Korg Volca FM
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The Volca series of modules from Korg are pocket-sized powerhouses with huge-sounding tones and plenty of control. Never before has such a level of professional analogue sound been... read more
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Manufacturer's ID: VOLCA-FM
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The Volca series of modules from Korg are pocket-sized powerhouses with huge-sounding tones and plenty of control. Never before has such a level of professional analogue sound been available in such a portable and affordable package! The Volca units can also be connected together to form an entire set up with drums , bass and keys. Now you can add more with digital Volcas: there's an FM synth model and a sampler to add to the fun!
This is in fact the FM synthesis model, with lots of complex circuitry and algorithms crammed into its tiny, shiny black box. FM synthesis is a particularly different type of sonic palette to analogue subtractive synthesis: FM or frequency modulation, uses two waveforms, one modulating the other (the 'carrier' and the 'modulator') plus an LFO to create non-standard, unusual noises. Frequently described as bell-like and metallic, FM synthesis can be analogue in nature but is more usually (as it is here) digital for more wave stability.
What it does sound like is very 80s in character: all of those bass sounds with loads of attack are FM basslines. Lots of classic sounds from that era are easily recreated on here, using the step sequencer onboard to build up your parts.
It's spooky and exciting to have such great quality FM sounds available from such a small and relatively inexpensive device!
3-voice polyphonic FM synthesizer, fully compatible with classic unit
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.
16-step sequencer allows to automate each parameters
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. And 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 make crazy looping rhythms and patterns
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.
Make clone by synchronizing two units of volca fm
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.
With its compact size, battery operation, and built-in speaker, it's easy to take the volca anywhere and perform any time.
- True FM synthesis
- 3-voice polyphonic FM synthesizer, fully compatible with classic unit
- Super-easy sound editing
- Onboard CHORUS effect
- Volca-style sequencing and more
- 16-step sequencer allows to automate each parameters
- WARP ACTIVE STEP, ARPEGGIATOR and PATTERN CHAIN make crazy looping rhythms and patterns
- High playability
- Synchronize two volca FM units
- Compact size, battery operation, and built-in speaker