More Classic Synth Sounds For Korg Kronos

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Korg Kronos Volume #10 – Vintage Synths 2 is Kid Nepro’s reply to all our fans who have requested “More Vintage Synth Sounds”. The Patch King has opened his sample vault to reveil only the finest analog synth sounds.

Vintage Synths 2 contains 373 Megs of new multi samples with a wide assortment of classic analog basses, leads, pads, strings and killer synths that have that vintage analog sound that many musicians pay big bucks for – now at a fraction of the cost – Only $69. or get All Ten Kronos sound libraries for $369. USD.

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Kid Nepro Akai CD-ROMs Now Available As Downloads

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Kid Nepro has just made all our Akai Sample CD-ROMs available for download. That includes the S1000 Series and MPC2000 Series CD’s.

Disks are now available as .iso files. Just download, burn your own CD and your ready to roll! No more waiting for those CD’s to arrive in the mail.

We have also slashed the price on all downloadable CD’s. Now only $40. for each disk image.

If you would like to order the disk images online at our web site, just go through the regular order process by ordering the CD, but include in the “comments” section of our order form that you would like the “Disk Image for $40.” Also, Pick the free email delivery. We will bill you for $40. (not $75.) and set up your download info. You can also place your order by phone at: 718-732-0553.

Save even more if you purchase more then one. Email Us and let us know how many disks your looking to pick up and we will send you a price quote.

Disks now available as downloads include:

Akai S1000 Elite Series – Elite 1 Mixed Bag

Akai S1000 Elite Series – Elite 2 Vintage Synths

Akai S1000 Elite Series – Elite 3 Killer Keyboards

Akai S1000 Series – Midi Mix

Akai MPC2000 Series – Millennium-1 – Drum & Bass

Akai MPC2000 Series – Millennium-2 – Sound FX, Synth & Keys

Akai MPC2000 Series – Millennium-3 – Drum Loops, Guitars, Classic Synths

Kid Nepro Sample Floppy Libraries Now Available As Downloads

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Kid Nepro is one of few sounds companies still supporting vintage samplers that use the old floppy disks. While we still offer the floppies for sale and delivery by snail mail, we have now made available most of our vintage sampler floppy disks as .img (image) files that can be downloaded. That means no more waiting for those old floppies to arrive in the mail. We have also slashed the price in half on all downloadable floppies images. Now only $5. for each disk image, as well as big savings on bulk orders. Email Us and let us know how many disks your looking to pick up. We will send you a price quote.

The not so good news is that you need a PC computer with an “internal floppy drive” in order to create your own floppy disks with the image files that you download. We include a free app with your order that lets you create the floppy disks. The app is for PC’s only. You can not do this with an external floppy drive. It will work with internal floppy drives only.

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If you have the right hardware set up, then pick up a bunch of floppy’s and your ready to roll. Remember to choose the correct floppy type for your sampler. Many of the old samplers use the “High Density” 1.44 MB disks. They are getting harder to find these days, there are still many places were you can get them. A quick google search will turn up several. However, a few old samplers will only read “Double Density” 720k disks. We have listed them below. Those can be pretty hard to find any more, but you can still get some if you look around.

If you need any more info, just Email Us or give a call and we will be happy to help. Here is a list of what is available. Just click each link to bring you to the floppy disk lists.

The price of the floppy’s are $10. each at the links below, when sent through snail mail, but only $5. each when downloaded as image files. Contact us with the image numbers of the files you would like and we will send you a price quote. Killer deals on bulk orders. The more you buy, the more you save!

Here’s what’s available as download:

Akai S1000 Library. This is compatible with most S-Series samplers. Click on the link for more info. Requires High Density floppy disks.

Akai S900/950 Library. Requires Double Density floppy disks.

Akai Original MPC60 & MPC60-MK2 Library. Requires Double Density floppy disks.

Akai MPC2000 Series Library. Includes the MPC2000 & MPC2000-XL Library. Requires High Density floppy disks.

EMU Emax Library. Includes all Emax Series samplers. Requires Double Density floppy disks.

Ensoniq EPS16 Library. Includes all EPS and ASR samplers. Requires Double Density floppy disks.

