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KORG volca fm Explained®

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    Introduction (3:36)


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    What is FM Synthesis? (4:37)


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    FM Synthesis in the volca fm (3:47)


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    Edit Menu, Keyboard Functions, & Global Parameters (9:53)


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    Front Panel Controls (6:44)


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    Loading, Altering & Saving Sounds (3:05)


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    Patterns (9:56)


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    Motion Sequences & Chaining Patterns (6:48)


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    The Arpeggiator (5:30)


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    Building an Init Patch (4:32)


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    The Envelopes (9:40)


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    Frequency Controls (4:03)


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    The Level Scaling (9:19)


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    The LFO (9:41)


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    The Pitch Envelope (3:37)


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    Algorithms, Sound Design, & Feedback (17:20)


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    Velocity (4:46)


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    Bass Sound Design (11:08)


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    Pad Sound Design (14:38)


Studio pro Larry Holcombe brings you an in-depth series on the wildly popular KORG volca fm hardware synth. Explore what this small but mighty synth can do and learn all about its features and functions, how to operate and program it, as well as some cool sound design ideas!

Larry begins with an introduction to FM Synthesis, and then starts at the beginning with the KORG volca, covering how it executes FM synthesis, its Edit Menus, Keyboard Functions and Global Parameters, followed by front panel controls and how to load and save sounds.

Next, see how to play and create patterns with its built in sequencer, use the powerful Arpeggiator, how to make a blank starting patch to build upon, and then more specific topics like Level Scalling, the LFO, Pitch Envelope, and using Velocity.

Wrapping it up, Larry covers the Algorithms, Sound Design Concepts and Feedback, which is essential to programming sounds on the volca fM, followed by step by step videos on designing a Bass and Pad sound.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re new to the KORG volca fm, or just want to go a little deeper into understanding and using its features, this is the video series to see… Watch “KORG volca fm Explained®” today!


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Tuoni64
Submitted 6 months ago

Finally, a tutorial that goes for the nitty gritty

This was excellent. Most other tutorials I've seen on the Volca FM focus on the step sequencer and obvious front panel controls. I can work those out for myself! While this course did cover those as well it also delved into the programming of the operators with some solid examples of what can be done. I'm familiar with FM synthesis both from using a DX7 (way back when) and FM8 however the DX7 was a pain to program and the FM8 presents a much simpler view of parameters. This course really helped nail the parameters and how they combine on the Volca FM. In particular I'd found the EG particularly non-intuitive and Larry neatly covered this off several times. Repetition helps!! If you want to get the most out of the Volca FM, and it can offer a lot, I'd highly recommend this course.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reaper, Studio One

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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KORG volca fm Explained® is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Finally, a tutorial that goes for the nitty gritty This was excellent. Most other tutorials I've seen on the Volca FM focus on the step sequencer and obvious front panel controls. I can work those out for myself! While this course did cover those as well it also delved into the programming of the operators with some solid examples of what can be done. I'm familiar with FM synthesis both from using a DX7 (way back when) and FM8 however the DX7 was a pain to program and the FM8 presents a much simpler view of parameters. This course really helped nail the parameters and how they combine on the Volca FM. In particular I'd found the EG particularly non-intuitive and Larry neatly covered this off several times. Repetition helps!! If you want to get the most out of the Volca FM, and it can offer a lot, I'd highly recommend this course.
Date published: 2018-02-16
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