Korg Volca FM

Compact Digital FM Synthesiser

  • 3 Voice polyphony
  • Fully compatible with the original
  • Automated step sequencer with 16 steps
  • With Warp Active Step, Arpeggiator and Pattern Chain
  • Chorus effect
  • Sync input and output: 3.5 mm mini mono connector
  • MIDI input
  • Headphone output: 3.5 mm mini
  • Power supply: 6 AA batteries or optional power supply KA-350 (not included)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 193 × 115 × 40 mm
  • Weight: 360 g
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Further Information

Number Of Keys 16
Touch-Sensitive No
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel No
Amount of simultaneous tones 3
Sound Engine FM Synthesis
MIDI interface 1x In
Storage Medium None
USB-port No
Effects Chorus
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No

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Can't get anything better for the price!
Reems, 21.03.2019
I've had my eyes on the Volca FM for the past year and I gotta say, it didn't disappoint at all!

This little synth is small, but packed with features. It can load and recreate Yamaha DX7 patches, so for those that are not inclined to delve into creating sounds with it, there's already (literally!) thousands of patches available for free online. It's also probably the most intuitive FM synth ever. The knobs and buttons make changing parameters on the go a much smoother and less painful process compared to f.ex. FM synths from the 80's. Folks who want to create their own sounds will appreciate the Algorithm and Parameter List card provided in the box by Korg.
Of course, it can't all be good - the synth, like any product, has it's downsides. It IS tiny, so for someone with bigger hands tweaking the knobs and picking the right key on the touch strip might be a nightmare. Moreover, 3 voices of polyphony ain't that much if you want to play lush pads without voice stealing.
However, I still believe the Korg Volca FM is a superb product. It's cheap, fun, sounds great and makes you want to sit down with it and create music! Highly recommended.
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Super cheap, good sounding, lots of fun with few minor annoyances
24.02.2017
I added Volca FM to my mostly analog setup because it was really cheap and it actually sounded pretty good an all the videos I watched prior to purchase.
Month after actually using it my feelings are mixed.

cons:
I really find it difficult blending Volca FM's sound with analog (subtractive) gear.
Unit does not come with power supply unit. It comes with batteries which are, I must say, really durable (after month of use Volca's battery indicator shows 80%)
Ignores velocity over midi.
HISS. There is constant (-140dB to -110dB) noise across the whole frequency spectrum. It not dependent of output volume or any other controls whatsoever. It's just always there.

pros:
PRICE. Nothing to add, it's really cheap.
Simple, portable, intuitive and fun to play with, but it also has its depth if you wanna dive into FM synthesis.
Interesting sequencer and really fun arpeggiator.
Although plastic, build quality is better than I expected
Algorithms, LFO

Bottom line, if you don't have problem with few little annoyances I mentioned, its super cheap, good sounding, really fun little box.
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