Original patches for MicroKORG XL

Currently totals 87 original patches for the MicroKORG XL.  Tons of vintage, retro, lo-fi synths. Classic ’80s poly synths.  Listen to the video above for a demonstration of each individual patch.

Patch bank for the MicroKORG XL

For this bank I recreated some of my best patches for the original MicroKORG, while improving many to take advantage of the more powerful synthesis engine of the XL, as well as creating many new ones as well.

I’m taking requests so that I can fill up the blank slots in the library with the sounds you guys want.  Some of the sounds I’ve recreated by request so far include Mac Demarco, Tame Impala, Stranger Things, Gary Numan, and The Doors.

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FAQ

How do I install these on my MicroKORG XL?

Install the drivers and software from the KORG website and connect your MicroKORG XL to your computer via USB.

Are these compatible with the original MicroKORG?

No, my patches for the original MicroKORG are here.

Are these compatible with the MicroKORG XL+?

Yes, for the most part.  The only difference between the XL and the XL+ is that a few of the digital waveforms are different.  The vast majority of my patches don’t use digital waveforms.

Patch List

WORNPOLY: worn out, tune instable polysynth
MINIBOOG: Minimoog-style bass
MARTENOT: Ondes Martenot-style early synthesizer lead
JPTR ARP: 80s, Giorgio Moroder-, Neverending Story-, Jupiter-style arp
LETITSWL: swelling lo-fi poly synth wash in the style of Tame Impala-Let It Be
SLFOSCNZ: Self-oscillating resonant noise as popularized by Isao Tomita
SPACEWND: Space wind sfx
C O REFL: lo-fi bright 80s polysynth inspired by Mac Demarco’s “Chamber of Reflection”
DIGIBASS: 80’s digital bass, FM synthesis DX7-style
THORIOLI: inspired by 60s proto-synthesizer the Clavioline, very versatile saw wave lead, kraut rock
NANGBANG: pulsating lo-fi polysynth inspired by Tame Impala’s “Nangs”
80SCHOIR: 80s-style synth choir
FARFISA: modeled after a Farfisa Mini Compact, made famous by 60s garage rock, the B52s, Blondie
FREAKYZ: new wave-sounding, weird
LSTYRSBS: wide, unison, chorus bass
THEREMIN: expressive theremin patch, use mod wheel to increase volume and vibrato
LOFIPULS: pulsating lo-fi poly synth
PHSSTRMH: phased string machine, vaguely like an eminent through a small stone ALA Jean-Michel Jarre
MDEMARCO: smokey lo-fi, mangled cassette tape, VHS, organ ALA Mac Demarco
ANADRUMS: analog drums: kick, snare, toms
SQRSIZZL: bright, sizzly square wave poly synth
YUKIBASS: 80s bass
FMUFOPAD: FM-style digital glass pad, UFO
LOFI PNO: lo-fi, cassette tape walkman piano, intimate
FM MRMBA: DX7-style digital FM marimba
BLSTBRSS: 80s blast brass poly synth
CHORBASS: chorus, wide, bass
RTROWVLD: retrowave lead
POPCORN:classic square wave, very quick transient sound ala Hot Butter
SPRNTRL: supernatural pad
PERCORGN: lo-fi organ with a percussive attack
DAFTTALK: vocal/vocoder/talkbox-sounding lead ALA Daft Punk
NOIZSYNC: rich, fuzzy pad
NEWAGEEP: warm, new age e-piano
NOISEHH: classic synthesizer hi-hat
OH KEYS: 80s digital, DX7-style, vocal piano
LOFICHSQ: lo-fi, chorus, square wave poly synth
SHRDBASS: shred bass, mellow distorted bass with no attack
CONNLEAD: bright retro poly synth lead
WOW WASH: swelling frequency sweep pad
LOFIFMEP: lo-fi, FM, DX7-style e-piano, vhs fulltines
DULCI: hammered dulcimer, zither, acoustic, new age, boxy-sounding, koto
JUNOBARO: Juno-style poly synth with bright, resonant attack, 80s baroque synthesizer harpsichord
80S BASS: Classic 80s bass with short transient attack
ADNTARP: Fantasy/adventure arp
TRANSORG: 60s transistor organ
SCIFIGOO: sci-fi goo sfx, soundtrack, horror, drone
BELLYBTN: old static-y polysynth with decades of dust in the pots
PRCNT13: bass inspired by John Carpenter’s Precinct 13
VC3SLEAD: early synthesizer lead, inspired by EMS VC3s and BBC Radiophonic Workshop
BUCHLARP: early synthesizer arp, inspired by Buchla
PWMPAD: warm, pulse-width modulation pad
MOFGREEN: warm, synthesizer e-piano, with hints of Vangelis
POPS: toy keyboard pop sound, inspired by casio
NEWAVESQ: new wave square wave poly synth
ITALOBSS: italo disco bass
VOXHUMAN: modeled after Polymoog Vox Humana, as used by Gary Numan on Cars, Airlane, …
M80N ARP: 80s arp
THEDOORS: Vox Continental-style organ ALA Light My Fire
DRGD CHR: drugged choir
BADCOP: Another 80s polysynth, warm
MERMAID: similar to a theremin
PHASRSTR: phaser strings
TOYFNTSY: toy keyboard fantasy preset, inspired by Yamaha PSR
DRFTBRSS: drift brass, mangled brass sound
STEAMPAD: steam pad, inspired by Ensoniq SQ-80
SYNCSZL: poly synth with bright sizzle
HRMONIUM: synthesizer harmonium, accordion
SPRSTITN: clavichord, modeled after Stevie Wonder’s Superstition
XMODDEST: strange sound utilizing cross modulation
CHEESHRN: 80s analog poly synth horn/brass
BIGBOTTM: bass with big low end
TROMBONE: analog french horn, synthesizer trombone
DRTYWRLY: dirty, vibrato, lo-fi Wurlitzer-influenced patch
MDLRGONG: early synthesizer analog modular gong sound
MELLOPOP: soft, mellow, pop
NEWAVEBL: new wave analog poly synth bell
NOIZPAD: harmonically interesting pad
VLCTYPOL: another 80s analog poly synth, velocity sensitive
STACKSAW: lo-fi, stacked, detuned saw tooths
HARPSI: acoustic harpsichord
STRKIDS: emulated after Kids from the Stranger Things OST, sounds like a Roland Juno
STRGRTHN: emulated after the theme song from Stranger Things, sounds like a Minimoog bass
XSAWARP: early 80s saw wave arp
SLOW STR: string section with slow attack
FM BELL: DX7-like 80s FM synthesis bell sound, with choir-like overtones