Korg Volca FM Digital FM Synthesizer

Korg Volca FM Digital FM Synthesizer

Korg Volca FM Digital FM Synthesizer

Korg Volca FM Digital FM Synthesizer

Korg Volca FM Digital FM Synthesizer

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Product Highlights

  • Polyphonic FM Synthesis
  • 3-Voice Polyphony
  • 6 Operators and 32 Algorithms
  • Loop Sequencer
  • Built-In Chorus
  • 27 Keys
  • Sync Multiple Volca Instruments
  • Volca FM to Volca FM Cloning
  • Built-In Speaker
  • Battery or AC Power
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Korg VOLCAFM overview

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The Volca FM from Korg is a 3-voice digital FM synthesizer that faithfully reproduces the sound engine of a classic FM synthesizer with its sharp, metallic sounds, notable electric pianos, and deep, full bass. The unit features 6 operators, and 32 algorithms provide complete compatibility and can even load files in the SYS-EX/SYX format of the Yamaha DX7. The Volca FM makes editing patches easy and accessible with single knobs mapped to multiple parameters. The hardcore programmers can menu dive into full parameter edits and a Parameter List Guide is included. Additionally, the instrument includes an on-board chorus effect capable of adding depth and to your sound creations.

A built-in 16-step loop sequencer offers the ability to record phrases as you play them. The Motion Sequencer allows you to record knob edits in real time while the Warp Active Step and Pattern Chain functions can provide dynamic changes to your programmed sequences. Additionally, an on-board arpeggiator offers a total of 9 types including three patterns each of "Rise", "Fall", and "Random" and aids for the creation of crazy looping rhythms and patterns.

The unit can be programmed with its 27-key Multi-Touch keypad or with an external MIDI controller or DAW via its 5-pin DIN MIDI input. Multiple units from the Volca line can be clock synced with the 1/8" Sync In and Out connectors. When two units of Volca FM are connected, you can clone the sound programs and sequence data from Volca FM to Volca FM. Playback is provided through the 1/8" headphone output or through the Volca Keys' built-in speaker. It can be powered by the included six AA batteries or with the optional KA-350 AC adapter. The Volca FM ships with a sync cable and an edit-parameter list.

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Korg Volca FM Digital FM Synthesizer
  • 6 x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • Sync Cable
  • Edit-Parameter List
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Korg VOLCAFM specs

    Keyboard Multi-Touch Keyboard
    Synthesizer Type FM Synthesis
    Polyphony 3 Voices (Maximum)
    Structure 6 operators, 32 algorithms
    Number of Programs 32
    Editor Main Edits: Modulator (Attack, Decay), Carrier (Attack, Decay), LFO (Rate, P.Depth), Algrtm
    Available to edit full parameters for each operator in Edit Mode
    Controls Transpose, Velocity, Octave, Arp (Type, Div)
    Arpeggiator Arpeggiator Types: 9 (each 3 patterns of "Rise", "Fall", and "Random")
    Modes Voice Modes: Poly, Mono, Unison
    Effects Chorus
    Sequencer Number of Parts: 1
    Number of Steps: 16
    Number of Recording Patterns: 16
    Controls: Motion Sequence, Active Step, Warp Active Step, Pattern Chain, Metronome
    Connectors Audio Output: Headphones (3.5 mm stereo mini jack)
    Sync In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm monaural mini jack, Maximum input level: 20 V
    Sync Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm monaural mini jack, Output level: 5 V
    When two units of volca fm, available to export the sound programs and sequence data from a volca fm to the other one
    MIDI: In, Available to convert and load SYS-EX/SYX file created on the Yamaha DX7
    Power Supply 6x AA Alkaline or AA Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries
    Optional KA-350 AC Adapter
    Battery Life 10 Hours (Approximate, Using Alkaline Batteries)
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 7.61 x 4.54 x 1.57" / 193 x 115 x 40 mm
    Weight 12.7 oz / 360.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.5 x 6.0 x 2.9"

    Korg VOLCAFM reviews

    Volca FM Digital FM Synthesizer is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from KORG Volca FM Digital FM Amazing sounding synthesizer. Right out of the box it sounds awesome without any tweaking at all. I just got mine and can not believe how great it sounds... I am not a keyboard player but do know some music theory. With the limited skill set I possess every pattern I play on the FM sounds awesome, like a song from the radio. This instrument is so cool sounding and inspiring I cant wait to learn more of its inner workings. Good good stuff. I expected it to be a very cool instrument but not this cool. If you own any of the other Volca series synths Id bet this one would end up being your favorite. It just sounds amazing, the built in presets are so fun to play. Again without any tweaking it just sounds awesome. Looking forward to getting more familiar with its capabilities (like mentioned). I am so glad I purchased this synthesizer for all the reasons above. Buy it and you will not regret it.
    Date published: 2016-04-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from if Dexed software is free then why get this Dexed vst has Velocity controls... and sounds GREAT..and it is free. so...why get this....for most, this is NOT necessary... i only will get it for one reason... bec i collect small things... otherwise...besides, portability..this thing has no reason to exist...with all its limits and faults.
    Date published: 2017-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Brightest Color in the Studio The Volca FM synth is a great way to add sonic color to your recordings. If you enjoy unique sounds, you'll enjoy the FM.
    Date published: 2016-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product, super fun Compact, fun, runs on batteries (not too green buy portable) and great sound for the price.
    Date published: 2016-10-10
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