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Korg Juice Up Their Next Generation Volca FM 2 Syntheiszer: 6 Voice, 6 Operator

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The next-gen volca fm is a powerful 6-voice, 6-Operator FM synthesizer with all 32 classic algorithms, a 16-step loop sequencer, effects and a powerful arpeggiator that perfectly reproduces the sound of the classic Yamaha DX7 and is completely compatible with SYS-EX patches for the DX7 as well. We take our first look and listen to the new Volca FM and see how it compares to its predecessor.

With 6 voices (instead of the 3 of its predecessor) the new volca fm brings a new world of harmonic possibilities to your production. It is possible to play, sequence or arpeggiate complex chords with up to 6 voices in order to bring a unique flavour to your music production. No more running out of voices when sequencing melody, harmony and bass all in one device! Moreover, the new volca fm is now velocity sensitive via MIDI, when coupled with its 6-voice polyphony, provides a much more expressive and nuanced playing experience than ever before.

By popular request, volca fm includes a lush Reverb effect in addition to the Chorus effect. Each of these two effects can be used and adjusted individually to add the finishing touch to any FM sound you are going for.

In addition to MIDI IN the new volca fm also includes a MIDI OUT (IN/OUT 3.5 mm TRS), making it possible to use the intuitive volca internal sequencer to control other devices through MIDI, making it the perfect addition to your standalone setup. Of course, it also works well with your DAW of choice thanks to note, control, and clock receipt via the MIDI IN.

volca fm also incorporates a motion sequence function to record in real-time all the subtle nuances of your playing and knob movements, letting you add time-varying changes to the sound. This is a great way to polish your loops, and also lets you generate highly original live performances.

New program randomization and performance-oriented functions. In order to spice things up, the new generation of volca fm includes a brand new program randomizer, letting you find new inspiration through happy accidents and unexpected patches.

In addition to the active step function that lets you skip steps during a sequence, the volca fm provides new functions that enable you to generate more irregular rhythms. If the active step is fewer than 16 steps, you can use the warp active step function to compensate so you occupy the same playback time as 16 steps; then by synchronizing the playback with another volca series unit, you can deliberately skew the step timing to generate truly unconventional performances.

Furthermore, the pattern chain function lets you connect multiple sequence patterns for successive playback, making it possible to construct large-scale developments of 32, 64, or even 256 steps by joining up to 16 sequences.

Following the Korg volca tradition, the new volca fm comes in a portable, small form factor that you can take anywhere. Totally hands on with plenty of knobs for on-the-fly sound editing, volca fm runs on 6 AA batteries, has an integrated speaker and at only 360g/12.6oz (without batteries) is perfect for stand-alone use. Furthermore, with SYNC IN-OUT and MIDI IN-OUT connections, it integrates seamlessly with your live rig, production studio and of course any other volca!

In collaboration with Oscillator Sink, old and new volca fm users can use the completely free online editor to easily modify their patches; no installation is required.

ETA in Stores: May 2022

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