In the latest episode of Sonic State’s Sonic Lab, host Nick Batt takes a look at the new Korg Volca FM synthesizer.
The Volca FM is a 3-voice polyphonic FM synth module, inspired by vintage Yamaha DX-style FM synthesis.
Batt notes the strength of the Volca FM as a tiny synth module that reproduces the sound of the Yamaha’s classic DX synths. But he also highlights a couple of limitations that could be show-stoppers for some users – the lack of standard velocity support and the complex patch editing.
Ultimately, the ‘sweet spot’ for the Volca FM probably isn’t as an alternative to vintage DX synths, but as part of a minimal groove making setup.
The Korg Volca FM has a street price of about US $160.