You can find the microkorg editor on the
Korg website choose support, after that keyboards and modules,
choose microkorg, click ‘search’ scroll the insert and there you have it: download
this file. On the Korg UK side you find it directly on the software. Run the file
to install the microKorg sound editor now this program can only communicate
with your microKorg via MIDI ports. Some sound cards have these, otherwise you’ll
need a USB to MIDI converter which is a quite useful device anyway. Connect the
MIDI in of your device with the MIDI out of your microKorg and vice versa, unless
your manual says different of course. Now we are ready to rock and roll… Wait! first we have to turn off the write
protection by hitting shift 8 turning knob 1 and 8 again and, while we’re at it,
let’s press shift 4 and turn knob 4 to check the EE setting, this is normally
there but you never know… well it’s there press 4 again This is the central interface of the
program, it’s a basic Explorer window, but it has a few minor habits of its own. As
you can see there are three main folders: my device, my setup, and my library.
They all contain something that’s called microKorg. Of course we are very curious
about the typical microKorg icon, but first we’re going to do something else:
we’re going to make some new folders in the ‘my library’ in which we want to make our
own sounds and… well like I said, strange habits. We have to do it a little
bit different: click in the window at the right side and now we can make a new folder.
What do we want with these folders. Well we want to make a library of our own
patches here, so I’ll rename this folder, for example to original, to keep my
patches I already had on the microKorg. Notice that you cannot use f2 to rename.
Of course you can give this folders any name you want ,for example: Leads, Pads,
Sound-effects, MS 2000, etcetera I have one folder I call rawsaw in which I
keep an initiated patch. I will show you about it a little later and now let’s
hit that icon! That sends a request to your microKorg to deliver its actual
settings via MIDI transfer as you can see here and your hardware wakes up If you forgot to turn off the write
protection, you’ll get this window. But if all went well you will see 129 icons,
representing the actual programs on your microKorg they remind a little of the scheme
you find in your manual. If it didn’t work ,there might be something wrong with
the MIDI settings: check if they’re all right. Here I must mention I have a
problem with Vista I will deal with that later. First I’m going to save all my
original programs on the microKorg by selecting them all and dragging them to
the folder ‘original’ I made earlier. There’s another, more convenient way to do this,
namely by dragging the microKorg icon into the microKorg folder in the my setup
root, we create a set file. Such a set file contains all the settings of the
128 programs of the microKorg, you see here that beside the set file I just
made, there’s another one called preload. This set file contains the original
presets on your microKorg. Just to demonstrate you how to use such a set
file, I will bring back my presets to the microKorg again. You see this question
coming: if I want to overwrite the whole device, when I say ok, that will happen
and all the settings in the file will be written to the microKorg. And there they
are: many patches which are downloaded from the internet. So with a few of these
set files you could have a number of totally different microKorgs! On my Vista
computer the patches won’t load at first, but the preload set does. When I drag
this preload set file to the microKorg, then it asks me to overwrite and when I
say ok ,the patches will load. Of course these are the original presets: you see
Trancy Arpeg etc etc, but now after this little nuisance I can work normally. Now I’m going to make an initial sound.
To do that I press shift 3 and then 3 again OK, now I must store the
sound by pressing ‘Write’ and ‘Write’ again the sound is now stored in A11. From
there I drag it to the folder Rawsaw. Because the sound is basically a raw
sawtooth, I also rename this patch to Rawsaw. Working from scratch is a real challenge
of course, but we also would like to use the precooked and baked patches we can
find on the Internet. There are also hundreds of patches for
the MS 2000 you may use on the microKorg as well. So let’s drag some of these
patches to our editor screen here we do that to the folder in… what the…? Well
can’t copy this way. But you can get these patches simply into your folders, by doing
it in Windows, outside the editor. Open the folder KORG in the ‘My Documents’ folder and
here you will find the folders used by the editor. You don’t have to leave the
editor: the programmers built in a backdoor, namely an Explorer screen. As
you can see the path is the same. And now we can drag patches in. Close the Explorer window, the folder
still seems empty, but isn’t.

MicroKORG PC-Editor part 1:librarian
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51 thoughts on “MicroKORG PC-Editor part 1:librarian

  • July 31, 2009 at 10:56 pm
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    great video. very helpful thanks. i don't know why this doesn't have more views

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  • August 19, 2009 at 7:34 pm
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    Thx and welcome 🙂
    Not more views because it's a rather special subject I guess…
    Working on part 2, takes more time (which I haven't) Hope to post it before end 2009!

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  • December 13, 2009 at 8:48 pm
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    just Google "MS2000 patches" and you wil find them 🙂

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  • April 4, 2010 at 2:01 am
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    Thanks very much for this video! Can't wait for part 2

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  • May 25, 2010 at 9:43 am
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    @novanine9
    I'm sorry, but I can't tell you. Maybe a MicroKorg XL user can?

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  • July 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm
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    @oneguyincalif: The librarian does NOT come with sounds, it's just a means of organising your patches("sounds") on your PC and MicroKorg, so you can create a sort of libraries of them (that's why it's called librarian). The patches ("sounds") you can download from the internet (like I did) are much better than the factory settings, at least to my taste.
    Your next question: NO, not only saving patches, but there's also a build in editor with which you can create and alter patches ("sounds")

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  • August 8, 2010 at 10:15 pm
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    Where part 2?!?!?! i seriosuly ADORE your videos. Thank you so much for uploaiding, all this computer stuff can be confusing at times. I only got my microkorg 2 days ago :L i dont want to accendently delete everything and there be no back up :S thanks again 🙂

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  • August 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm
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    Oh and one more thing if you dont mind, i searched "MS2000 patches" liek you did but i cant find a donwlaod anywhere could u please just send me a link in a pm or something. Thanks again i really appreciate it 🙂

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  • December 24, 2010 at 5:41 am
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    i did everything in the video and write protection is off, but everytime i try to write a ms2000 patch over a factory patch it says" can not overwrite device"?..any help is much appreciated..i even looked on the forums and through google…

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  • February 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm
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    @Georgebucio18 I'm having that problem too, have you found anything out?

