Winter NAMM 2008

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The Winter NAMM 2008 show opened today out in California and it looks like it’s the usual onslaught of new goodies for all us music gear junkies. Hundreds of new hardware and software products all bidding to be the one that stands out above the rest and becomes that “hot new product”.

The new Akai MPC5000 looks pretty sweet with that analog synth built in. Over 300 Virtual Analog synth presets included in the presets. Over 40 all new effects and Expandable up to 192MB RAM. This is not your fathers MPC! The popular MPC series has sure come a long way since Akai released the original MPC60 bank in the early 90’s.

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Roland always does winter NAMM in a big way and this year is no different with the release of over 40 new products! The new Fantom ” G-Series” keyboard workstation must be getting a lot of hands on it right about now. Three models are available – 61 and 76 note models and an 88 note model with Roland’s weighted PHA II “Ivory Feel” keyboard. Advanced sound engine, bigger sequencer, more effects and a graphic user interface with extra-large 8.5” wide colour LCD and mouse connectivity. Looks like this this one could be a big seller for people looking to update their old Fantom’s or for someone jumping into the workstation market for the first time.

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For the DJ that has everything Numark announced the TTi turntable which will record directly to your iPOD. This new turntable includes a Universal Dock for iPod, USB audio interface, a metal platter and pitch control, making it, say Numark, one of the most versatile turntables ever produced. If I were a DJ, I would be giving this one a good look. It’s pricy for a turntable at: $449. US, but it looks like it will do everything except make you a pot of expressio to keep you going when your up all night D’Jaying at the club!

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Sonic State usually does a great job covering the NAMM show with lot’s of cool video. You can find everything at; www.sonicstate.com

Korg Kaossilator and the funny world of You Tube

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As you probably know by now, all of us here at Kid Nepro are big fans of Korg’s musical instruments. We have been supporting their products since we first purchased their Poly 800 synthesizer back in 1985. 

A lot has happened since then in the world of electronic instruments and the products that they are releasing today are truly amazing. Of course everyone is talking about the new M3 and their flagship Oasys keyboards which are on the high end scale of things. However, the products that they are selling on the low end are just as innovative. One that I’ve recently discovered is the “Kaossilator”. An incredible little device that sells for under $200. It has lot’s of cool synth, drum sounds and sound effects along with an easy to use loop recording feature. Great for the teen who’s ipod is now old news or that next up and coming DJ who wants to start making beats.

There have also been a lot of interesting demos posted on youtube about the Kaossilator, but the one I enjoyed the most is this dude from Japan who calls himself “Jetdaisuke”. Complete with baseball cap, sunglasses and lot’s of cool stuff on his shelves to look at. Looks like he’s been busy since he has over 500 videos posted. A star is born!

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Keith Emerson & Oscar Peterson

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 We lost one of the great ones a couple of weeks ago when Oscar Peterson passed.  I was searching around You Tube for some videos of Oscar and found several interesting ones from various points in his over fifty year career. However, the one I found most interesting or I should say “off beat” is a recording of “Honky Tonk Train Blues” that features Oscar and Keith Emerson that was done in 1976. You can see that Keith was a bit out of his league with this one, but it makes for some fun viewing. 

 

 

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Proto Rock 1.2 – Radias Rock For Korg M3 Sampler/Workstation

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Not just another sound library, Kid Nepro’s “Proto Rock” for the Korg M3 is more like a software program. Regular updates will be released and all Proto Rock owners will be able to update for a small fee. Proto Rock Version 1.2 – “Radias Rock”, the first update is now available and contains sixteen new combis designed for the M3 Radias expansion board. 

Kid Nepro will also be running specials linking sounds from our sample city vault to all registered users. Build up your M3 and sample sound libraries all at the same time with a great selection of sounds from The Patch King.

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Proto Rock – New Sounds For Korg M3 Now Available @ www.kidnepro.com

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The Patch King pleased to announce the release of Proto Rock. Our first collection of sounds for the Korg M3 Sampler/Workstation. 

Proto Rock contains 64 programs, 64 Combis and over 50 Megs of new samples. All for only $60. US dollars.

Complete Info and MP3 Audio Demos can be found at:   

The Korg M3 Section Of Our Web Site 

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Proto Rock – New Sounds For Korg M3 Coming This Fall

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The Patch King is hard at work on our first collection of sounds for the new Korg M3 series. “Proto Rock” will contain 64 new programs and 64 new combis for the Korg M3 and M3m sampling workstations. It will also include several new multi samples and will be available “Fall 2007”.

You can find more info and three audio demos at;

The M3 Section Of Our Web Site

Korg has really hit a home run with this new instrument. They have added everything that was missing in the Triton and Karma and put it all together in a sweet package that is sure to do very well with pro musicians and weekend warriors alike. The editing software included with the M3 is a pleasure to work with. It’s all laid out very well and makes it really easy to bring your ideas to life.

The 64 megs of RAM included is a great starting point for adding your own multi samples and the Radius board option is simply amazing! Hook a microphone up and you will have hours of fun playing with vocoder effect included. The new multi effect section has also been drastically improved with some great new effects like a sweet “Tube Preamp” and “Mastering” effect.

