MicroKORG Sound Editor Troubleshooting Guide

KORG’s MicroKORG Sound Editor is free software for transferring presets (patches) back and forth between your computer and your MicroKORG via MIDI, as well as for editing those patches. The software is clunky, and not at all self-explanatory.

A few people who have bought my original patches for the MicroKORG have run into trouble loading them into their synth. From my experience, these are a few of the common problems people run into. Hopefully this information will be helpful to others as well.

So if you’re stuck, here are some things to check.

Backup Your Current MicroKORG Preset Bank

Once you have the MicroKORG Sound Editor working, I recommend that you start by transferring your entire current MicroKORG presets bank to your computer so that you can always recover anything you overwrite on the synth itself. On the Windows MicroKORG Sound Editor you simply drag the microKORG icon from the “My Device” folder into the “My Setup Folder” and rename it to something memorable.

MicroKORG Settings

In order the make sure your MicroKORG is configured to talk to your computer you need to make sure you have the following settings enabled on your MicroKORG.

Enable System Exclusive MIDI messages

  1. Hold down shift and press 4. LCD display should now read “FLt
  2. Turn dial 4/”eg release” all the way left and then all the way right. LCD display should now read “E-E
  3. Press 4.

Turn Off Write Protection

  1. Hold down Shift and press 8. LCD display should read “Ășt.P
  2. Turn knob 1/”cutoff” all the way right and then all the way left. LCD display should now read “oFF
  3. Press 8.

Set MIDI Clock to External Sync

Note: After you’re done syncing with the MicroKORG Sound Editor you’ll want to remember to set the MIDI Clock back to either Internal or Auto so that the internal arpeggiator will work without an external timing source.

  1. Turn the “Edit Select 2” dial to MIDI
  2. Turn dial 3/”Eg attack” all the way left and then all the way right. LCD display should read “Ext
  3. Press WRITE twice.

Basic Troubleshooting

  • Make sure you have the MicroKORG connected to your computer via MIDI. Typically the “out” on your MIDI interface should connect to “in” on the MicroKORG and visa versa. If that isn’t working, try swapping them. Nothing should be plugged into “thru”.
  • Do you have the audio output of your MicroKORG plugged into an amp or headphones? Is the volume turned up?

Download the Latest Version of the MicroKORG Sound Editor for MicroKORG-S Compatibility

KORG still has the old v1.0 of the software online, but make sure to grab the latest version (2.0), which adds compatibility with the new MicroKORG-S:

Windows – http://www.korg.com/us/support/download/software/0/104/3500/
Mac OSX – http://www.korg.com/us/support/download/software/0/104/3501/

How to use and transfer patches in .PRG, .SYSEX, .MID, and MicroKORG Sound Editor formats to your MicroKORG

The Windows and Mac OSX versions of the MicroKORG Sound Editor behave differently and the formats they save are not compatible with one another.

Windows

Here’s a great video walkthrough.

The Windows MicroKORG Sound Editor saves patches in a .PRG file format. These should be placed in your My Documents\KORG\My Library\microKORG folder. This folder should appear on your computer after the first time you run the MicroKORG Sound Editor. The files should show up within the MicroKORG Sound Editor, and all you need to do is double-click on one to load it up, and then use the “Write” function on either the open window or on the MicroKORG itself to save the patch to the desired memory slot.

Alternative Option: MIDI OX

If you are having trouble getting the MicroKORG Sound Editor to work, or have patches in a .MID format, try using a software called MIDI OX to send the patches.

MIDI OX: http://www.midiox.com/

This installs two programs. For simplicity sake just use the program called “MIDI Bar”

  1. Click on the second icon (a circle with dots in it) and select the MIDI interface your MicroKORG is connected to.
  2. Click on the folder icon and select a MicroKORG patch in .MID format.
  3. Click on the “>” icon (play).

Mac OSX

The Mac OSX version of the MicroKORG Sound Editor saves entire banks in its own file format that doesn’t have any extension. Here’s a good overview video: https://youtu.be/4VL08wpLcvw

Another option for transfering individual patches from your computer to your MicroKORG on a Mac is via SysEx, via 3rd-party software. I recommend the free SysEx Librarian. If the patches have a .PRG extension, you’ll need to rename them to .MID. If they’re already .MID then you’re good to go.

SysEx Librarian: https://www.snoize.com/SysExLibrarian/

Compatible MIDI Interfaces

Check the website for the manufacturer of your MIDI device and see if there are newer drivers available. Nonetheless, some people have complained that some cheap MIDI interfaces don’t work. Feel free to leave a comment to let people know which interfaces have worked or not for you, and I’ll add it to this list.

