Korg Volca FM – The Expert Guide

korg-volca-fm-bookAuthor Tony Horgan let us know about a new electronic book he’s published, Korg Volca FM – The Expert Guide, which is now available as an iBook.

The interactive guide features easy-to-follow text, illustrations, photography and audio examples. Every control is covered in detail, FM synthesis is demystified, and all the parameters and algorithms are fully discussed and illustrated.

Here’s an index of what is covered:

1. About this book
– Hello
– Get in touch
2. Quick-start guides
– How to select a sound
– How to edit a sound
– How to rename a sound
– How to save a sound
– How to select and play a pattern
– How to record a pattern
– How to save a pattern
– How to record a motion sequence
– How to chain patterns
– How to import Yamaha DX7 sounds
– How to clone sounds and patterns
3. What is FM synthesis?
– FM synthesis theory
4. Slider controls
– Transpose slider
– Velocity / Value slider
5. Program edit knobs
– Modulator & Carrier knobs (+ envelopes)
– LFO rate, LFO Pitch Depth
– Program / Param knob
– Algorithm knob
6. Program edit buttons
– Octave / Operator buttons
– Save / Export button
– Edit button
7. The arpeggiator
– About the arpeggiator
– Arp type knob
– Arp type chart
– Arp Div knob
– Arp Division chart
8. Tempo and volume
– Tempo knob
– Volume knob
9. Play, Record, memory & Func buttons
– Play / Active step button
– Record / Erase button
– Memory / Write button
– Func button
10. Keyboard functions
– Understanding the keyboard and LEDs
– Voice mode: Poly, Mono, Unison
– Chorus
– Arp On / Off key
– Tempo division
– Metronome
– Warp Active Step
– Transpose note
– Motion sequence keys
– Clear Active Step
– Clear All
11. Power
– Mains and battery power
– Auto Power Off
12. MIDI In
– MIDI: an overview
– MIDI cables
– Selecting the MIDI channel
– MIDI Control Change messages
– MIDI Control Change numbers
13. Sync In / Sync Out
– What is Sync?
– Changing Sync steps
– Changing Sync polarity
14. Headphone socket and speaker
– Audio connection and speaker
15. Parameters in brief
– Parameter list
– What are parameters?
– How to select and edit parameters
16. Parameters in detail
– Every parameter explained in detail
17. Algorithms
– Algorithms list
– Algorithms explained
– Full-page diagrams of every algorithm
18. System update
– How to update the firmware
19. Global parameters
– All global parameters explained

Pricing and Availability

Korg Volca FM – The Expert Guide is available now, for iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, for US $5.99. 

3 thoughts on “Korg Volca FM – The Expert Guide

  1. i dont think Korg realize what an incredible idea they have started here…FM synth with KNOBS.

    i hope this is just the start and they make a full-sized FM synth covered in knobs. Put my name down for one of those, it would be SOLD!

    1. I’ve been banging on about an FM synth with knobs on for years, no reason why we can’t have a fully editable 16 operator FM synth with analogue filters in this day and age.

  2. Why is it only for the ios
    And not also for the android or windows
    This is discrimination LOL
    can you make a nother version for android or windows .that would be nice, for the people that don’t own a mac and like to read it

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