We are looking forward to producing a large library of sounds for this amazing new instrument. If you have any suggestions as to what you would like us to develop please contact us and let us know.

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Kid Nepro Announces New Refills For Propellerheads Reason

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We are very excited to announce that we have just released four new refills for Propellerheads popular “Reason” software program. This is the first in a series of new sounds that we plan on programming for Reason so stay tuned for much more coming over the next few months.

Refills Include: Killer Keys, Vintage Synths, Drum & Bass and Midi Mix which include a wide variety of sounds which is bound to spice up your Reason tracks. Sounds are compatible with Reasons NN-XT sampler, Redrum and Dr Rex modules.

The Patch King is also offering all our Reason sounds as individual downloadable files for only $5. per file. Get yourself everything from a custom Hip Hop Drum Kit to a set of Mini Moog basses for only $5. Mix and match sounds from all of our collections and create your own custom refill.

More info at the Propellerheads section of our web site.

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Load and Save Instructions for Data Cassette on Roland Jupiter-8

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To SAVE a complete set of 64 patches and 8 patch preset pairs:

A- Press the JP-8 dump button. The JP-8 will send a pilot tone to your tape recorder, indicated by a double dash (— —) in the patch number display window. If possible, adjust your tape recorder so that the pilot tone registers near 0dB.

B- Begin recording with your tape recorder, beginning with a clear portion of the pilot tone. The JP-8 will soon produce a modulated tone and indicate which patch numbers are being dumped at any given moment by displaying those numbers in the lower portion of the display window.

C- When the Jupiter-8 has dumped it’s entire memory (ending with the number 88) the pilot tone will appear again then drop to silence and the display window will become blank to indicate the end of the dump sequence. Record enough of the silence to separate different JP-8 program memories to the same tape.

The Jupiter-8 includes the ability to assign a file number to each set of programs dumped, to make later identification easier. Merely select one of the 64 available patch numbers and place it in the upper section of the patch number display window before the dump procedure is begun. This number will be memorized along with the rest of the JP-8 memories and will be displayed in that position whenever the tape memory is played back into the Jupiter-8.

The Jupiter-8 includes a verify function to allow you to check the accuracy of your tape recorded memories before you change any patches in the Jupiter-8, providing extra securing against accidental loss of your precious programs.

To VERIFY a complete set of 64 patches and 8 patch preset pairs:

A- Play back the recorded set of JP-8 programs at a relatively high level, adjusting the tape recorder output until you obtain the brightest and most continuous signal from the JP-8’s data check LED. Once you have made your adjustments, begin tape playback with the pilot tone and press the JP-8 verify switch.

B- If your recorded memory is accurate and is being played back clearly and at the correct level, the JP-8 will now proceed to display all 64 patch numbers in sequence as it did in dump mode. If the entire sequence is completed, the tape memory is accurate and secure.

C- If there is an error in your recorded memory or it’s playback, patch number of upper section of the display window will begin to flash intermittently. Return to the beginning of the verify procedure, check your tape recorders levels and connections, and try again. If an error is indicated again, repeat the dump procedure again. Continue until your tape passes the verify test.

To LOAD a complete set of 64 patches and 8 patch preset pairs:

A- Adjust the tape output level according to the JP-8 data check indicator. Once this adjustment has been made, begin tape playback with the pilot tone and press the JP-8 load switch.

B- The JP-8 will indicate the file number of the program being loaded in the upper portion of the display window, and the patch numbers being loaded at any given moment in the lower portion of the display window. When the entire sequence has ended and the display window becomes blank, the load procedure is complete and the Jupiter-8 may be played normally using the new set of programs.

Hit Dump (verify, load) key to quit dump operation.

If errors have been detected, the display window keeps the flashing patch number until you hit any key.

The Jupiter-8 tape memory section includes some special features which make the tape memory more useful. Any bank of patches (such as the teens, twenty’s, etc) may be dumped, verified and loaded by itself or in combination with any other banks. This allows specific parts of any Jupiter-8 program to be stored or recalled without effecting the rest of the programs. This procedure is exactly the same as dumping, loading and verifying with one simple addition. Immediately after pressing the dump, load or verify switch, press the patch number switches for the bank or banks you wish to include. This will limit the process to the banks you have chosen.

If you wish to load specific parts of entire programs you have dumped into tape, it is even possible to drop into that program and load that information into any new banks you wish. To accomplish this, begin the verify procedure. The instant before you reach the specific patch number you wish to begin loading, press the load button and then the bank of sounds you wish to load. The Jupiter-8 begins loading at that point.

The patch preset memories are dealt with as a group and are the first items loaded, dumped of verified in any of these procedures. Remember that these memories are pairs of numbers referring to patches within the 64 patch memories, not a separate set of patches.

When you are completely finished with the tape memory section of the Jupiter-8, always return to the memory protect switch on the back panel to the “ON” position so that the LED indicator on the front panel is lit.