Sequential Prophet 2000 Library. Includes the Prophet 2000, Prophet 2002 and Studio 440 samplers. Requires Double Density floppy disks.

New Sound Library For Korg Kronos – EXi Super Synths

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Korg Kronos Volume #9 – EXi Super Synths combines four Kronos synth engines to create an amazing mix of classic and modern synth sounds. 64 Programs – 32 Combis – Only $39. USD.

Korg really raised the bar when they included nine different sound engines under the hood of Kronos. One of the coolest features available in Kronos is being able to combine two different engines (in program mode) and as many as all nine if you want to take things to the max in combi mode.

After focusing on programming sounds for the individual engines in our fist eight Kronos sound libraries, we thought the time was right to put together a collection of sounds that combines several of the engines. Since we wanted it to be a EXi “Synth” library, we picked the synth engines which were best at recreating that style – Mod-7, Al-1, MS-20 & Poly 6.

All programs have two OSC’s and two engines included in each patch. Combis include all four engines together as well as drums and percussion from the HD-1 engine in the drum track and KARMA modules. The results are a truly unique set of “Super Synth” sounds that bring together the best of what is possible in each of the Kronos sound engines.

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33 New Disks For the SP1200

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New sounds for a vintage beat box. The worlds biggest sound library for the classic EMU SP1200 just got even bigger. Kid Nepro has just released 33 new sample disks to increase the library to a humongous 150 disks.

The new sound disks include a wide range of new dub step, hip hop, rock, reggae, 8 bit, R&B and electronic drum kits, as well as new kicks and snares, percussion and “circuit bend madness”, which contains a mix of sound effects and unusual drums and percussion. There is also a new mix of guitars, basses and synth sounds in each kit to add some spice to your drum tracks.

Disks are $10. USD each. Buy 10 and get one FREE!

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Out Now! Analog Sensation For Korg Kronos

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Korg Kronos Analog Sensation

 Just Released! V8 Analog Sensation – New Sounds For The Kronos AL-1 Sound Engine

64 Programs - 32 Combis

Korg Kronos Volume #8 – Analog Sensation contains the finest in virtual analog synthesis for Kronos AL-1. Only $39. USD.

Analog Sensation includes a sonically rich and varied palette of diverse sounds that will make your tracks rock. Programs feature new basses, leads, pads, strings and a wide mix of new synth & rhythmic sounds using the powerful Kronos step sequencer. All programmed for easy tweaking, just the way you would on a vintage analog synth.

Combi Mixes include a wide variety of styles that you can jam along with or use to spice up your rhythm tracks. Everything from Rock & Hip Hop to Dance & Funk styles that will get your head nodding and ready to jam! Analogue influenced arps, crunchy drum patterns, atmospheric keys and evolving pads all come together to give you that warm “analog sensation” that AL-1 is known for. Just load it in and get rocking!

 

 

 

How Our Sound Libraries Are Setup In the Korg Kronos Memory

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Now that Korg has given us the ability to save our new samples as “user banks”, it is now possible to use several sound libraries at the same time. It’s worth taking an hour or so to set up everything, since after it’s done then all you have to do is turn on your Kronos and everything will be loaded and ready to go. After your done, you can just do a “save all” and save all your the PCG data in memory. Then if you have a disk crash, system error or if you want to load in something else, getting everything back will be easy.

Listed below is an overall view of exactly how we have things set to load for each of our PCG Kronos Sound Libraries. Note that this is just how you set up the PCG files. For more info on how to deal with the KSC sample files, visit this link.

NOTE: Getting several of our Kronos sound libraries into memory at the same time requires moving some PCG files around.

V2 & V7 Both use Program USER GG

V4 & V8 Both Use Program USER CC

V9 & V10 Both Use Program USER AA & Combi USER A

V1 & V7 Both use Combi USER G

V3, V4 & V7 Both use Combi USER C

Since two sound libraries can not occupy the same bank at the same time, you have to move one of them to another bank in order to be able to access all seven sound libraries at the same time. To do that, follow the instructions AT THIS LINK:

Don’t forget to check your combis after you have moved things to see if they are referencing the correct programs. If they sound weird, then they are probably not set up correct.

