Korg volca FM Digital FM Synthesizer
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The volca series has shed new light on classic technologies by linking classic sound engines and early samplers of the past with the dance music of today. Now it's time for the series to gain an FM sound engine.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.
3-voice polyphonic FM synthesizer
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.
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
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
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Things You Will Get:
- volca FM Digital FM Synthesizer
- AA alkaline battery x 6 (for verifying operation)
- Sync Cable
- Edit Parameter List
- Owner's Manual
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- Elegantly Designed
- Excellent Sound Quality
- Features Ribbon Keyboard
- Immensely Tweakable
- Integrates Sequencer
- Integrates Transpose Functionality
- Integrates Velocity Control
- Rather Affordable
- Recalls Patches
- Very Slick SSD Usage
- Abbreviations Impose Learning Curve
- Lacks MIDI Out For SysEx
- Tactile Keyboard Might Be Desirable
- Impromptu Synthesis
- Low-Poly Synth Parts
- Wherever Synthesizers Can Go
I probably was born a bit too early, because I wish I started on this synthesizer!
My first synthesizer was the Volca Keys, which was very versatile but still relatively limited in comparison with more upscale counterparts. The Volca FM very much builds upon my favorite parts of the Volca Keys- such as the size, price, polyphony, and versatility- and sums up to a superb synthesizer for the form factor and in general. While the Volca Keys would still be analog, the Volca FM's FM synthesis doesn't try to be analog until the signal reaches the DAC. Its engine is amazingly deep and robust, and by no means feels limited as the Volca Keys did I am always excited to patch it. It is designed so well, and seems to leverage the more "minimalistic" slant of the DX7's design to make really effective use of every slider, knob, button, and surface. To me, the only thing better at what I like about the Volca FM may well just be the original DX7, but not without some trade-offs. In fact, one could claim it expands upon the DX7 with its global envelope generators, illuminated display, and sequencer. Otherwise, it feels a lot like its compact version with a ribbon keyboard and three-note polyphony. Smaller at times, bigger at times?
If I would stick to only one synthesizer, I swear I would choose the Volca FM.
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|Dimensions||7.60”W x 4.53”H x 1.57”D|
|Controls||Transpose, Velocity, Octave, Arp (Type, Div)|
|Arpeggiator||9 (each 3 patterns of "Rise", "Fall", and "Random")|
|Weight||12.70 oz. (Excluding batteries)|
|Audio Output Types||Headphones (3.5mm stereo mini jack)|
|Battery Life||Approximately 10 hours (using alkaline batteries)|
|Polyphony (Voices)||3 voice|
AA alkaline battery x 6 or AA nickel-metal hydride battery x 6
AC adapter (DC 9V) (optional)
|Power Supply Included||No|
|Keyboard||Multi touch keyboard|
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