How To Download & Load Sounds Into The Korg Krome Workstations

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Here’s some info on exactly what’s needed once you purchase and download our Korg Krome sounds. Just unzip the file and save the “Kid Nepro Krome” folder to your computers hard drive. From there you need to transfer the sounds to a “SD” card, which you then insert into your Krome. Once the card is inserted, just go to the “Media” section of Krome and load. Here’s the details on how it works:

How to get our sounds from your desktop to your Krome:

You need a SD Card & Smart Media adapter. Also known as a “card reader”. Make sure that you get a card reader that has the SD option. Some card readers will have up to eight different card options. So just make sure that your SD card and reader will work together.

SD cards and card readers can be found at many places that sell computer accessories for a few dollars. Connect the smart media adapter to the USB port on your computer. Then insert the SD card to the Smart Media adapter and the card will appear on your computers desktop. Unzip the file you downloaded and save everything to the SD card. Then take the card out of the adapter and insert into your Krome and load from the “media” section. Follow the details in the loading instructions that we included with your download.

It’s quick & simple and the price of the adapter and the SD card are about what you would pay for shipping via snail mail. Note that files our delivery via download only. Pick the “email delivery” option at our online order form. If you need any more info just e-mail us. Our customer support rules.

More info on all our Korg Krome sounds can be found OVER HERE.

Krome Smart Media Setup:

Krome SM Setup

Krome SD Card:

Krome SD Card

Krome Smart Media Adapter:

Krome SM Adapter

Deconstructing Sgt Pepper

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This has always been one of my favorite Beatles tunes, so it was a real treat for me when one of my Facebook friends posted the link. As a recording engineer and Beatles fanatic, I wondered exactly how this was done. My best guess was that someone got hold of the master tapes and was able to isolate the four tracks. I didn’t think it could be done with software ripping apart the stereo mix. It sounded too good. And that ending – It blew my mind! No way you can do that with software. I’ve been listening to the track for 43 years and never heard that ending before. What a great find.

I also thought about how The Beatles catalog has always been guarded by tons of lawyers and if someone did indeed use the master tapes without getting any authorization then I wondered how YouTube would allow this to be posted. Something just did not seem right. I asked a couple of my friends about it and they were like, “Oh Yeah, when they did the remixes for The Cirque De Soleil shows, they actually made everything into Pro Tools Sessions and one thing led to another”. I was like “ohhhhhh right”. Sometimes I’m a little slow.

Anyway, I guess it’s OK with the powers that be that this is allowed to stay online. I’m sure glad it is. To be able to see how George Martin and the boys set up the tracks is a real treat. It’s also a great learning tool. Amazing how they were able to create this landmark recording with only two four track machines. It just proves what you can do with limited resources if you know what your doing. Of course, at the time it was all state of the art. We’ve come a long way in 43 years!

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.


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.

Woodstock – Back To The Garden 40 Years On

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Hard to believe it’s been 40 years. The original 1969 edition will be all over the air this weekend, both the music and interviews with the artists who created it.

For those who wonder how radio covered Woodstock back when it actually happened, Dennis Elsas of WFUV (90.7 FM) has dug out some archival tapes from WNEW-FM. The tapes feature Scott Muni and Rosko reading commercials for the festival, including the artist lineup, ticket prices and the important news that the concert had been moved to White Lake.

Elsas has mixed the commercials into a montage that also includes WNEW’s coverage of the weekend and Elsas’ interviews with Richie Havens and John Sebastian. He’ll be playing this feature on his Friday afternoon show over WFUV and posting it at www.denniselsas.com.

FUV: Music by Woodstock artists all day tomorrow, with a World Café special, 2-4 p.m., that includes interviews with artists, producers and engineers.

Pete Fornatale of WFUV, who wrote a new Woodstock book, “Back to the Garden,” talks with Darren DeVivo at 7:40 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. tomorrow about the festival.

Fornatale also features Woodstock on his own shows, “Mixed Bag,” Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 7 to 8 a.m.

John Platt has Woodstock music and artists Sunday, 8-11 a.m.

Meanwhile, WFUV’s HD2 channel and Web stream (www.wfuv.org) will play Woodstock all day Saturday and Sunday.

Sirius XM: The Deep Tracks channel, Sirius 16 and XM 40, will become Woodstock Radio from noon tomorrow through midnight Sunday.

The channel will include music from Woodstock and interviews with performers and officials from the festival. Artists will be played in the order they performed at the festival, with the complete performances of Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, Johnny Winter and Jefferson Airplane. David Hinckley

Looked around YouTube and found this cool video that has the set lists for each of the 31 bands that played that weekend. If I only had one day to choose from, I’d have to pick day two. What a day that must have been!

Digitally Remastered Beatles Coming In September

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Looking forward to this release in September. My Beatles CD’s have never sounded as good as the LP’s and I’m hoping that this will bring better sound to some of the best songs ever recorded. I guess the 9/9/09 date is no surprise since John always had a thing for the Number 9. Revolution 9, Number 9 Dream, Born on October 9th, Etc.

The new release includes all 12 Beatles albums in stereo, with track listings and artwork as originally released in the UK. The package will also contain the LP version of “Magical Mystery Tour” (initially released as a double-EP in Britain, though available on CD since 1987) and the collections “Past Masters Vol. I and II” combined as one title. 

