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!

New Korg M3 Video – Classic Beatboxes

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One of the great things about the Korg M3 is that there are many ways that you can use it. The eight pads on the front panel make it easy to set up and use as a drum machine. With the addition of the drum track, sampling features and hundreds KARMA Generated Effects – that can be used for creating drum beats, you can easily turn the M3 into one of the coolest drum machines around.

Our M3 Hit Factory sound collection includes five new drum kits that we created using new samples. The “Classic Beatbox” Drum Kit For Korg M3 contains sounds from vintage 80’s drum machines and kits including the Roland TR808, TR909, CR78, Linn Drum and Simmons Drum Kit.

Beats on the track are from the combi titled “Retro Beatboxes”. No overdubbing or multi tracking was done. Everything was played live into my DAW. Interesting Note: I was also filming everything with my right hand while playing the pads, switches and sliders with my left. Now try that sometime!

Music & Video – Steve Proto

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Korg M3 Tutorial – Creating Drum Kits Using New Samples

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When programming my M3 “Hit Factory” collection, I created five new drum kits using new samples. I quickly found out that there are several steps involved in creating the drum kit and that they all must be done in the right order for everything to work as planned. I figured it would be a good idea to take some notes!

First assemble all your drum samples into one folder. My kits all contain 88 samples and I’ve mapped each sample to one note across the entire 88 note keyboard. The samples that make up the kit usually consist of several kicks, snares, toms, open and closed hi hats, ride and crash cymbals and assorted percussion. Then depending on the style of music your making you can do just about anything. A typical Hip Hop kit would also have voice samples, orchestra and horn hits, noises, scratches etc. Also, when giving your samples a name keep them under eight characters in length since the m3 will cut off samples with longer names. After everything is prepared your ready to start.

1- Save your folder with the samples to your USB hard drive or memory stick. Connect your drive/stick to the M3 USB port.

2- Choose the “media” button and find your folder. Choose your folder and choose “open”. Choose the top file, choose “load”. You can use “wildcards” to load multiple files at once. To do that change the name of the file to *.wav. Then choose OK and all the files in that folder will load in at the same time.

3- While still in media mode choose the save tag at the bottom, then choose the save arrow on the top and choose “save sampling data”. You are now about to create a Korg .KSC file – which will save all your samples into one easy to load file. Name your .KSC file, choose “all” and then choose OK. Depending on how many samples you have and how fast your drive/stick is, it should take a few minutes for all the samples to be saved to your drive or stick.Then choose “OK”. The data should load.

Now remove your drive/stick from the M3, connect it to your computer and copy the .KSC file to your computers hard drive. Then you will have a back up in case anything happens to the file on your external drive or stick.


4- Go to Program Mode, choose the “User D” bank and pick any of the factory drum kits. Pick the one that comes closest to the style of drum kit that you want to recreate with your new samples. For this example, lets stick with the Hip Hop style and pick Program 003 – Hip Hop Kit. Choose the main arrow and choose “write program” and write the kit to any empty program slot in your M3. Essentially you are making a copy of the Hip Hip kit to work with so as not to mess up the original program.

5- Go to the Hip Hop Kit program that you just created in the empty slot and then choose the “global” button then the “page select” button and choose Page 5 – Drum Kit. Now on the top/left arrow your should see – 010(INT) Hip Hop Kit. Highlight it and use the data wheel to scroll to slot – 032(U-A) Drum Kit UA032. Under the “sample setup” arrow choose “copy drum kit”, scroll with the data wheel until you get to – 010 (INT) Hip Hop Kit and then choose OK.

If you have done everything correctly the Hip Hop Drum Kit will now get written to U-A slot 032. Go back to the sample set up arrow and choose “rename drum kit”, give your kit a name (my hip hop kit), choose the sample setup arrow one more time and choose “write drum kits”, choose OK and your new drum kit has now been written into the M3’s internal memory.

Now your almost ready!



6- Before you do you must do one more very important thing. Go back to program mode, find your Hip Hop Kit program and under OSC/Pitch change the “multisample” from “010 INT Hip Hop Kit” to “032 U-A My Hip Hop Kit”. Under the main arrow choose “write program” and your all set. If you don’t do this and then begin editing your kit you will be changing the settings on the factory 010 Hip Hop Kit and any program or combi that uses that kit will also change therefore creating a big headache for you!

Fear not. If you happen to mess up one of the factory kits you can always restore the factory settings by going to global mode/basic and choosing “load preload demo data”. That will get everything back to it’s factory settings.


7- Go back to Global mode – P5 Drum Kit and now your ready to begin assembling your new drum kit. Start with Key A0 if your working on a 88 note keyboard or C2 if your on a 61 note – 5 octave keyboard. You can have up to four samples on each note. Each with different velocity settings if you wish, Just change the ROM Mono Setting for each sample to RAM Mono if your new samples are in mono or RAM Stereo if they are stereo samples. There are several parameters that you can tweak for each sample to get the sound just the way you want it.

One last thing to note is which samples to put on which keys. This is important since the M3 drum patterns and GE’s use certain midi note numbers to trigger the samples in each pattern. The easiest way to deal with this is to go through each sample one at a time and simply replace the factory sounds that’s in the Hip Hop Kit to a similar type of sound in your new “My Hip Hop Kit”. In other words, if there is a kick drum on note C1 of the factory kit, then replace the factory kick drum with one of your custom sample kick drums. A snare would replace a snare and so on. Doing this will assure that everything will sound right when triggering your new kit with the factory drum patterns or GE’s.

After you have done some editing don’t forget to again go to the sample set up arrow and choose “write drum kit” to save your new kit into memory. Then for safe keeping go back to media mode and save your program and user drum kit(s) as a PCG file. Don’t forget to choose “user drum kits” when saving your PCG file.

Remember that while the PCG file stays in memory until you load in something else, you must load in the KSC file each time you power up your M3. Just load in the .KSC file that you created with your new samples and you should be ready to start making beats in a couple of minutes.

Hope this helps. Good luck and happy sampling!

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Coney Island Dream

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Inspired from a dream I had the other night. Finally gave me a chance to use some video footage that’s been sitting in the can for the past decade! Music all done on a Korg M3 using my “Soundtrack Mix” sounds.

Hit Factory – New Sounds For Korg M3 Now Available

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Korg M3 Volume #3 – Hit Factory – Our third collection of sounds for the Korg M3 Workstations is now available. An amazing mix of fully KARMA-fied Programs & Combis perfect for Producers and Keyboard Players Creating Hip Hop, R&B, Techno, Rave, Trance, Industrial & Dance Tracks.

64 Programs, 32 Combis, FIVE NEW DRUM KITS and 380 NEW SAMPLES that are guaranteed to get your head noddin with some of the coolest beats found anywhere.

More info and demos “CLICK HERE”

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!

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