I’ve created this document to help people install my microKORG bank onto their synth, but it should be helpful to anyone.

There are two primary methods of getting patches into your microKORG. The quickest is if you have a MIDI interface/cable, you use KORG’s microKORG Sound Editor (or any SysEx-capable software) to transfer, manage, and backup your patches. The other way is to manually input the patches using the dials and knobs on the synth.

Download The microKORG Sound Editor Software From KORG’s Website

Visit the link corresponding to your synth and download either the “Win” or “Mac” version of the software:

For the MicroKORG:
https://www.korg.com/us/support/download/product/0/104/

For the MicroKORG S:
https://www.korg.com/us/support/download/product/0/716/

Opening The Patches

Windows microKORG Sound Editor

On a Windows machine, once you’ve installed the microKORG Sound Editor it will create a folder in your “Documents” or “My Documents” folder called “KORG.” Under that will be two folders, one called “My Library” and another folder called “My Setup.” Each of those folders will have a sub-folder called “microKORG” in it. Place any any .PRG files you have into the “My Library/microKORG” folder, and place any .SET files that you have in
“My Setup/microKORG” folder.

Here’s a video where I walk through installing the microKORG Sound Editor for Windows and show where to place the files so that they are accessible from within the microKORG Sound Editor software:

On Mac, all you need to do is open the bank file.

SysEx Alternatives

There’s free software for Mac called SysEx Librarian that will allow you to transfer the patches one by one if you have them in .MID format.

On Windows you can do the same with MIDI OX.

Not Working?

I’ve thrown together a troubleshooting guide:
https://www.thoracius.com/microkorg-patches/troubleshooting-guide/