Need new sounds for your Jupiter? We have a cool collection of sounds for your Vintage Jupiter-8. 64 new patches on data cassette or WAV file download. That will get your Jupiter back on it’s feet again or give you some new sounds to work with. More info can be found At The Jupiter-8 Section Of Our Web Site

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Transferring Sounds Via Midi On The Korg M1

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The Korg M1 is one of, if not the best selling synthesizers of all time so there are a lot of M1 owners out there still looking for new sounds. You can find more info on all our Korg M1 sounds and Patches over here. We have a great collection which will get your M1 back on it’s feet again, but there are a few important things you should know.

NOTE: These settings will also work with the Korg M1R Rack Module as well as the Korg T-Series (T1, T2, T3 and T3-EX).

The ROM, RAM and PCM cards that fit into the M1 card slots have not been made in many years and are hard to find. Even if you do happen to find one, there is a good chance that the internal battery on the card is dead. That makes the card useless in most cases. You can change the battery on “some” cards, but even if you do any sounds that were on the card are gone. The cards are also expensive and do not hold much memory (usually only one bank of sounds can fit on a typical RAM card).

As described in our “Sysex Made Simple article”, there are better ways to do things. A simple midi interface will connect to your computers USB port and enable you to load and save sounds to your computers hard drive. Each synthesizer is set up differently, so refer to your owners manuel on how to transmit a “Bulk Dump” or “Sysex Dump” from your computer to your synth. Here are the settings that will let you do this on the M1:

To load in new sounds:

Set your M1 as follows in the global section:
Midi channel to 1
Memory protects to OFF
Midi filtering excl: ENA; 100/100 mode

To save sounds to your computer:

Set your software to receive the bulk dump
Set your M1 as follows in the global section:
Midi channel to 1
Midi filtering excl: ENA; 100/100 mode
Go to “Midi Data Dump Page”
You can set to dump Programs, Combis, Global, Sequence Data or All. Set to “All” unless you just want to save part of your internal data.
press “DUMP”

If the file does not transfer then check your cables and software settings and repeat.

If you need a program to load the sounds in, we provide “Midiox” for PC’s or “OSX Sysex” for Mac’s which are easy to use applications that will load in sounds to just about any synth with midi.

Here are a few other tips in working with sysex transfers;

Before you do anything, make sure your Midi cables are correctly connected. “Midi Out” of your Computer interface to “Midi In” of your synth & “Midi Out” of your synth to “Midi In” of your computer interface. Then copy the file to your hard drive or back up everything on a CD, floppy of whatever your using.

Make sure you “Save” your internal sounds to disk before loading in our sounds. Our sounds will replace your internal presets, so it’s best to save them to disk so you can reload them in later if you wish. Many synth have a “re-initilize memory” setting which you can use to restore the original factory settings. Note that there is no re-initilize setting on the M1, M1R or T- Series.

The sounds that we sell for the M1 are in .syx format (system exclusive) We recommend using Midiox or OSX Sysex to transfer the sounds. Although there are many other programs available that will transfer sysex files. We also provide the sounds in a standard midi file format (.mid). You can use your sequencer program (Logic, Cubase, Digital Performer etc) to load in the data. To load via your sequencer just import the file into a track. Then play the track and the data will load into your synth. The midi files will also work with windows media player. Just import them into windows media player and play.

Need a midi interface or maybe your looking for a used M1? No problem. Check out the hardware section of our web site. We usually have several midi interfaces in stock and do usually have several Korg Keyboards including the good old M1.

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Akai MPC Sounds and Sample Library Info

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With all those MPC Sound company’s that have popped up over the past few years, many of you might not realize that we were the ones who started it all. Kid Nepro has been sampling sounds for the Akai MPC samplers since 1990 when we released our first sample library for the original Akai MPC60.

Our many years of experience in working with the Akai MPC’s have produced the largest and best sounding library of sounds available anywhere. Unlike many of those other companies offering MPC sounds, we are not just selling drum kits and beats. Our MPC library has thousands of sounds with everything you need for your next live gig or recording session. Everything from Guitars, Basses, Strings, Horns and Synth Sounds to Keyboards, Orchestra Hits and Sound Effects. And of course we have all the Drum Kits and Beats you will ever need to put together your next killer track.

We have hundreds of floppy disks for the MPC60, MPC2000, MPC2000-XL and MPC3000. Our Millennium Series CD-ROMS and ZIP Disks include over 2000 new samples are also compatible with the MPC2000, MPC2000-XL and MPC4000. And for those of you working with the MPC1000, MPC500 or MPC2500 we have one of the largest selection of WAV files on the planet. WAV files are all available either on CD or as a digital download where you can order online and get your new sounds today!

Why are thousands of the music industries top producers and artists using The Patch King Sounds year after year? Easy…..Great sounds, great prices, great selection and fast friendly service from the one who started it all.

Just click on any of the links below to get to our MPC sound libraries.

Floppy Disk List for MPC60, MPC2000, MPC2000-XL and MPC3000

Millennium Series CD-ROMs and Zip Disks for MPC2000, MPC2000-XL and MPC4000

WAV CD-ROMs for MPC’s

Downloadable WAV Files for MPC’s

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