V1 Vintage Synths - Programs – USER G - Combis – USER G

V2 Soundtrack Mix - Programs – USER GG - Combis – INT G

V3 Hit Factory - Programs, Drum Kits – USER EE - Combis – USER C

V4 Sonix Bliss - Programs – USER CC - Combis – USER C

V5 Dark Energy - Programs – USER BB - Combis – USER B

V6 Electric Guitars - Programs – USER FF - Combis – USER A - Guitar Loops – User Drum Patterns 000-015

V7 Wave Machine - Programs, Drum Kits & Wave Sequences – USER GG - Combis – USER G

V8 Analog Sensation - Programs – USER CC - Combis – USER C

V9 EXi Super Synths - Programs – USER AA - Combis – USER A

V10 Vintage Synths 2 - Programs – USER AA - Combis – USER A

How To Convert WAV File Sample Loops To Korg Kronos User Drum Patterns

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Lot’s of Kronos users have been asking me how we added the guitar loops to our Kronos Electric Guitar sound library. Here’s how…

Load your wav file loop into the Korg Kronos workstation via the disk load. Remember that wav files must be 16 bit. Go to “sampling” and choose the next available Multi Sample slot.

Choose Rename MS and give it a new name. Lets name it “Drum Loop 1″.

Choose page 2: “loop edit”
Go to top right and choose the arrow and scroll to “time slice” and choose it.
That will get you to the “set sample tempo” page:
Beat = how many 1/4 note beats in the loop (1 bar = 4 beats – 2 bars = 8 beats etc.)
Source BPM = must match the tempo of the loop. If you know how many 1/4 note beats are in the loop just set it to the correct amount and the BPM will automatically fill in the correct tempo.

Choose “ok”. That will bring you to the time slice page.

Note the “sensitivity” parameter is set to 25. For most loops it’s OK to leave it at 25. However some loops require you to lower the sensitivity. If you find that your loop has a “gap” in it (Usually one measure) then you need to lower the sensitivity parameter. Usually lowering it to about 10 should work, however we have used loops where it had to be lowered to as low as 3 to get it to work right. Experiment to find the correct setting for your loop. Remember that the higher you set the sensitivity, the more slices your loop will have and the more you will be able to change the tempo of the loop without affecting the pitch.

Choose “save”. That brings up the “save samples & ms” page.

The top section should be the same: Beat & BPM that you already set at the “set sample tempo” page. Do not use the time stretch function or change anything over there. The “save with” parameters must be set as follows: Check program and choose the program slot where you want to save the time sliced loop data. You must also save the program and set it’s category to “drums”. Then it will be visable to the drum track parameters. You can do that later.
Check “seq event” and “pattern” Below you can keep the song, pattern and meter the same unless you already have something else stored in the song or user pattern memory. The meter should stay at 4/4 unless your loop happens to be in another time signature.?Leave the RPPR settings as is: C#2 – Track 1
Choose “save”. That brings you back to the time slice sample page. Choose “exit”

Note that your next available multi sample slot will be filled in with the time slice data. Before moving ahead you should also rename your multi sample. Name it: Drum Loop 1 Time Slice.

Go to “sequencer mode” – Page 10 “Pattern/RPPR”. Hit the start/stop button and if everything has been set correctly you should hear your loop playing. If the loop plays and there is a gap then you have to go back and lower the sensitivity parameter as stated above.

If the loop plays smoothly then first give your drum pattern a name and then choose the arrow in the top right corner of the page and choose “convert to drum track pattern”. Pick where you want the pattern to live and choose “note only”. Leave “all patterns available” blank.

If you have done everything correctly, your sample loop has been converted to a drum pattern and the extra bonus from time slicing the loop means that you can now change the tempo of the loop without affecting the pitch. Note that some loops do this better then others. Large changes in tempo usually affect the sound of the loop.

To get the new user drum pattern into the program or combi that your working with just choose the program that you assigned the time slice data to and the user drum pattern that you assigned the loop to.

After your done, don’t forget to “save sampling data” as a KSC file and also save your new programs/combis as a PCG file. Check out our “working with samples” tutorial for more info.