The release marks the first time that the first four Beatles albums are being made available in their entirety on compact disc, and it also coincides with the release of “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game. Speaking of which – I think really blows big time. I saw a video of these kids demoing it on youtube the other day and it was pathetic. I mean, learn to play your own instruments kiddies. You will be glad you did.

Robert Levine, executive editor for Billboard, said the timing is genius in terms of marketing. “Most bands, when they do a big project like this they pay for publicity,” Levine said. The Beatles got paid for ‘Rock Band’ and then they are using that for publicity to rerelease a catalogue. It’s pretty amazing.

Piers Hemmingsen, the author of two books on Beatles music, said there has long been a clamor among fans for good, high-quality versions of Beatles songs. “The technology that was available back then was very limited, and with the newer technology they are able to do far more with what they have than they have ever been able to do before,” he said. “For people who are plugged into iPods and the whole digital music scene, it’s going to be a lot better for them.”

In acknowledgment of the more technologically advanced listeners, each CD will contain, for a limited time, an embedded brief documentary film about the album. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-released studio chat from the Beatles.

The remastering project was four years in the making. Engineers used de-noising technology and cleaned up glitches like electrical clicks and microphone vocal pops, so long as it didn’t affect the original integrity of the songs. They also slightly boosted the volume levels. Andrew Croft, publisher of Beatlology Magazine, said the announcement of the release of the remastered recordings “is long overdue in the Beatles community and for music fans alike.”

“Bootleg releases over the years used rare and obscure vinyl pressings from countries like Japan and Germany to compile the best of the best recordings of The Beatles songs, presenting to the public a better sound that Apple could not offer prior to the remastering. “While the new remasterings will replace a library full of bootlegs of their commercial releases, there remains a massive market for their more obscure tracks, outtakes and live performances,” Croft said.

The 14 remastered albums, along with a DVD collection of the documentaries, will also be available for purchase together in a stereo boxed set. A second boxed set, “The Beatles in Mono,” includes all of the Beatles recordings that were mixed for a mono release. It will contain 10 of the albums with their original mono mixes, plus two additional discs of mono masters (covering similar ground to the stereo tracks on “Past Masters”).

The mono “Help!” and “Rubber Soul” discs also include the original 1965 stereo mixes, which have not been previously released on CD. These albums will be packaged in mini-vinyl CD replicas of the original sleeves with all of the original inserts and label designs.

Croft said, “The songs have lasted for a long time because they are great songs. It’s just that simple. Those are amazing, amazing albums”.

Text Courtesy of CNN.com

Ray Charles On The Tonight Show

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Had enough of winter? Got the blues? Watch this and feel better.

Ray visits Johnny Carson on the old Tonight Show back in 1990. It’s Ray and the Tonight Show band at their best. You won’t see anything like this on Leno or Letterman.

Enjoy!

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Apple Mac Turns Twenty Five Today

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Not many people can say that they changed the world for the better, but Steve Jobs is certainly one of them. You wonder what things would be like if the Mac never existed and we were all destined to use Windows for the rest of our lives. I mean, the world is screwed up enough without having to deal with that! I run Windows XP on my Macbook Pro when I have to and the OS looks like the Mac did ten years ago. All the amazing things that we do with our Mac’s every day and we now take for granted would have never come to pass if it was not for the vision of Jobs. 

Just came across this classic video of Steve demoing the very first Mac. Steve may look a lot different now – the suit and bow tie are a real hoot, but you could see that he was the same brilliant showman back then that we all know and have come to love. As Steve deals with his health issues, we wish him the best and hope that he’s around for the 50th anniversary of the Mac. 

Thanks Steve!

Chestnut Does It Again In Coney Island Eat Off

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America always celebrates the July 4th holiday in a big way. Fireworks, parades, giant barbeques, friends and family getting together. But the biggest event for millions of Americian’s takes place in Coney Island, Brooklyn on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues for the annuel Nathans hot dog eating contest. 

Started way back in 1916, the winner back then ate a measley thirteen dogs. However, things have changed a lot since then becoming an international event watched all over the world. Last years winner Joey Chestnut raised the bar to incredible heights by eating an astounding sixty six dogs in twelve minutes! How anyone can possible do that is beyond me. 

This year the contest was shortened to ten minutes. I guess the people running the show thought that the way things were going and the large amounts of food consumed over the twelve minutes, someone was going to drop dead right on the spot! A good move in my opinion.

Anyway, Chestnut did it again this year. This time downing a mere fifty nine dogs before beating his rival Kobayashi in a one minute “eat off”. The Mustard Belt remains in the US and other great moment in the history of American sports.

Happy Birthday America!


 

Pat’s Back! Pat Paulson For President In 08′

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With all the silly stuff that’s been going on in this years presidential race, I got to thinking about Pat Paulsen again. He always gave me a good laugh when watching The Smothers Brothers TV show back in the 60’s. I googled his name and sadly found out that he passed away back in 1997, but that has not stopped him for running for president in 2008! The good folks at The Doo Dah Board of Governors and Parade Committee in Ocean City, NJ have officially endorsed Pat for president.

I visited Pat’s web site and found this hysterical video that I wanted to share. It also seems to be where NBC got the idea for a saturday night live skit and the NBA for a recent basketball commercial. Too bad Pat’s not with us anymore. We can use him more then ever now.

More info at; Pat’s Web Site

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