Korg Volca FM - Digital FM Synthesizer


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Korg Volca Series Polyphonic Digital FM Synthesizer with Built-In Sequencer

Korg Volca FM is a three-voice digital FM synthesizer that completely reproduces the Yamaha DX7 sound engine and provides patch 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, fully compatible with classic unit
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. Volca FM perfectly reproduces the sound engine of the classic digital synthesizer that made the world aware of FM synthesis. Its 6 operators and 32 algorithms provide complete compatibility and it can even load files in sysex format from Yamaha DX7.

Super-easy sound editing
Volca FM makes FM sound editing accessible with its MODULATOR/CARRIER 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, and Volca FM comes with a parameter list guide to assist with this.

Onboard chorus effect
Along with a perfect reproduction of the sound engine, 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 allows parameter automation
There's a loop sequencer with up to 16 steps, allowing you to record your performance on the touch panel keyboard as you play. It's easy to create phrases that come to mind, and 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.

In addition to the ACTIVE STEP function that lets you skip steps during a sequence, 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 and 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.

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.

High playability
Make a clone by synchronizing two units: Volca FM provides an audio sync connector that can be easily connected to Korg's groove machines. Connect this to other Volca series units, Monologue, Minilogue, Electribe, Electribe S, SQ-1 or Monotribe 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.

Enjoy anywhere
With its compact size, battery operation and built-in speaker, it's easy to take Volca anywhere and perform any time.

More Information
Manufacturer Korg
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer 1/8" instrument cable
(6) AA batteries
Analog/Digital Digital
Number of Keys 27
Key Action Multi-touch keyboard
Speakers Built-in mini speaker
Programs/Presets (32) patch storage locations
(16) sequence storage locations
Voices of Polyphony 3
Oscillators per Voice Varies by Sound Engine
Effects Chorus
Sequencer (16) steps
(16) sequence storage locations
Audio File Playback No
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Outputs 1/8" stereo headphone/main output
Control Connections 1/8" sync input
1/8" sync output
Width 7.61"
Depth 4.54"
Height 1.57"
Product Weight 0.79 lb (excluding batteries)

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