Original MicroKORG Patches β€” Vintage, Retro, 60s, 70s, 80s

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.

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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.

Demonstration Song

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.

FAQ

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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83 comments

  1. i’m planing on buying this amazing pack soon with my friend who plays the microKORG in our band. It’s our first time adding patches to the synth, so its very helpful to have the breakdown of that process on this page!!

    If you are still taking requests for additional patch sounds, Have you thought about exploring more mellotron type sounds? maybe some mellotron strings and horns? and the classic flute. The chiors you have are very nice!!

    also could I request the Gary Numan signature Vox Humana sound from the PolyMoog?

    • Thor says:

      Great requests, Shane! I’ll have a go at these next time I have some free time to sit down with the MicroKORG. Mellotron sounds are hard, since the elements that make them so distinct (actual instrument performances and lo-fi tape frequency response and saturation) don’t have direct analogs in the subtractive synthesis paradigm. But you never know, sometimes magic happens. The Polymoog Vox Humana is supposedly also nearly impossible to emulate, but that sounds like a fun challenge.

    • Thor says:

      Ok! I added two attempts at the Vox Humana patch to the pack. Not perfect, but the right vibe at least.

      The Mellotron stuff is hard, but I once stumbled upon a good Strawberry Fields Forever flute that sounds pretty good: MicroKORG Mellotron Flute

  2. Annie says:

    Hello ! Would it be possible to get both the files and the screenshots?
    Thanks !

  3. Andre says:

    Can I still buy these?

  4. olivier says:

    Hi!
    just bought your patches collection, can’t wait to use it !!

    Thanks !

  5. Hans says:

    Hey!
    Just found your patches searching for a Marimba sound – although not entirely satisfied with the result – I am reeeally keen on a lot of the other sounds! And would like to support u and ur music!
    The sound that got me hooked on a marimba is this: https://soundcloud.com/toolc/forestronic any ideas on this regarding the mk sounds…?
    So I will buy your patches any minute – would you send me the screenshots AND the patches, as I don’t have an interface yet – but a friend has. πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for your work – keep on making good stuff and spread it!
    Best regards from Germany.

    • Thor says:

      Ultimately you’ll never get that good of a marimba sound or any acoustic sound out of a virtual analog synthesizer (or analog synthesizer for that matter). You can get closer with a FM synthesizer, but it’ll still sound cheesy and won’t be as nuanced. Your best bet is to find a good sample pack to load into a sampler. Have you tried asking that artist what she used?

  6. gil says:

    hey man i was jus wondering if you could have a microKORG XL version of these patches by any chance ? πŸ™‚

    • Thor says:

      Unfortunately, no. I’ve tried, but the XL has an entirely different sound engine with different sensitivities to values and is missing some of the more pleasing characteristics of the old MicroKORG, namely the ensemble effect.

  7. Nieves says:

    Hi! Are you still selling these sounds? Have you got any other libraries?

    Thanks!

  8. Alex says:

    Hello, I am getting a micro kor g tommorow and really like your patches. I’m pretty new to the world of synths so this might be a silly question. Can I upload your patches to my microkorg and then save them to the synth and use them without being pluged into a computer?

  9. Matt says:

    Just picked em up! cant wait to get them in the email! You update or get any new ones?

    • Thor says:

      Thanks! I haven’t added any new ones, but I’m sure I will, and when I do I’ll send the new ones to everybody who’s bought the pack. Any requests?

  10. ILARIA says:

    Hi! Are you still selling these? I’m interested in the screenshots of all the settings.. πŸ™‚

  11. Houle says:

    Are these still for sale? I would definitely need the screenshots to manually program as well as the patches themselves.

    Thanks!

  12. Andre says:

    Hey man cool sounds..
    Are you still selling this?

  13. Ryan says:

    You still offering this library of settings? Great stuff, reminds me of Mr. Bungle/SC3, Air, etc…

  14. zeke says:

    Hi Thor, I cant figure out how to load the .pgr files into the soundeditor. It doesnt recognize them. I am using a mac. is this an issue? What is the process for loading the files into the soundeditor and placing them on the microkorg itself? Thanks.

    • Thor says:

      I don’t have a mac, but here are some instructions I’ve found and sent people that seems to do the trick: http://www.korgforums.com/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t= 14712&highlight=microkorg+prg+mac

      1. Install an application that can transmit .sysex messages in OSX. I use SySex Librarian. 2. Connect your microKORG to your mac using your midi interface. 3. Change the MIDI filter setting on your microKORG so it can receive system exclusive messages (p60 of manual, shift+4 then turn knob 4 to “E-E”, press shift or 4 key to confirm). 4. Play the .sysex file using your software.

  15. Thor says:

    Here’s a cool song that uses my church bell patch:
    https://soundcloud.com/olafblanch/bells-of-delusions-demo

  16. Sam Hadden says:

    Great patches, love your music too! Just checked it out & followed on soundcloud. May have to buy these patches when I can save some $.

