Korg has announced the second generation Volca FM. To me, each time KORG revisits the older Volcas comes in as a pleasant surprise. The Volca FM is fondly remembered as one of the better ones, oozing the kind of charm that only a “DX7 in a tiny box” can possibly have. The second-gen Volca FM looks mostly the same, but there are significant improvements under the hood: twice the number of voices, more memory, a new reverb effect, and MIDI output. These warrant a proper second-gen/MK2 designation, not just a mere facelift. Here’s more about the Volca FM MK2…
Korg Volca FM 2nd Generation
The Korg Volca FM gets a partial makeover and it’s not just cosmetic changes. There’s a sizable list of improvements and new features, many of which fans have been clamoring for. One of the most important innovations is the doubled polyphony – it’s six voices now, not three. Additionally, you can now save up to 64 sounds and there is a new randomize function to conjure new sounds instantly.
The 2nd generation Volca FM is also the first in the series to feature a MIDI output. Thanks to it, the internal 16-step sequencer with motion sequencing can trigger external devices. On the MIDI input side, the Volca FM now receives MIDI velocity so it plays with more expression. The original chorus effect is supplemented by a new reverb and both effects can be used simultaneously. The sequencer is also changed with the addition of a new mode called “Warp Active Step”. It can make for some interesting rhythmic shifts.
These changes aside, the synth architecture remains the same. The Volca FM features six operators and 32 algorithms alongside compatibility with any DX7 patches. The control panel layout hasn’t been changed, either.
Price and availability information
The 2nd-gen Volca FM will be available from May 2022, priced EUR 189 with VAT.
More information for the KORG Volca FM 2nd-gen
- KORG Volca FM 2nd gen - front: KORG
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