Korg release next generation Volca FM

Korg release next generation Volca FM

Korg are excited to introduce a new generation of Volca FM – the latest addition to the incredible Volca range of portable, affordable, and powerful synthesizers. With expanded 6-voice polyphony, 16-step loop sequencer, arpeggiator and built-in effects, the new Volca FM is a DX compatible 6-operator FM synth that is small enough to fit into even the most compact setups.

Building on the enormous success of the original Volca FM, this updated model doubles the voices of its predecessor, adds additional effects, and offers MIDI velocity sensitivity with expanded connectivity.

6-voice power with velocity sensitivity

With 6 voices, Volca FM makes it possible to play, sequence or arpeggiate complex chords to bring a unique flavour to your music production.

The new Volca FM is even velocity sensitive via MIDI, which coupled with its 6-voice polyphony, provides an expressive and nuanced playing experience.


In addition to chorus, the new Volca FM includes a shimmering new reverb. This classic combination of effects can be adjusted individually to bring a finishing touch to both legendary and new FM sounds.

Easy sound creation

FM sound editing is accessible with Volca FM thanks to the modulator/carrier knobs – control movements are mapped to multiple parameters for sound changes that are easy to understand. FM enthusiasts can even dive into full parameter edits – Volca FM even comes with a Parameter List Guide to help.

Sequencing and connectivity

In addition to MIDI in, the new Volca FM includes a MIDI out via a TRS jack, making it possible to use the internal sequencer to control other devices through MIDI.

With a 16-step looping sequencer, you can record performances directly as you play. Furthermore, 16 sequence patterns can be stored in the internal memory and pattern chain allows you to link multiple patterns together to create a song.

Expanding the creative possibilities further, Volca FM incorporates motion sequencing making it possible to capture subtle nuances of playing and control changes in real time. Not only is this a great way to polish and fine-tune loops, it also allows for dynamic and original live performances.

Program randomisation and performance functions

Alongside the highly acclaimed warp active step, pattern chain, and enhanced arpeggiator functions, the next generation of Volca FM includes a program randomiser – a perfect way to explore sonic possibilities and find inspiration.

In addition to the active step function which lets you skip steps during a sequence, Volca FM provides new features to generate more complex rhythms. If you’re working with fewer than 16 steps, the warp active step function compensates and occupies the same playback time as 16 steps; then by synchronizing the playback with another Volca models, you can deliberately skew the step timing to generate truly original performances.

Volca FM even allows you to go beyond 16-step patterns. Join multiple sequence patterns for successive playback to construct large-scale developments of 32, 64, or even 256 steps!

Classic Sys-Ex compatibility

Volca FM perfectly reproduces the sound engine of DX7. Six operators and 32 algorithms provide complete compatibility, just load in the SYS-EX/SYX from DX7 and you are ready to go!

Powerful software included

The moment you receive Volca FM, you get access to a huge selection of free tools to help take your music to the next level.

Synthmata online editor

In collaboration with Oscillator Sink, users of either generation Volca FM can use the free online editor to modify patches; no installation required!

Software bundle

Volca FM software bundle includes Izotope “Ozone Elements” for song creation and mastering with AI.
“Skoove” helps improve your keyboard playing skills
“Reason Lite” DAW software
… and many more software synths from Korg and others.

Korg Volca

Volca is a thrilling series of compact and portable synths, drum units, and more. Used together or independently, they open a new world of creative possibilities. Battery or mains powered, and with built-in speakers, the Volca series is designed for all musicians from beginners to professionals, in the studio or on the go.

About Korg UK & Ireland

Korg began with an idea: use the latest technologies to create the finest electronic musical instruments and allow musicians to sound their very best. This will always remain our passion. Along the way, Korg has earned a reputation of technological leadership, ease-of-use and stunning sound.

For more info, visit: www.korg.co.uk

source – Music Instrument News


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