Loading Sounds Into Roland Super JV & XP Series Synths Via Midi

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Have an old Roland Super JV or XP synth that you want to load new sounds into? Here’s how to set up your synth to receive the sounds.

The following instructions are for the Roland JV1010, JV1080, JV2080, XP30, XP50, XP60 & XP80.

There are two sections in your synth that you need to make adjustments – SYSTEM & UTILITY

SYSTEM SETTINGS

1- Choose system button

2- On Patch Midi Page – Set Receive Ch to #1

3- Use the Arrow Down Button to get to the next page

4- On Sys Exclusive Midi Page – Set RX EXC to “ON”

5- Use Arrow Down Button to get to the next page

6- On Receive Midi Page – Set everything to “ON”

UTILITY SETTINGS

1- Choose utility button

2- On Menu 1 – PROTECT – Use right arrow – scroll to Protect – choose “ENTER BUTTON”

3- On Write Protect Page – Set Internal “Off” & Exclusive “Off”

That should set up your synth to receive the sounds. Look for the midi light to flash when your loading in the sounds from the computer. They end up in your “USER” Bank.

Remember that on Roland synths Midi Channel 1 = Midi Channel 17 – so If you get an error message after setting up the JV or XP, try changing the midi channel in the software your using to load the sounds from channel #1 to channel #17.

If you continue to have problems, there are also a couple of settings in your software that you might need to change – the “buffer” & “transmission speed”. Raise the buffer & lower the transmission speed. Experiment to find the right settings for your system.

More info on all our Roland JV & XP Series sounds can be found “At the Roland Sound Section Of Our Web Site”

How To Load Sounds on Macintosh

How To Load Sounds On PC

Brooklyn Bridge Tribute

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Yo Brooklyn, this ones for you! My homage to the Brooklyn Bridge.

All music programmed & performed on the Korg M3 using Kid Nepro Soundtrack Mix & Killer Keyboards sound collections.

Arturia ARP2600 V Sound Collection Now Available

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The Patch King has just released our second soundbank for Arturia’s V Collection. The ARP2600 V sound collection complements our Minimoog V sounds that were released in May. Lot’s of cool analog stuff!

The Kid Nepro Arturia ARP2600 V Collection contains a mix of 100 new virtual analog patches ranging from fat basses to screaming leads, killer pads, cool sound effects and lot’s of great rhythms created with the ARP Model 1601 Sequencer. The collection of new sounds is done with expert care from someone who knows the classic synth very well – so you can be sure that the patches are all well crafted and sound great.

Several other high quality sound libraries for Arturia synths will follow including new sounds for the Moog Modular V, CS-80V, Prophet-V & Jupiter-8V – so stay tuned!

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Loading Sounds Into The Yamaha DX7 Series Via Midi

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The Yamaha DX7 was one of the best selling synthesizers in the history of electronic music. It’s been over twenty years since the last ones finally rolled off Yamaha’s assembly line, but there are still a lot of them in use all over the world and lots of musicians still looking for new sounds. The sound collection that we programmed for the DX back in the 80’s has been one of our best selling patch sets with over 1000 new sounds in all. The sounds are no longer available on ROM or RAM cards. They come in a system exclusive (also known as sysex) or a standard midi file format (.mid) – so you need to load the sounds using your computer and a midi interface.

Here are some tips on how that is done……

The first thing to remember is that there were several different models of DX7’s. The original “brown” DX was one of the first instruments to have MIDI. It had limited midi features and several bugs which were improved on the later DX7-2 models. The DX7-2 Series included the DX7-2, DX7s and the DX7-2FD. The 2FD had a built in floppy disk drive and we actually offer our DX7 sounds in that format as well. In addition the company “Grey Matter” produced the “E” update. When the E board was installed in the DX it expanded the memory. Loading new sounds into each version via midi is a bit different on each model – so we have listed the set up procedure for each model DX.