  17. taman shud says:

    I have a midi interface but I’m not up to scratch with how to use the microkorg sound editor.
    If I purchased these patches could you send me both the actual patches, for when I learn how to use the sound editor, but also screenshots of the values of the parameters and the number of the original patch which you edited to get the sound.. A.53, A.54 etc

  18. taman shud says:

    are these still for sale?

  19. taman shud says:

    is there a way I could manually edit some of the patches in my microkorg to get the sound of some of the patches on offer here?
    I know you’ve taken screenshots of the settings for each patch, but it doesn’t actually say the patch number of the sound I’ll need to edit in these screenshots, A.53, A.54, etc.
    would much appreciate your help.
    I’d really dig having some of your patches

    • Thor says:

      None of these patches are edits of factory patches. You can edit any patch to get these sounds — but you’ll have to change the values for every single parameter.

      I highly recommend using a MIDI connection to transfer the settings instead of manually programming the settings, as it’ll save you probably hours of work.

  20. Azza says:

    Still available? Considering buying this. Anyone else comment if it’s worth it?

  21. Cris says:

    Hey, I’m just wondering if you’re patches are still available to purchase?!

  22. David says:

    Hey,
    it’s David. I just bought your great patch. Can you send both patch and screenshot please ?

    Thank you et congratulation for that great job

    David

  23. Evgeniy says:

    You should definitely remove that BUY button above the list of tracks and move PayPal button higher because someone like me can accidentally buy MP3s instead of Microkorg patches.

  24. daniel says:

    Thanks man, if i get a microkorg I’ll buy you patches.
    Best,
    Daniel

  25. daniel says:

    Hi there!
    Do these patches work with microkorg xl or microkorg xl+?
    Thanks!
    Best,
    Daniel

    • Thor says:

      nope, sorry. Wish they did. I have an XL as well, and some day will get around to porting them, but there’s such differences between the two synths, especially the effects engines.

  26. Lucas carpenter says:

    Hello!
    I’m interested in purchasing these patches in the next couple of weeks. I saw the date on this was over a year ago so I just wanted to make sure you’re still selling them?

    Thanks a ton,
    -L

  27. Shame on you says:

    It’s just plain wrong to sell these Microkorg patches. I already have alot of these programs that I got for free http://micropony.blogspot.com/2007/12/microkorg-patches.html.

    Shame on you

  28. Sattawat says:

    hey man i really wanna buy these patch from you but first i wanna know how to put .prg files to the microkorg sound editor
    please help me

  29. Bevan Glenn says:

    Hi ! I bought your patches (that sound way cool ! nice job !) but i do not have a midi interface, could you send me patches screenshots with the .prg files (i’ll try to set MIDI later, hard stuff for me !)

    Thanks, Glenn

  30. richard avena says:

    OK. After I get one how does it work exactly? remember I am very, very new to patches, synths etc.!

    • Thor says:

      If you have a MIDI interface hooked up to your computer, you plug your microkorg into it. Download the MicroKORG SoundEditor software from the KORG website, and use that software to transfer the patches to your MicroKORG. You pick a slot on the MicroKORG and overwrite the preset with one of my patches (which you can always undo with the MicroKORG soundeditor software or with a system reset directly on your microkorg).

      I highly recommend getting a MIDI interface if you don’t already have one. Otherwise, the other option is to enter the patches manually into your MicroKORG setting by setting. This takes a lot of time. This is done via the two big dials and the other smaller dials on the MicroKORG. When you’re done you just hit “write” twice and it saves the patch to the current preset on the microkorg.

  31. richard avena says:

    hi. my name is richard and i just bought a microkorg and dont dig all the techno/dance crap on it either! i like your patches though! I am very new to synths and dont really know much about patches or midi. Would it be easy for me to program the patches onto my microkorg from your info? Lemme know!

    Thanks- RWA

    • Thor says:

      It takes time to enter the patches in setting by setting… if you value your time against an hourly wage then it’s probably worthwhile to spend $30 on a cheap USB MIDI interface, because it’ll probably take a few hours to enter all the patches in. And if you ever want to program your own patches, it’s much easier to use the software than the dials on the microkorg.

  32. miro says:

    hey there, great sounds πŸ™‚ i like a few of them, but most of them wouldn’t fit to my needs. do you think it’s possible to purchase only a few of them (about 4 or 5)? this would be so great!

  33. Jonah says:

    Hey, great patches, I just sent payment to you, when should I expect to get them?

    • Thor says:

      Thanks! I just sent them now.

      I usually try to send them within a day or so, but during the summer if I’m traveling out of town it can take a few more days.

  34. JAMIE says:

    I think you may be doing yourself out of money with advice, the Microkorg xl can use MS2K, MS2KB, MICROKORG patches also. Just thought I would let you know that the engines are all compatible (pretty sure they are identical) and i know they all share patches as i recently used the factory microkorh bank in mt XL. all the best

  35. Gary Johnson says:

    Great work, but I own a microKORG XL. There are only 3 patches I can use right now: Hammond B-3 Leslie patch, sax / horn patch and a really good flute patch (ie Tull or can’t you see intro). I know you work on a different system but if you could build these for me I would be interested in a purchase.