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Some Talk Talk About The Synth Sounds On It’s My Life

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Someone over at the Korg Kronos forum was looking for the synth sounds used on this tune, so I went on over to YouTube to have a listen and it brought me right back to early 80′s and the sound of Long Islands WLIR. Synth pop heaven. Great song, great track!

I googled around to see if I could find out what instruments where used and could not find much, but I did run across a web page that mentioned that Talk Talk had a pair of Roland Jupiter 8′s and used them on the “It’s My Life” album. Also, while searching around YouTube I found a cool live video that has the keyboard player using several Roland Synths, including a JP8. The JP8 was very popular at the time and lot’s of guys had them in their rig.

In the original track there are three sounds used in the song. So I’ve created three new programs for Kronos. They are set up to load into USER-G program bank.

1- Synth “Lead” for verses

2- Mello Pad for verses

3- Bright Synth for end of verses and chorus

Since parts 1 & 2 play together at times I’ve created a split combi which includes both programs. I’ve also created a second combi to use during the part 3 end of verse and chorus. It’s essentially the same as the program, only set up in combi mode. This way you can easily switch from one combi to the next when going from verse to chorus and back. The combis load into the USER-D bank.

There is a bridge in the song that has what sounds like a Soprano Sax sound on it, but I did not program anything for that. Hopefully you have a sax player to do that part, or you can just improvise something with a lead sound on Kronos. The live versions feature the percussion instead.

Parts one and two were created using the Kronos HD-1 ROM samples. They are close to the original, but I added a couple of things to help them cut through the mix. I could not find anything in the HD-1 engine that would sound as awesome as that bright synth sound on the chorus, so I sampled my old Roland MKS80 – which is a close cousin to the JP8. Nothing like the real thing! I already had a patch that I had programmed with this tune in mind and with a bit of tweaking I think I got it pretty close to the original. After importing into Kronos, I just added some reverb and a chorus on SW1 along with a couple of other effects to the Kronos controls.

Also included is a .KSC file that includes the new samples and an additional folder that has the raw wav samples, so you can set them up in another hardware or software sampler if you like.

I did not bother to do any KARMA programming since the sounds are meant to be used while playing a live gig. I’d be interested in how the sounds hold up during a live performance. It’s cool to see a couple of Talk Talk’s live performance of this tune, where you have two keyboard players doing all the synth parts in addition to using a Yamaha Electric Grand and Organ. The E-Grand and Organ sounds certainly add a lot to the band on a live gig, so I’m wondering how these sounds hold up compared to using the organ and piano sounds. The best approach seems to be how they set things up live at the Montreux gig, with two keyboard players. One doing the piano and organ and the other doing the synth stuff.

Anyway, it was lot’s of fun putting everything together. Hope you can use them on your next gig!

Download folder contains the following files:

1- IML folder – contains Kronos KSF files for Chorus

2- IML Chorus Wav Files – If you want to set them up with another hardware or software sampler

3- IML_UserBank.KSC – To stream the samples from disk

4- IML.KSC – If you want to load into the chorus samples into your sample RAM

5- IML.PCG – Contains 3 programs and 2 combis. Programs load into USER-G bank. Combis load into USER-D bank.

Out Now! Korg Kronos V7 – Wave Machine

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New Sounds For The Kronos HD-1 Sound Engine

64 Programs - 32 Combis - 32 Wave Sequences - Drum Kits - 230 MB New Samples

Korg Kronos Volume #7 – Wave Machine is an amazing collection of programs & combis that transform Kronos into a superior cinematic synth instrument. Only $69. USD.

Wave Machine recreates the classic sound of the Korg Wavestation, while adding all the modern features found in Kronos to create a powerful new set of sounds. Kid Nepro has designed 32 new Wave Sequences containing lot’s of funky rhythmic loops and spacy evolving pads, that will no doubt spark some new ideas on your next project. All your favorite Wavestation sounds with a brand new 21st century update.

While programming Wave Machine, Kid Nepro teamed up with veteran sound design and sound effect mastermind John McShane to record a monumental collection of pads, synth sounds and sound effects. Also included are four new drum kits with hundreds of new drum & percussion samples. From this material, we spent numerous hours carefully manipulating and morphing the sounds to forge a sound library that will no doubt be your Kronos secret weapon.

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