Korg details its Yamaha DX7-inspired synth.

Korg has released the full specifications for its new Volca FM synth, together with a video showing what it’s capable of.

Announced in January, the Volca FM is the latest addition to Korg’s compact Volca family, and is inspired by the digital FM (frequency modulation) synths of the 1980s – specifically Yamaha’s iconic DX7, used on A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’ and Michael Jackson’s Bad.

The Volca FM doesn’t just look like the DX7 – it can load presets in the same SYS-EX/SYX format of Yamaha’s synth, in case you happen to have any lying around on a floppy disk.

If you don’t have a DX7 lying in the attic, Korg claims the Volca FM features “accessible” sound editing capabilities, and includes a full parameter list guide to make the process much easier than it was on the notoriously difficult to program DX7.


As well as the usual effects and functions you’d expect from a Volca including chorus, arpeggiator and 16-step sequencer, the Volca FM’s sync connector lets it connect to other Volca synths and copy data from one Volca FM to another.

The Korg Volca FM will be available in April. US retailer Sweetwater has it listed at $159.99 – comparable to the rest of the Volca range.

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