2016 UPDATE: I just added over 60 new original patches, bringing the total to over 90.
Hit play on the video above to listen to all the patches. (In the YouTube description there’s a list of all the patches with clickable timestamps, so you can jump around.)
Despite its measly four-voice polyphony and limited patching options, the MicroKORG is the most popular synthesizer of the past decade and a half. This is probably because it was the first digital synthesizer capable of producing a convincingly analog sound. It’s capable of a far wider range of sounds than analog synths of old. It’s also extremely portable, making it easy to tour with. The stock patches, though, aren’t terribly useful, and over the past decade and a half have become tired and old – so here I present you with some fresh new ones.
In this pack of original patches, I’ve emulated famous vintage analog synths (Minimoog, Moog Modular, Juno, Jupiter), retro digital synths (DX7, D50, SQ80, Casiotone), vintage keyboards (Mellotron, Farfisa, Clavioline, Wurlitzer, analog piano, Eminent string machine, Hammond organs), and acoustic sounds (toy piano, marimba, church bell, male voice). For some of the synthesizer sounds I’ve drawn inspiration from artists such as John Carpenter, Tame Impala, Giorgio Moroder, Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Isao Tomita, Survive (Stranger Things OST), Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks OST), Air, The Cars, Clio, and styles ranging from electronic avant garde, kraut rock, new wave, horror/soundtrack, electro pop, space disco, garage rock, psychedelic pop, and dream pop. There are leads, pads, basses, drums, all sorts of sounds.
The pack contains over 90 patches and costs $15 – or roughly the cost of eating out for one night. You’ll only need to sell a couple copies of your album to recoup that expense.
Thank you for your support. Please, if you have any requests for patches you want me to make, let me know. I’m always working on new patches, and updates to the patch pack are free.
This demo was created with the original patches from the pack exactly how they sound with no processing on them. I’ll try to record some demo songs with new patches as soon as I get a chance.
Q: Are you still selling these?
A: Yes! The file will automatically download once you’ve paid via PayPal — so complete the checkout process, and don’t close the window before you get to the receipt page. If for some reason it doesn’t download, just email me and I’ll get it to you.
Q: How do I load these patches onto my MicroKORG?
A: The easiest way is to use KORG’s free MicroKORG Sound Editor software to transfer the patches from your computer to your synthesizer via MIDI. If you don’t already have one, a USB-MIDI cable costs less than $10 these days, and will save you hours of work. Mac OSX users have reported needing to use a software called Sysex Librarian (also free) to transfer the patches.
Q: I don’t have a MIDI interface. Is there any other way to load the patches onto my MicroKORG?
A: For the original patches in the pack I have screenshots you can use to manually enter the values into your MicroKORG using the “Edit Select” knobs. I’ll try to make time to take screenshots of the new patches as well, and if you have any special requests I’ll start on those. Entering the patches manually is a time-consuming, mind-numbing process, so you’d really be much better off investing in a dirt cheap USB MIDI adapter.
Q: Will these patches also work on the MicroKORG S, MS2000 or the MicroKORG XL?
A: They are compatible with the MicroKORG S and all variations of the MS2000. The XL unfortunately has an entirely different sound engine, which makes it incompatible.
Q: I already bought the patch library from you a while ago, but you’ve since added so many more cool patches to it. Can I have those too?
A: Yeah, no problem, just email me.
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