In order to load sounds into any of the DX models via midi your need a “Midi Interface” and two “Midi Cables”. There are two types of midi interfaces. One is a actual piece of hardware consisting of a small box or rack mount device that has midi inputs and outputs. You only need a simple one that has one midi in and out. However, if you have a lot of synths and samplers and plan on recording them using midi, you can purchase a larger midi interface which can have up to sixteen in’s and outs. The second kind of interface is just a simple USB to Midi cable. This should also do the job for simple sysex dumps, but I have not had the opportunity to test this yet so it’s possible you may run into problems with certain midi devices if you go this route.

The interface gets connected to your computers USB port. You then run a midi cable from the “Midi out” on your interface to the DX “midi in” port. You can then connect another midi cable from your interface “midi in” to your DX “midi out”. This is called “handshaking” and assures better communication between the DX and your interface. It’s not always necessary to handshake the midi cables, but best to have a second cable around just in case you have to. Some synths will not respond to the dump if the second cable is not connected.

Original DX7
NOTE: You can only load 32 sounds at a time into the original DX7
Select Memory Select
Set Memory Protect Internal to “off”
The original DX will only receive on midi channel 1 – so make sure your software is set to transmit on channel 1
When the display reads “Sys Info Avail”, the DX is ready to receive the data.

Original DX7 NOTE: You can only load 32 sounds at a time into the original DX7Select Memory SelectSet Memory Protect Internal to “off”The original DX will only receive on midi channel 1 – so make sure your software is set to transmit on channel 1When the display reads “Sys Info Avail”, the DX is ready to receive the data.

Grey Matter E Card

If you have the Grey Matter E board installed there are several additional steps: Press “function”, then “operator select” twice to select the “memory” page, push button 31 twice (Memory Protect Internal) and then “off”. This disables the memory protect. Then press “function”, then “operator select” four times to select the “keyboard control” page, push button 2 (Midi in filters: SYSEX) and then “on”. This enables SYSEX data transfer.

DX7-2 Series

In the DX7-2 synths, most of the midi functions and parameters are adjusted using buttons 31 and 32. Make sure you set the “Rcv Ch” on the DX and your software program set to channel 1. The DX-2 series can hold 64 patches in it’s memory. There are two different memory banks (A and B). The “receive block” (button 31) lets you set which memory bank you load the sounds into. You also need to turn memory protection off (Button #14) and set “MIDI IN” to “normal” (button #29). If you don’t do this step, you get no error message and no hint of what is wrong, but the keyboard will not accept the sysex data.

Well that about covers it. If you need a program to load in the sounds we provide a couple of good ones that are easy to use for both the Mac and PC. More info on how to load the sounds using sysex software programs can be found at:

How To Load Sounds on Macintosh

How To Load Sounds On PC

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Now Available! New Sounds For Arturia V Collection From The Patch King

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That’s right! The Patch King is now hard at work creating an amazing new library for ALL of Arturia’s V Collection. The Minimoog V is the first release from the new collection and is now available. Several other libraries will follow throughout the year including new sounds for the Arturia Moog Modular V, ARP2600 V, CS-80V, Prophet-V and Jupiter-8V.

The Kid Nepro Arturia Minimoog V Collection contains A cool mix of 100 new virtual analog patches ranging from phat basses to screaming leads, smooth pads, funky effects and a lot more. For us, programming a Minimoog is like riding a bicycle – you never forget how to do it! The collection of new sounds is done with expert care from someone who knows the classic synth very well – so you can be sure that the patches are all well crafted and sound great.

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Sign our guest list and we will contact you as soon as our other Arturia V sounds are available. Please contact us if you need any more info.

