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

Click Here for more info on our Yamaha DX7 sound collection

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 e-mail from someone that tells me that there is an auction happening on ebay that has some of my sounds for sale.

I would like to 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.

My anonymous friend was good enough to send me the link to the auction and by putting a few simple facts together, I was able to figure out who was doing this. It was someone who had purchased our sounds from us, then copied them and auctioning them off on ebay!

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 said “my cousin put that up there”. Yeah right. Well, I knew that was a bunch of crap so I said “I don’t care if it was you or your “cousin”, if you don’t remove it then the next call your going to get is from my lawyers”.

About ten minutes later the auction had ended.

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 frustrating to spend time programming a new set of sounds and then have someone comes along, steal and sell them as their own. I’m sure if you own any type of copyright you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Let me just thank you in advance for your help. Please send any copyright violations to: [email protected]

 

 

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.

Now Available! Vintage Synthesizers for Korg M3

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Korg M3 Volume #5 – Vintage Synths – Our fifth collection of sounds for the Korg M3 Workstations is now available!

Kid Nepro’s Vintage Synth collection for the Korg M3 is the closest thing that you can get to a real analog synthesizer. Programmer Steve Proto has now tapped into his collection of classic synthesizers and has sampled three of the best analog synthesizers ever made – The Moog Mini Moog, Roland Super Jupiter AKA: MKS80 and the Sequential Circuits Prophet VS. Also included in the collection are six new multi samples from Korg’s MOSS virtual analog expansion board that is so popular with owners of the Korg Triton and Karma workstations.

All in all there are 32 programs, 16 combis and 32 new multi samples with a wide assortment of classic analog basses and lead sounds that have that vintage analog sound that many musicians pay big bucks for – now at a fraction of the cost – only $30. USD.

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Announcing Korg M3 Volume #4 – Killer Keyboards

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Korg M3 Volume #4 – Killer Keyboards ($30. USD) – Our fourth collection of sounds for the Korg M3 Workstations is now available. An amazing assortment of fully KARMA-fied Programs & Combis perfect for Producers and Keyboard Players looking for some great new keyboard sounds to add to their M3.

Killer Keyboards includes 32 New Programs – 16 New Combis and 5 New Rhodes Multi Samples. No memory expansion is needed in order load Killer Keyboards or any or our four M3 collections. Check out the audio demos at our Killer Keyboards page for a taste of what you can do with these great new sounds.

SPECIAL BUNDLE PACK Get all four of our incredible M3 collections for only $200. The most complete sound library available for the M3 – weighing in at: 256 Programs, 192 Combis, 5 Drum Kits and over 200 Megs of new samples. Get the complete package of Proto Rock 1.4, Soundtrack Mix, Hit Factory and Killer Keyboards for the special low price of $200. USD – A $35. savings.

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

Rock Is NOT Dead

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Was checking out “Later” last night and contrary to what many may think – Rock Lives!

Not only one, but three very talented acts that I had never heard of all rocked. I think the “Later” format with all the bands playing in a circle, really forces everyone to bring their best game. Kind of like a battle of the bands. The thing that impressed me the most was that all three groups looked like they were in their twenties.

The first artist that got my attention was the singer/bass player Amy LaVerne – who performed the ultra cool “Killing Him” (didn’t make her love go away). Interesting topic! Great melody, hook and chord changes topped off my Amy’s smooth and sexy voice. The band was small. Only a trio of bass, guitar and drums, but they were really tight.

Next up was the incredible “Sia” – who looks like she has the potential to be a big force in the music biz. Sia has an amazing voice and is backed by a bunch of great players. I hopped over to You Tube to check out some of her stuff and really like what she’s doing with video. The Breath Me video reminds me of something that Peter Gabriel would do. When reading her bio at wikapedia I see she released her first solo recording back in 2000 so I guess I’m late in discovering this very talented singer.

The last act that brought the house down was the amazing “Cage The Elephant” who performed their hit “Ain’t No Rest For Wicked”. I’ve been singing the very catchy hook all morning. I’m sure there are a lot of people out their that can relate to that one! These guys really rocked with a great funky beat and slide guitar. If they can keep up this kind of stuff on future releases, I’m sure they are going to be big.

What really got my attention is that after checking out all three acts on YouTube, as good as their studio tracks sounded – they were even better when playing live. MUCH better. In this age of lip syncing and pre recorded sequenced tracks, it’s good to see young musicians out there that actually can play the hell out of their instruments. Makes an old rocker like me feel good that the future of Rock is not as bleak as I thought.

Rock On!

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