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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
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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Kid3000, 15.09.2016
This is a brilliant little synth. I wanted a hardware FM synth for a while and this is just it. The parameters they put on a front panel give a great amount of control over the synth considering how complex FM synthesis is. It's really fun to play with and the sequencer and parameter recording are great. It's a nice change from all the subtractive synths. It gives you a lot of new sounds to play with, although some will obviously sound very 80s. It may be a good thing, as it seems everyone is rediscovering the sound and culture of 80s and reliving their nostalgia.
There are couple of cons but not a deal breakers unless you mainly want to play it from external keyboard. First one is that the synth does not respond to velocity from external MIDI controller, there is velocity slider on the box - better than no velocity at all. Second con is that the parameter changes will not affect the sounds that is being played, i.e. if you play a note and tweak parameters it will only affect the next note you play.
Overall it is a great little synth and although it is only 3 voices you get a sequencer, arp and even a basic chorus - amazing for the price if you think about it.
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