Korg Volca FM global settings and MIDI channel

Published: Tue 13 July 2021
Updated: Tue 31 August 2021 by Ludo In Music

What is the MIDI channel of your Volca FM? You did it a few months ago, but you don't remember how, and the manual is not an example of clarity. This is why I wrote this page, to quickly find the main parameters hidden in your VolcaFM user interface :)

How to set the MIDI channel?

One of the most useful thing is to change the MIDI channel of your Volca FM. Note that this trick works with all Volcas, Volca Drum, Volca Drum, Volca Samples etc. To do so:

  1. While holding down the MEMORY button, turn your Volca on
  2. Keyboard buttons 1 to 16 correspond to the MIDI channels 1 to 16. Press thebnbutton to set the desired channel, and the LED below the keyboard button will light up.

Volca MIDI channel setting

How to change other parameters Volca?

  1. While holding down FUNC button, turn on the VolcaFM
  2. Use the keyboard buttons 1–8 to set your preferences for any or all of the global parameters. (Refer to the table.)
  3. When you have finished, press the 🔴(REC) button. Your settings will be saved, and the volca fm will restart. To cancel without making changes, press the ▶(PLAY) button.

Parameter Status Display indication Status Display indication

Button Parameter LED lit up LED unlit
1 Auto power-off function *Enabled Disabled
2 Battery type selection Nickel-metal *Alkaline
3 Sync Out polarity Fall SyncOut Lo *Rise SyncOut HI
4 Sync In polarity Fall SyncIn Lo *Rise SyncIn HI
5 Tempo range Full (10-600) *Narrow (56-240)
6 MIDI Clock Source *Auto Internal clock
7 MIDI RX ShortMessage *On MdShrt Off MdShrt
8 Sync input/output unit Once a step *Once every 2 steps

*: Factory default setting

If you use the unofficial firmware, you have 2 additionnal global settings:

Button Parameter LED lit up LED unlit
9 Velocity on MIDI notes in enabled disabled
10 Patch import compatibility Yamaha compatibility Korg proprietary

How to check the firmware version on your Volca?

If you want to check the firmware version, turn the power ON while pressing the REC button.

How to reset your Volca?

To restore all FM sound programs and sequence data:

  1. While holding down the FUNC and MEMORY buttons, turn the VolcaFM on
  2. The (REC) and (PLAY) buttons will blink
  3. Press the (REC) button to restore the factory defaults
  4. Or Press the (PLAY) button to cancel the reset operation and simply start Volca FM

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