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Korg Volca FM - The Expert Guide

Korg Volca Expert Guides

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The essential guide to the Volca FM, created by the world’s leading Volca expert Tony Horgan. Across 170 pages, this interactive guide explains everything about the Volca FM, with easy-to-follow text, illustrations, photography and audio examples. Make rapid progress with the quick-start guides, then look deeper into the amazing Volca FM. Every control is covered in detail, FM synthesis is demystified, and all the parameters and algorithms are fully discussed and illustrated. Jump between sections using hyperlinks and take it at your own pace. From the author of the universally 5-star rated Korg Volca Beats - The Expert Guide, this is the perfect companion for all Volca FM users.

The full chapter list:
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

What's New in Version 1.3

Improvements and updates


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Customer Reviews

Amazing guide !!

Amazing guide !! All parameters and panel controls are explained properly.


If you own a Volca then you need this series of books. Invaluable guides that show how to get the best from your Volca. After the Volca it's the best money you can spend. Shows you things that you would take years to find out yourself and gets you making the best of the Volcas in a very short time. Recommended

Concise as ever

This series is excellent, if you buy a Korg Volca, you can't go wrong buying the book with it. The FM is a complex piece of equipment, this book lays it all out for you and give a really good grounding to start

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Korg Volca FM - The Expert Guide
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  • £6.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
  • Category: Music
  • Published: 21 July 2016
  • Publisher: Tony Horgan
  • Print Length: 172 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Korg Volca Expert Guides
  • Version: 1.3
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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