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Korg Volca FM

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A brilliant presentation of FM sounds and synthesis.

The volca series has defined itself by linking classic sound engines of the past with the music of today. The volca fm perpetuates this commitment to making sensible bridges for the best sounds of the past to find a new relevance in modern music-making. If you are a fan of vintage synthesis and the true milestones of innovation that have occurred along the way, you will appreciate the tip of the hat to one of the great innovators of the early 1980s, right down to the user interface.

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.

True FM synthesis
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.

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.

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 volca fm is an ideal solution to the synthesist’s challenge of having a high-quality FM synthesizer in the toolkit, with control elements that make it sparkle in modern musical contexts.

FEATURES

Multi-touch keyboard with FM synthesis and 3 voice polyphony

    6 operators, 32 algorithms, 32 programs

    • Modulator, Carrier, LFO, and algorithm controls

      Nine arpeggiator types

      Poly, Mono, Unison

      Classic chorus effect

      16 Step sequencer

      Motion Sequence, Active Step, Warp Active Step, Pattern Chain, Metronome

      Sync In / Out

      Converts and loads SYS-EX/SYX files created on the Yamaha DX7

      AA alkaline battery x 6 or AA nickel-metal hydride battery x 6

      Or AC adapter (DC 9V) (optional)

      Battery Life approximately 10 hours

      7.60” x 4.53” x 1.57”

      12.7 oz

    If you are of a certain mindset, you've got to have this. It's as good as you imagine it might be. You won't be disappointed. Order today.

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    4.5

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    5.0

    Incredible synth at incredible price

    By Jeff

    from Seattle, Washington

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    Comments about Korg Volca FM:

    Incredibly fun, sounds awesome, would recommend to everyone

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    4.0

    Amazing synthesizer for the price point

    By Gabe

    from Seattle

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Ribbon keys are very difficult to play clean

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • Learning
    • MIDI
    • Travel

    Comments about Korg Volca FM:

    I have been playing guitar for about 4 years now, and see myself as fairly knowledgeable with musical concepts, and technically proficient on my instrument. However, I wanted to expand my horizons and learn keyboard, and experiment with fm synthesis. This synth delivers both a great keyboard learning experience (despite the three note polyphony) and a great foundation for getting into synthesis. I would imagine even an experienced keyboard player could make good use of this instrument if they wanted to get into fm synthesis. I would recommend buying a midi controller with this, though, as the ribbon keys are prone to playing the notes adjacent to the one you actually want. That is the only downside, as this synth makes it quick and easy to adjust parameters to get the sound you want.

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