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. Note that Kronos 2 PCG’s are set up a little differently on some libraries.

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 – Kronos 2 = Combis USER F

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

V5 Dark Energy – Programs – USER BB – Combis – USER B – Kronos 2 = Programs USER CC – Combis USER C

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 – Kronos 2 = Programs USER CC – Combis USER C

V10 Vintage Synths 2 – Programs – USER AA – Combis – USER A – Kronos 2 = Programs USER CC -Combis  USER C

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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How To Set Up Auto Load On Korg Kronos

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Here’s how to have our sample libraries load automatically when you start Kronos. For maximum flexibility, best to keep your KSC files separate and enable/disable each KSC on the Auto-Load page as desired. Just follow these three simple steps.

1- After you download and save our files to your external hard drive, find the Kid Nepro Kronos folder and copy it to your Kronos Internal Hard Drive. To do that, choose the folder and go to “Utility/Copy”. Change the Drive Select to “Internal HD”, then choose “Paste”.

2- Go to Disk/Load. Find the Kid Nepro folder, choose open and choose the Kid Nepro User Bank KSC. Load the User Bank KSC into memory.

3- Go to Global/KSC Auto Load. The newly loaded KSC will already have been added to the list automatically. Enable the Auto-Load checkbox for the KSC.

Everything should now load when your start Kronos.

You can check it by choosing “Do Auto Load Now” without having to restart. Remember to check the box next to each file that you would like to load at start up. Note that the Preload Data KSC file must be loaded during start up since many of our sounds require that the factory drum samples be loaded during start up.

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New Korg Kronos Sound Library V6 Electric Guitars

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Korg Kronos Electric Guitars

 

Kid Nepro is proud to announce the release of Volume 6 “Electric Guitars” for Korg Kronos.

32 New Programs – 24 New Combis – 16 New Guitar Loops – 120 Megs New Samples – Only $69. USD.

The new sound library includes a wide assortment of the best Electric Guitar samples from our friends at Big Ball Music. Everything from our 1957 Vintage Guitar to our brand new custom Electric AX, these new sounds will have you jamming all day and night. Sounds include clean guitars and harmonics for that light rock or funk track that you’ve been working on, or full blown distorted or overdrive power leads and feedback that are perfect for hard rock or metal tracks.

SPECIAL: Korg Kronos SOUND BUNDLE PACK: Get all six of our incredible Kronos sound sets for only $279.

Get the complete package of Vintage Synths, Soundtrack Mix, Hit Factory, Sonix Bliss, Dark Energy & Electric Guitars for the special low price of $279. USD – A $66. savings.

This set rocks! More info and demos “OVER HERE”!!

 

 

 

Kid Nepro Now On Facebook

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Well, since the world did not end today, I figured it would be a good time to set up a Kid Nepro Facebook page. Head on over, like us and keep updated on all the latest developments, sound sales and any other cool events that may be coming down the road.

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New Korg Kronos Sound Library – Dark Energy For MS-20 & Polysix

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Korg Kronos Volume #5 – Dark Energy – 64 New Programs – 32 New Combis

Korg Kronos Volume #5 – Dark Energy – Our first collection of sounds for the MS-20 & Polysix Synth Engines is now available! An amazing assortment of fully KARMA-fied Programs & Combis with a hard edge, in your face, aggressive analog synth sounds. Only $39. USD.

Pump Up Your Kronos with Dark Energy!! The new sound library includes a wide assortment of classic analog synth sounds for the Kronos MS-20 & Polysix synth engines. A new take on all the sounds that these two vintage synths are capable of, along with a great new mix of modern 21st century patches that’s guaranteed to spice up your Kronos and give you some new ideas for your next track. Amazing new analog basses, leads, pads, super synths and cool rhythms using the Polysix arpeggiator and Kronos step sequencer plus much more.

For more info and demos “CLICK HERE”.

Kid Nepro YouTube Channel Hits Quarter Million Mark

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Well, it took six years, but the Kid Nepro YouTube channel has reached the quarter million views mark! I know in this age of viral videos many people see this happen in just one day, but for me it’s good to see the slow and steady progress that our channel has made since going live in 2006. Thanks to all who have checked out our videos, left nice comments and hit the “like” button – which seems to be more often then not. Hopefully the next 250,000 hits won’t take as long!

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Patch King Sound Libraries Bundle Packs

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Buy in bulk and save big time. Just click on the links below and check out all our big Bundle Packs deals!

 Arturia V Collection –  Vols 1-5  $100.

 Korg Kronos – Vols 1-4  $175.

 Korg M3 – Vols 1-5  $175.

 Korg Triton – Vols 1-12  $150.

 Korg Trinity & TR Rack – Vols 1-4  $85.

 Native Instruments Kontakt Sound Library – 7 CD Bundle $100.

 Propellerheads Reason Ultimate Refill – 6 CD Bundle  $100

 WAV File Collection – 9 CD Bundle Pack  $150.

 Roland JV/XP Series – Vols 1-10  $125.

Roland MKS80 Super Jupiter – Vols 1-3 $60.

 Yamaha Motif Series – Vols 1-5  $100.

If you already own any of our sounds in the above libraries you can update to the Bundle Pack at a discount rate.

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