  36. Ryan says:

    I got the patches today, thanks that was really fast! So far programed 3 and taking my time to hear how the sound evolves along the way. Thankyou for taking the time to respond, now I have a good better starting point. Peace- Ryan

  37. Ryan says:

    Hey man, patches sound way cool. I just purchased tonight on pay pal and wanted to request the screen shots. How did you learn to create all these great patches? I got my micro a month ago and having lots of fun with it but hard to find info on making own patches not just downloading w/ midi. Any advice? Keep up the sweet sounds. Blessings, Ryan

    • Thor says:

      The MicroKORG is an analog modelling synth, which means that though it’s fully digital it emulates the functionality of an analog synthesizer. So making patches on the MicroKORG follows the same basic principles as pretty much every analog and analog-modelling synth made since the 70s.

      The signal starts with an oscillator. This is just a raw sound signal. On digital synths it is called a DCO (digitally controlled oscillator) and on analog it’s called VCO (voltage controlled oscillator). Typically you choose a waveform that has the type of overtone characteristics of the sound you’re after. For example, a clarinet due to its construction produces mostly odd harmonics — so you would use a square wave as a starting point for a clarinet patch, since square waves have only odd harmonics.

      When you hit a keyboard button this typically does two things. 1. It controls the frequency of the DCO or VCO, thus changing the frequency of the note to match the desired keyboard pitch. 2. It triggers an envelop. Envelopes generally have four parameters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release (ADSR). Attack controls how fast the volume change from silent to full volume occurs. Immediately after reaching the peak volume decay determines how fast it falls to the sustain volume. Sustain determines what volume level to hold the sound at while the key is pressed. Release determines how long it takes for the volume to fall back down to null after the key has been released.

      The signal is also typically routed through a filter. The filter is essentially a very extreme EQ. Different synths have different filters. On the MicroKORG you have four to choose from. The 12db/octave and the 24db/octave are typically the most useful.

      Synths typically also have low frequency oscillators (LFOs). These are also wave signals, but are so slow (low pitches) that they don’t create a sound themselves. They are typically used to modify the DCO/VCO, for example, to add vibrato.

      On old analog patch cord synthesizers you were limited by how many modules you had, but you could patch everything into anything in any way you desired. The MicroKORG has only four patch slots where you have some freedom in assigning a few predefined controls to modify others. This is typically enough to accomplish a sound with nuance.

      Those are the basics… I’d suggest reading up on the basics of analog synthesis as a starting point and then apply these concepts to the MicroKORG. Hitting “shift+3” on your MicroKORG will initialize a patch for you to work from.

  38. Alex says:

    Hey, is it possible to send me the screenshots? I like these patches a lot, and I would like to use my microkorg more often since I don’t really like the patches that are on it. I don’t have a credit card or paypal so I can’t order midi cables.

  39. Larry says:

    So if you send the screenshots is basically what you’re sending me the things to enter im edit select 1 and 2? And will you send both screens and midi?

    • Thor says:

      Yes, from the screenshots you can deduce all the values to input using the edit select knobs. As you can imagine, this takes a bit of extra time to do, and if you value your time at an hourly wage, it’s probably cheaper to get a cheap MIDI interface such as the one I link to at the bottom of the post. And so yes, I’m more than happy to send both the screenshots and the patch program files, as it’s inevitable that some people will give up with doing it manually. πŸ™‚

  40. Filip says:

    Hey man, i love some of these sounds. I’m very interested. But i don’t have a midi-connection, nor am i interested in one. Do you think we could solve this?

    • Thor says:

      Hey Filip, yes — I’d send you screenshots of all the settings and you’d manually enter them into the MicroKORG. Quite a few people have done this. It’s definitely not as easy as MIDI, but is definitely doable.

  41. Lauri says:

    Ok, it can’t be helped..Nice patches anyway!
    And JustAnotherSC sounds great too!!

    Here’s our instrumentalband from Finland πŸ˜‰
    spotify:album:3iXc8nYZAjNWkUSn0o12lf

    Have a nice day!

  42. Lauri says:

    Does these patches work also with Micro Korg XL?

    • Thor says:

      No, unfortunately MicroKORG patches do not work with the MicroKORG XL due to the fact that they use a different synthesis engine.

      In theory these patches should all work with the KORG MS-2000 and MS-2000R, since that shares the same synthesis engine as the original MicroKORG.

  43. Danny says:

    Hey dude, 1. you’re awesome and 2. I just bought it via PayPal and I just need the screenshots. I’m sure it’s already contacted you, just wanted to make sure. Thanks!

  44. Thor says:

    Hi Danny — I think I’ll try taking screenshots of the settings in the sound editor software when I next have a chance if that’ll do.

    Regardless, I highly recommend investing in a USB-MIDI connector… I think I got mine for $20 and that was a good five years ago. The ability to transfer and back-up patches on your computer is priceless, even if you don’t want to involve your computer in music making (software synths, max/msp, daws, etc.)

  45. Danny says:

    I would for sure buy this if you had an actual list of the settings. I don’t have a MIDI cable to plug it into my interface and don’t wanna go through the whole install thing haha.

  46. pablo says:

    wow! sounds amazing… would it be possible listening to the patches individually?

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