I probably was born a bit too early, because I wish I started on this synthesizer! My first synthesizer was the Volca Keys, which was very versatile but still relatively limited in comparison with more upscale counterparts. The Volca FM very much builds upon my favorite parts of the Volca Keys- such as the size, price, polyphony, and versatility- and sums up to a superb synthesizer for the form factor and in general. While the Volca Keys would still be analog, the Volca FM's FM synthesis doesn't try to be analog until the signal reaches the DAC. Its engine is amazingly deep and robust, and by no means feels limited as the Volca Keys did I am always excited to patch it. It is designed so well, and seems to leverage the more "minimalistic" slant of the DX7's design to make really effective use of every slider, knob, button, and surface. To me, the only thing better at what I like about the Volca FM may well just be the original DX7, but not without some trade-offs. In fact, one could claim it expands upon the DX7 with its global envelope generators, illuminated display, and sequencer. Otherwise, it feels a lot like its compact version with a ribbon keyboard and three-note polyphony. Smaller at times, bigger at times? If I would stick to only one synthesizer, I swear I would choose the Volca FM.
Aodhaan Caheny Collier