Korg Volca FM

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The Korg Volca FM synthesizer module is like a portable version of the legendary DX7 FM synth — it can even accept original DX7 patch data! And the sound engine is exactly what you'd expect from that classic FM synth: six operators are ready to create clanging metallic tones, ripping leads, subsonic basses, and all manner of special effects.

The built-in 16-step sequencer with Motion Sequence allows you to record knob twists as well as note data for more sonic animation. Twist your patterns with Warp Active Step, Pattern Chain, or with the Arpeggiator, and use the lush onboard chorus effect to add shimmer to your sounds. Whether you perform live or produce electronic music in your studio, there's a lot of sonic potential in the Korg Volca FM.

Easier to program than a vintage DX7

The classic FM synthesizer that electronic musicians know and love is the Yamaha DX7, and it's just as famous for being difficult to program as it is for its iconic sound. The Korg Volca FM packs the same sound engine based around six operators, and its streamlined control set makes it much easier to program your own sounds from scratch. From percussion and effects to Reese bass and more, you can dial in classic FM synth sounds and save 32 of your favorites for instant recall. On top of that, Korg includes a Parameter List Guide you can reference as you learn your way around.

Tap into three decades of FM sound design

The original DX7 played a big role in shaping the sound of the '80s Michael Jackson's "Bad," Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone," and Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It," among countless others. It says a lot that over 30 years later diehard DX7 fans are still creating new sounds and sonic textures with the original DX7. The Korg Volca FM allows you to share DX7 patches via SYS-EX/SYS files.

There are countless patches available online, so you'll never run out of sounds to play or tweak. Getting patches out of your Volca FM is just a matter of writing down your settings (there's no MIDI out). However, if you're like many of the lifelong keyboard players here at Sweetwater and still rock a DX7, then it's totally worth the effort. There's nothing like using your Volca FM to craft new patches on your lunch break and bringing them back to the studio in the evening.

Power options provide portable creativity

Like the rest of the Volca series, Korg's Volca FM is designed to run for hours off six AA batteries. That makes it ideal for laying down grooves at the coffee shop or throwing down for impromptu tabletop sessions. There's even a mini speaker onboard, so you can ditch the headphones and share the fun.

On that note, the included sync cable makes sharing the fun across modules easy by keeping everything locked to the same beat. Know you're in for a longer session and don't want to chew through batteries? No worries — just pick up a Volca Power Supply and you're good to go as long as you like.