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Manufacturer's ID: VOLCA-FM
What we say:
At A Glance:
The Volca FM from Korg is an amazing little FM synthesizer. It perfectly reproduces the sound of a certain synthesizer that helped shape music from the early 80s to the present day. The controls are really simple to use, and it’s extremely compact. If you’re looking for glassy FM sounds at an affordable price, then the Volca FM is ideal!
Features We Love:
The Volca FM is a three-voice FM synthesizer that replicates the sound of Yamaha’s legendary DX7. Featuring 6 operators and 32 algorithms, this thing sounds amazing. You can even load DX7 files into the Volca FM, or use it alongside the original unit!
Easy to Use
FM synthesis can be really tricky to program for the novice. That's why Korg have simplified the controls to adjust multiple parameters at once.. You don’t need to be a synth expert to create your own sounds on the Volca FM, which is fantastic to hear!
The Volca FM features MIDI in, so you can hook up your favourite controller if you want to play the synth on keys. You’ll also find sync connectors on all of the Volca range. This is particularly neat for syncing the tempo of multiple Volca units together via CV patch cables.
- Three-voice FM synthesizer
- Chorus effect
- Compact and affordable
- Easy to use step sequencer
- MIDI and sync connectors
- Korg Volca FM
- AA Batteries x6
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
- Korg Volca Beats
- AA alkaline battery ×6
- Sync Cable
- Edit Parameter List