the volca fm is also equipped with a lush chorus effect to add depth to your sounds and further expand its sound-creating potential.
There's a loop sequencer with up to 16 steps, allowing you to record your performance on the touch panel keyboard just as you play. It's easy to create phrases that come to mind. Up to sixteen sequence patterns can be stored in internal memory. The motion sequence function records your knob movements, letting you add time-varying change to the sound. This is great way to polish your loops, and also lets you generate highly original live performances.
WARP ACTIVE STEP, ARPEGGIATOR and PATTERN CHAIN
In addition to the active step function that lets you skip steps during a sequence, the volca fm provides new functions that enable you to generate more irregular rhythms. If the active step is fewer than 16 steps, you can use the warp active step function to compensate to occupy the same playback time as 16 steps, then by synchronizing the playback with another volca series unit, you can deliberately skew the step timing to generate truly unconventional performances.
In a first for the volca series, the volca fm is also equipped with an arpeggiator. By using this in conjunction with a motion sequence you can create extremely eccentric rhythm patterns.
Furthermore, the pattern chain function lets you connect multiple sequence patterns for successive playback, making it possible to construct large-scale developments of 32, 64, or even 256 steps by joining up to 16 sequences.
Synchronise Two Volca Fm's
The volca fm provides a sync connector that can be easily connected to Korg's groove machines. Connect this to the other volca series unit, the electribe, or the SQ-1, and experience a session with synchronized sequencer playback. And when two units of volca fm are connected, you can clone the sound programs and sequence data from volca fm to volca fm. The MIDI IN jack lets you use the volca as a sound module for DAW and MIDI controller.
Korg Volca fm Specifciations
Keyboard: Multi touch keyboard
Synthesizer Type: FM synthesis
Maximum Polyphony: 3 voices
Structure: 6 operators, 32 algorithms
Number of Programs: 32
Main Edits: Modulator (Attack, Decay), Carrier (Attack, Decay), LFO (Rate, P.Depth), Algrtm
Controls: Transpose, Velocity, Octave, Arp (Type, Div)
Arpeggiator Types: 9 (each 3 patterns of 'Rise', 'Fall', and 'Random')
Voice Modes: Poly, Mono, Unison
Number of Sequencer Parts: 1
Number of Sequencer Steps: 16
Number of Sequencer Recording Patterns: 16
Sequencer Controls: Motion Sequence, Active Step, Warp Active Step, Pattern Chain, Metronome
Audio Output: Headphones (3.5mm stereo mini jack)
Sync In (3.5mm monaural mini jack, Maximum input level: 20V)
Sync Out (3.5mm monaural mini jack, Output level: 5V)
When two units of volca fm, available to export the sound programs and sequence data from a volca fm to the other one
Available to convert and load SYS-EX/SYX file created on the Yamaha DX7
Power Supply: 6 x AA batteries Or AC adapter (DC 9V) (optional)
Battery Life: Approximately 10 hours (using alkaline batteries)
Dimensions (W x D x H): 193 x 115 x 40 mm / 7.60 x 4.53 x 1.57 inches
Weight: 360 g / 12.70 oz. (Excluding batteries)
Included Items: AA alkaline battery x 6 (for verifying operation), Sync Cable, Edit Parameter List
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|A little box of fun - fits in nicely alongside my other Volcas.|
|Excellent little synth for the money .|
|The Volca FM is a typically flawed/brilliant KORG piece. KORG come up with sexy designs but march to the weird beat of their own commercial drum, giving priority to surprisingly sophisticated features but at the price of leaving some important funcionalities off the menu, Thus requiring the user to... Read More. The Volca FM is a typically flawed/brilliant KORG piece. KORG come up with sexy designs but march to the weird beat of their own commercial drum, giving priority to surprisingly sophisticated features but at the price of leaving some important funcionalities off the menu, Thus requiring the user to accept and devise work arounds. In this case - MiDi out, keyboard velocity and patch storage space are the big omissions.. I'm not quite sure what to make of the FM in my short time with it so far. The Volca Sample seemed easier to bend to my will. Sound quality falls under the good enough category, it doesn't have the fullness of tone of a DX7 but that would be an unreasonable expectation given the price, but there is plenty of bottom end there, and it does sit well in a mix. Chimes and tines are clear enough, but unlike the Sample it doesn't seem to have its own sonic identity. I don't find it much easier to use than other FM synths - as I said at the top - what KORG give with one hand they take away with the other.. The knobs do speed up parameter changes, e.g. attack and decay is on the top level..hurrah...,.. but there is no space to store custom patches - boo! - sadly you have to overwrite the surprisingly nice presets. I recommend the Patch Base IOS app editor, although I have yet to try it. This should open up editing and storage quite a bit. Velocity is restricted to a slider, but parameter changes can be recorded which saves the day somewhat. To clarify - connecting a controller keyboard will not give you velocity response from the keys. In summary there is plenty here to enjoy and it's a good introduction to FM synthesis but one has to accept the little Volca FM for what it is; a tiny miraculous box of compromises, A good musician will devise a workflow path to make it sing, and like all Volcas there is a great deal of satisfaction in transcending its toylike origins. Reminds me of my old classic Mini Cooper. Cute and In the right hands; a giant killer. Unlike the Mini, the KORG is actually put together properly, so to sum up - it's a qualified thumbs up from me.|
|Great value, excellent controls and sounds. A great way to access FM synthesis.|
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