2016 UPDATE: I just added over 70 new original patches, bringing the total to over 100.
Hit play on the video here to the left to hear a demo of all the custom MicroKORG patches. (In the YouTube description there’s a clickable index of the patches, 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 for musicians working outside of EDM. They’ve also aged quite a bit over the past decade and a half — so here I present you with some new, fresh, original MicroKORG patches.
Classic Vintage/Retro Sounds
In this pack of original patches, I’ve emulated famous vintage analog synths (Minimoog, Polymoog, Moog Modular, Juno, Jupiter, Buchla, EMS Synthi, CS-80), retro digital synths (DX7, D50, SQ80, Casiotone & Portasound), vintage keyboards (Mellotron choirs, Farfisa organ, Clavioline, Wurlitzer electric piano, analog piano, Eminent string machine, Hammond organs, Clavinet, Harpsichord), as well as some acoustic sounds (toy piano, marimba, church bell, male baritone voice).
For some of these 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, The Doors, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelinn, Mac Demarco, Wendy Carlos, Gary Numan; and styles ranging from electronic avant garde, kraut rock, new wave, horror/soundtrack, electro pop, space disco, garage rock, psychedelic pop, dream pop, ambient, new age, and various kinds of pop. There are leads of every kind, ambient pads, phat basses, electro drums, horns, arpeggios and sequences — all sorts of sounds.
It’s a Pretty Good Deal
The pack contains roughly 120, hand-crafted patches, and costs only $15 – or roughly the price of eating out for one night. Think about it this way: 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 I want to make this pack as appealing as possible.
This demo was created five years ago when the pack contained far fewer patches. No external effects or processing has been used. I’ll try to record some demo songs with new patches as soon as I get a chance.
Are you still selling these?
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.
How do I load these patches onto my MicroKORG?
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. If you run into any trouble, check out my troubleshooting guide.
I don’t have a MIDI interface. Is there any other way to load the patches onto my MicroKORG?
The amount of time you’ll save is worth the $7 it costs to buy an inexpensive USB MIDI interface such as this one on NewEgg.com. But if you’re hellbent on mindnumbing repetitive labor, 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 can start on those.
Will these patches also work on the MicroKORG-S, MS2000 or the MicroKORG XL?
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.
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?
Yeah, no problem, just email me.
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