Korg M3 Sound Bundle Pack

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SPECIAL M3 SOUND BUNDLE PACK: Get all five of our incredible M3 collections for only $175. The most complete sound library anywhere now available for the Korg M3 – weighing in at: 290 Programs, 208 Combis, 5 Drum Kits and over 250 Megs of New Samples! Get the complete package of Proto Rock 1.4, Soundtrack Mix, Hit Factory, Killer Keyboards & Vintage Synths for the special low price of $175. USD – A $60. savings.

More info on all our M3 sounds can be found at: Our Main M3 Page.

Help Us Fight Copyright Violations

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So I’m sitting at home, minding my own business when I get an e-mail from someone (I can’t say exactly who) that goes on to tell me that there is an auction happening on ebay that has some of my sounds for sale. The e-mail went on to ask me if I knew anything about it.

Great way to mess up your day!

First I would like to publicly thank the person who sent me the e-mail. My best guess is that he’s either a customer of ours or just someone who understands what this kind of stuff does to small businesses like Kid Nepro. Maybe both! Well there certainly is a lot to be said about all that, but first let me continue with my little story.

My anonymous friend was good enough to send me the link to the auction and by putting a few simple facts together, I was easily able to figure out who was doing this. It was actually someone who had purchased our sounds from us, then copied them to USB sticks and auctioning the sticks off on ebay! I could think of a few “choice” words that I could use to describe this type of person, but I’ll leave that up to you to fill in the blanks.

Anyway, I had his phone number so I called him up. I think I was the last person he expected to be one the phone when he answered and I told him who I was, you could tell he was pretty shocked. When I told him I had seen the auction and asked him about it, he blurted out “my cousin put that up there”. Yeah right. Well I knew that was a bunch of crap as soon as it came out of his mouth so I said “I don’t care if it was you or your “cousin”, if you don’t immediately remove it then the next call your going to get is from my lawyers”. After a couple more brief exchanges, I hung up the phone. Not the type of person you want to get into a long conversation with.

About ten minutes later the auction had ended.

OK great. Score one for the good guys. However, this is certainly not the beginning nor the end of the story. Having been selling sounds since the early 80’s this is not the first time this has happened. Every once in awhile I spot one of these thieves and usually with the help of ebay, I’m able to stop it. However, it’s hard to spot every single incident which is why I’m grateful to people like my anonymous friend – which helps me monitor what’s happening on ebay as well as other places where this type of thing goes on. This is why I’ve decided to make a public statement about it and ask for your help.

I figure that “the more eyes the better” so if you happen to see any of this illegal activity happening on ebay or anywhere else please take a minute to send an e-mail about it. And I’m not just talking about Kid Nepro sounds. There are many other small sound companies out there who the same thing is happening to – so if you see anyone else’s sounds being stolen then I urge you to report it to whomever is the rightful owner. In addition, I’ll issue you some free credit on any of the sounds in our catalog. I’ll be happy to give away some free sounds under those circumstances!

Let me just clarify what I mean about people stealing our sounds, so you know what to look out for.

I don’t mind if say, someone is selling a Roland Juno 106 on ebay and they are advertising that the Juno comes with our Juno 106 sound collection. As far as I’m concerned, that’s OK. I’m even OK, if someone has “the original” cassette tape, no longer has the Juno and just wants to resell the tape as “A One Time Auction”. However, if someone is making copies off the original tape, CD, USB stick, ZIP Disk, or whatever format they purchased our sounds in – then reselling the copies, then that’s “NOT OK”. Some situations fall in a grey area between the two so if your not sure just let us know and we will check it out.

As you can imagine, this type of stuff really hurts our bottom line. It’s also very frustrating to spend over two years programming a new set of sounds and then have someone come along, steal them and sell them as their own. I’m sure if you own any type of copyright you know exactly what I’m talking about. This is one of many reasons why there are so few companies doing what we do here at Kid Nepro.

