volca fm vs. dx7

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volca fm vs. dx7

Post by ranzee » Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:54 pm

EDIT: original video replaced with this one:



A short video showing some differences between the volca fm and dx7 sound. Instructions on how to dump the factory dx7 patches into the volca fm - and identifying some shortcomings of the volca fm.
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Re: volca fm vs. dx7

Post by devalier » Thu May 19, 2016 7:55 pm

The video seems unavailable. I wonder if Ranzee or any others can elaborate beyond the technical specification pros and cons of a DX7 vs Volca FM.
I am considering a new synth and debating between the DX7 (y.a.k.) or a volca fm MIDI'd to the Kurzweil. The price is the same and as far as I can tell:

PRO VOLCA :
Size/weight studio space
New/warranty/reliability
Fun factor

CON VOLCA :
No aftertouch
Velocity requires a convoluted midi transposition setup and gear (and maybe delay)
No midi out (unimportant?)

PRO DX7 :
Cool factor
Keyboard autonomy in-studio live mode (not to be underestimated)

CON DX7:
Repairs (I keep a soldering iron next to my T3)
The opposite of the volca pros

Advice? Opinions? Comparison beyond the tech specs?

Thanks!

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Re: volca fm vs. dx7

Post by db0451 » Thu May 19, 2016 10:43 pm

The main shortcoming is, of course, polyphony, or rather the lack thereof. What type of patches do you want to play? If you need more than 3 notes, the Volca can't do it. That's a tech spec, sure, but it's a significant one worth mentioning.

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Re: volca fm vs. dx7

Post by commodorejohn » Thu May 19, 2016 10:50 pm

When it comes to FM, there's the DX7 and then there's everything else. And I wouldn't worry too much about repairs, the Mk. 1 DX7 is built like a gorram tank.
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Re: volca fm vs. dx7

Post by ranzee » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:09 pm

Sorry about the video - I took it down as I wanted to re-do it a lot better, it was getting a lot of dislikes (probably for good reason).

To answer @devalier 's questions:

You can add to the VOLCA CONS list: No mod wheel implementation.

So for me: lack of velocity and mod wheel are two biggies.

Aftertouch is quite normal for gear to not have in that price range - and although it would be nice, I can live without it.

You can add to the VOLCA PRO list: Direct import of Sysex patch data. Very simple - download a DX7 patch (or patches) and transmit to the Volca. It wont do DX1 in the small tests I've done - so no latelybass :(

--- the video is being re-filmed as I type this, so within a few days hopefully it will be back up and better than the previous :)

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Re: volca fm vs. dx7

Post by ranzee » Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:54 pm

and here's the new video as promised:


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