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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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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Best Volca ever

ardanoviz, 11.04.2018
Premise: I'm not a Volca series lover at all.
Except for this one.
Compared with the original FM synthesizer Yamaha DX7, this little box sounds amazing.
I use it sequenced via MIDI and, I must say, I have been really impressed.
For what concerning construction and usage, it's still a Volca: that means lots of plastic, poor lcd screen, extremely little knobs, mini jacks and lots of shortcuts for entering different functions.
BUT, as I have already said, this one is the only Volca I've been actually fell in love with. Just keep in mind the operator chart for carrier/modulated oscillators and go with the flow.
I mean, if the true FM sounds is the most important part, for this price you can't find anything better.
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