Reported Not Working

  • Miditech 2×2

Reported Working Successfully

  • Steinberg UR22

Still Not Working?

If you’re still having trouble, leave a comment with your problem and I’ll see if I can help figure it out.

15 thoughts on “MicroKORG Sound Editor Troubleshooting Guide

  1. mdog says:

    I’m able to get the patches to load via MIDI-OX on my Windows machine, I’m transferring a .syx file. Once I turn off MIDI-OX the keyboard no longer plays the sounds. Do I have to manually save them once they are loaded to my MicroKORG?

  2. laffont says:

    Hello Thoracius
    I can’t find how to load the patch on the microkorg.
    I tried everything you’ve written on the FAQ, several times, and the microkorg editor still writting “midi error : communication error” when i try to send the patch with the transmit midi option on the korg editor, and also when i try to do it manually for each sound of the patch. I also tried wit sysex but same problem… Do you have any idea of how i can do? Thank you so much for your help.

  3. Mike Gordon says:

    Hi

    I just found and resolved a problem with imported prg files not changing the parameters in the Korg Sound Editor and imported set files not effecting the microkorg even though it looks like everything is transferring normally.

    Sounds I had created and saved transferred back fine; just not imported ones like your presets which my partner recently bought.
    I couldn’t find a solution after multiple searches but finally tried setting the microkorg to LOCAL : off
    I hadn’t wanted to do that because it defeats the purpose of browsing through sounds.

    But it worked and I was able to load your set!

    Just thought I’d post here in case anyone else had run into the same problem.

    Fantastic sounds. Thanks so much for the effort put into this.
    Just in time for the second season of Stranger Things!

    Cheers!
    Mike

  4. Amanda says:

    I don’t know if this is something you’ve run across before but I thought I’d ask. I did everything listed and successfully loaded the patches but for some reason my cutoff button has stopped working completely and I cannot change any of my settings now. Have you ever seen this happen?

  5. Tyler says:

    Sorry if this is a dumb question- I loaded in all the patches via SysEx Librarian- now that I have transferred them via the PLAY option on the program- how do I access them on the Korg? how can I go between them all? any advice would be appreciated – will they be saved?

    Thanks!

  6. blair says:

    hey i just bought your patches but unfortunatley i cannot get them as ive tried the microkorg editor software and midi ox and both cannot read my microkorg. i am using a usb to midi output and have set to e-e and disabled write mode. also tried swithing ports, restarting and volume is up and no headphones or amps plugged in. im thinking maybe its my usb to midi conector but idk, its one i got for 20$ at a music store and it doesint have a brand name just says usb midi. any ideas? thanks!

  7. Andrew Turner says:

    Thoracius was a big help in getting his patches on my MicroKORG. It can be difficult because of the MicroKORG sound editor, but Thoracius has done as much as he can to make the process work. PLUS HIS SOUNDS ARE AWESOME! Shift 8 and Shift 4 are critical in getting the KORG to transfer, as well as turn the knob to set the MIDI clock, although when I turn the knb left and far right, it reads 127 not EXT.
    THANKS THORACIUS FOR HELPING ME! GREAT WORK!

  8. sebastian says:

    checked all the midi settings. switched from the sound editor to midi ox–which wouldn’t even load because the latest version is only for like windows xp. usb-midi cables wouldn’t work either. not really in the position financially to buy a midi interface either, as it seems none of the hubs have drivers newer than windows xp or vista.

    if you have a txt file with the patches transcribed (like todd smith does), i could work with that. if not, i guess i’m giving up.

  9. Andrew Turner says:

    I bought the patches and have had a lot of trouble with the editor (MAC). I was able to use your troubleshooting to receive all the synths I currently have on my MicroKorg. My trouble is getting the patches I downloaded into the Sound Editor to transmit them. I haven’t been able to find a video or article online yet about how to get the .MID files imported into the editor. It seems like from the videos I have seen from Windows users that they just drag the files nicely into it, but it won’t let me do that on my MAC. Thoughts?

  10. Toby Baker says:

    Just can’t get it to work. Macpro tower, 0sx 10.7, emagic mt4 midi interface.
    Just says microkorg not responding.
    Someone help……

    • Thoracius says:

      Have you selected the correct MIDI ports in the settings? Are you sure you’re using IN and OUT and not THRU? Have you tried swapping in IN and OUT cables?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *