The Korg Volca FM is a polyphonic digital synthesizer that completely reproduces a classic FM sound engine. This new addition to Korg's popular Volca series is a three voice digital DM synth that completely reproduces the classic sound engine whilst being portable, easy to use and highly compatible. Easily manipulate distinctive FM sounds and create powerful rhythm patterns with functions such as WARP ACTIVE STEP and PATTERN CHAIN in the Volca's 18 step sequencer. The Volca FM is fully compatible with DX7 sounds, meaning you have thousands of sonic possibilities available to download to the 32 programme slots. Unlike the other products in the Volca range, the FM is digital, but will still fit within your Volca chain thanks to the sync in/out slots, and a MIDI 'in' slot for further connectivity. Plus, with its compact size, battery operation, and built-in speaker, it's easy to take the Volca anywhere and perform any time.
Usability and portability are the two main objectives of Korg’s Volca range and the FM is no different. There are plenty of ways to easily attain the sounds you’re looking for with the Volca FM. The 6 operators can be edited on the system to find your unique tone. There’s LFO with depth and rate controls, and an array of editing knobs for further customisation. The presets are an obvious throwback to synths of the 80s, but recreate them faithfully and with attention to detail. The Volca FM can be filled with sounds from the DX-7 via the online database SysEx, making it a powerful tool for a multitude of song possibilities.
In the 1980s, when FM (Frequency Modulation) sound generation was introduced, it became a major turning point in the history of synthesizers. The metallic, sharp sounds, most notably electric piano and synth bass, are still hugely popular with modern music creators. The Volca FM perfectly reproduces the classic sound engine of the 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.
The MODULATOR/CARRIER edit knobs make sound editing simple with their movements mapped to multiple parameters. FM enthusiasts can explore full parameter edits with the help of the included Parameter List Guide.
The Volca FM features a lush chorus effect to add depth to your sounds and expand the creative potential even further.
A loop sequencer with up to 16 steps lets you record your performance on the touch panel keyboard as you play. Easily create phrases and store up to 16 sequence patterns in internal memory. The motion sequence function records your knob movements so you can add time varying change to the sound. This means you can polish your loops and generate impressive and original live performances.
The Korg Volca FM features an active step function that lets you skip steps during a sequence and new functions that allow 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 synchronising 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. 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.
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