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Korg Volca FM Polyphonic Digital Synthesizer

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Korg Volca FM Synthesizer lovingly reproduces the classic FM sound engine in an updated polyphonic digital synthesiser design. This model encapsulates the Volca series' brilliant blend of retro and modern by combining old school sound engines and samplers from the past with the cutting-edge technology of today.

The Volca FM is a three-voice digital synthesiser that faithfully reproduces the the sound engine of classic FM synthesisers. Its user-friendly interface allows you to play with FM sounds, even if you are a newcomer to digital synthesis. What's more, its powerful 16-step sequencer produces new functions that allow you to make impressively powerful rhythm patterns.


Sound Editing Made Easy

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.

Lush 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

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. 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.

Nostalgic Design

The appearance of FM (Frequency Modulation) sound generation was a major turning point in the history of synthesisers. It's 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 synthesiser that made the world aware of FM synthesis. It's six operators and 32 algorithms provide complete compatibility, and it can even load files in the SYS-EX/SYX format of the Yamaha DX7.

Intricate 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 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. 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.

Additional Information

Brand Korg
Keys No
Audio Interface No
USB Compatible No
MIDI Compatible No
Works As A VST No
Built-in Sequencer No
Warranty 1 Year

- Keyboard: Multi touch keyboard
- Synthesizer
- Type: FM synthesis
- Maximum Polyphony: 3 voices
- Structure: 6 operators, 32 algorithms
- Number of Programs: 32
- 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 Types: 9 (each 3 patterns of "Rise", "Fall", and "Random")
- Voice Modes: Poly, Mono, Unison
- Effect: 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
- Power Supply: AA alkaline battery x 6 or AA nickel-metal hydride battery x 6 Or AC adapter (DC 9V) (optional)
- Battery Life: Approximately 10 hours (using alkaline batteries)
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 193 x 115 x 40 mm / 7.60” x 4.53” x 1.57”
- Weight: 360 g / 12.70 oz. (Excluding batteries)

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