Let me just thank you in advance for your help. Please send any copyright violations to: support (at) kidnepro.com

Copyright 1984-2010 – Kid Nepro Productions – All Rights Reserved. All Kid Nepro software is to be used in music production only. Kid Nepro reserves all other rights not expressly granted to you. Kid Nepro retains full ownership of the sounds and samples contained in our catalogue. Unauthorized copying, duplicating, selling, trading or distribution of this product is expressly forbidden. Downloading our software means you accept these terms.


New Sounds For The Old Korg Z1

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Back in the 90’s, one of the few Korg synthesizers that Kid Nepro missed programming sounds for was the Korg Z1. Well the kid was a bit late, but he has recently picked up an old Z1 and have finally gotten around to making a sound library for this cool Korg synth. Now available are two new sound collections. Each containing 128 new programs.

Volume 1 – Classic Synths ($35. USD) contains 128 new programs. A mixed bag of sounds that ranges from classic analog synth textures to soundtrack and film special effects with a bunch of funky rhythmic textures thrown in. Classic Synths has a great deal of rhythmic “grooves” and “riffs”. These patterns can be the starting point that you can use to create your next track. We split the rhythmic sounds and sustained sounds in half. There are 64 rhythmic textures and then 64 sustained sounds.

Volume 2 – Physical Modeling Mix ($35. USD) also includes 128 programs. For most patches the arpeggiator was turned off and we concentrated on sustained sounds. There are several physical model instruments such as Reeds (clarinet, flute, sax), Organs (rock, gospel, jazz), Electric Pianos (Wurli’s and Rhodes), Acoustic Guitars (plucked) and Strings (bowed and plucked). There are also several unique synth textures and classic analog and digital synth models. A mix of synth leads, basses, pads, keys and brass. You will also find a few rhythmic patterns and special effects.

Both volumes are available in sysex or midi file formats and delivered via our free download delivery.

More info and demos at: OUR KORG Z1 Sound Page

When Analog Was King – A Video Tribute

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I wanted to do something different for this video so I decided since the theme of my new M3 sound collection was “Vintage Synths” that I would pay tribute to some of my favorite synthesizer players.

One thing that I had forgotten and was made obvious while assembling the video footage, is how difficult is used to be for synth players back in the 70’s and 80’s to keep their keyboards in tune during a live performance. The early analog synths while sounding great did have their problems getting through a gig. You never knew what was going to happen when you turned them on!

While the synths that they were using back then were primitive compared to the modern keyboards of today, the music certainly was not. Some of the greatest music ever made was created during those years. It’s fantastic that YouTube has been able to document it all so that anyone who is interested can see it all with just a few clicks of a mouse!

I’m sure I left out many great ones, but It would take an hour long video to list them all. Here they are – in order of appearance…..

Steve Wonder, Thomas Dolby, Herbie Hancock, Howard Jones – 1985 Grammys

George Duke with Frank Zappa 1973

Joe Zawinul – Weather Report Offenbach 1978

Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters 1975 Nice bracelets

Chick Corea with RTF 1977

Yan Hammer with Mahavishnu Orchestra 1972

Keith Emerson – ELP Knife Edge 1970

Rick Wakeman – Cool Cape – Yes 1971

Stevie Wonder – Funk Master 1971

Herbie, Stevie, Dolby  @ 85′ Grammys

Keith Emerson with Theriman 1970

Edger Winter – Frankenstein Midnight Special 1973

Billy Preston – Round In Circles – Amazing hair! 1973

Billy Preston – Concert For Bangladesh 1971

Peter Gabriel – Red Rain 1986

Tony Banks – Early 70’s

Bob Moog demos Mini Moog 1981

Jean Michel Jarre with ARP2600 – no date

Edgar Winter beating the hell out of a ARP2600 during Frankenstein 1973

A New Take On ELP’s Trilogy

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ELP swings! Just discovered these guys. Emerson Lake and Palmer Song “Trilogy” by Jad&Den Quintet recorded at La nouvelle Athenes PARIS FRANCE. Great version of the old Emerson, Lake & Palmer classic.

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