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  • June 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm
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    Thanks. Its actually hard trying to find an explanation for those simple questions. Thanks again.

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  • August 12, 2011 at 9:08 am
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    How do you transfer some of the sounds using the computer sound editor? For instance, I downloaded the sounds for the MicroKorg and R3 etc from the korg website. I want to put a few of the sounds from the library onto mine and delete some of the other ones but I don't know how you transfer them? PLEASE HELP!

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  • December 9, 2011 at 11:36 pm
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    @danyelsan87 how do you do that when i press shift and turn the 3 nob all i get is — on every number]

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  • December 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm
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    iv done all that and its still doesn't work. rather annoying but thanks for the vid has helped me up to a point

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  • February 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm
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    Part 2 please! This was amazing.

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  • February 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm
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    Hello

    I have a Midi-usb connector, and can play sounds in fruity loops via midi. However, with the editor I can't seem to detect the korg? It says 'device not found' (even though I can select the input/output – it's called USB-MIDI)

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  • April 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm
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    plese! part 2

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  • April 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm
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    Looking forward for it. Thank you for this great tutorial

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  • April 13, 2012 at 4:56 am
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    Look forward to it, Just discovered the MK sound library now, looking forward to unlocking more potential from my microkorg, great and detailed tutorial. 🙂

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  • May 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm
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    I'm having the same exact problem. I don't know why it won't work.

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  • May 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm
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    same here, the exact same problem

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  • July 16, 2012 at 7:40 am
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    You have no idea how much this has helped. Thank you! Looking forward to part 2!

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  • July 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm
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    He, i have a problem with mi microkorg, it doesnt let me save my patches, when i push write It says "Pct", and it just give me the option to shift. i hope you can answer, thanks for the video.

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  • October 7, 2012 at 4:35 am
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    Such awesome sounds in this video! Thanks!

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  • October 11, 2012 at 4:48 am
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    Awesome video!

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  • October 16, 2012 at 4:45 am
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    Hey Great VID!!
    Just a quick question: I turn off the write protection and clear the preset using the Shift+3,3 function, but I dont end up with an initial Sawtooth wave as you said. Instead, I end up with silence. There is no sound after I clear the patch. Can you tell me what may be wrong with this???
    THANK YOU

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  • December 20, 2012 at 5:33 am
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    I prayy forr moreee this was a fantastic video thanks for it man!! Everybody makes video "tutorials" aka they just video tape them selves playing it. You however took care of business and made an actual "tutorial". Thank You Sir!

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  • February 4, 2013 at 4:22 am
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    Hello again,
    I am still with the same problem!!
    Do you have any idea as to why, when I clear a patch, my microkorg is silent??
    Anyone else please reply too!!

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  • May 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm
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    We are still waiting

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  • May 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm
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    part 2 almost ready?

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  • May 16, 2013 at 12:38 am
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    he said that a year ago lmao

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  • June 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm
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    Thanks. Where have you found the best patches in your searches around the internet?

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  • August 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm
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    I will be using the vocoder to make my Giant Killer Robot talk.

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  • October 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm
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    "The folder seems empty, but isn't" Actually, it's still empty…

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  • August 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    dommage se serais bien en français

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  • September 12, 2014 at 6:51 pm
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    Very informative. Classic humour…

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  • January 16, 2015 at 2:56 am
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    Where can I find the PC version of the editor, anyway?

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  • March 1, 2015 at 8:35 pm
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    Random question: how many times did you belch and how many times was it your computer sound FX or the patch? Haha.

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  • April 12, 2015 at 5:35 pm
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    Hi there, need some help with this
    The thing is that i can only upload Preload file into my microKORG, and if I lets say make some changes in it, clicking on the microKORG icon it shows the Transfering dialog, but then comes up with the error saying Can Not Receive MIDI message from the Device, any ideas what is wrong? PS using Win8, connecting via MOTU Ultralite Hybrid mk3

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  • May 26, 2015 at 3:57 pm
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    very helpful video – since my help file does not open. but no way of saving patches outside of the librarian? so what if you buy a new computer? how do you transfer your patches?

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  • July 21, 2015 at 8:28 pm
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    THIS is how you make an engaging youtube video about a microkorg sound editor!!!! This guy is fucking DON!!!

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  • January 27, 2016 at 12:43 am
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    This was a nicely produced video. Very informative. Now I know what to do with my custom patches. Cheers!

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  • August 23, 2016 at 5:45 pm
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    So helpful! Thx mate

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  • September 6, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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    error midi device, all the time 🙁

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  • December 12, 2016 at 8:32 am
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    For Mac users, I have posted a video tutorial on how to transfer patches from a Mac to the Microkorg using Korg's free Sound Editor.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VL08wpLcvw

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  • December 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm
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    Great video. Thanks for taking the time to make this. I'm directing people to this video who have trouble transferring my the patches from my patch pack to their MicroKORG.

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  • December 28, 2016 at 2:13 pm
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    Just downloaded the new microKorg and had the midi transfer problem. No one else on the internet addresses this issue apart from this guy. He is the fucking BEST!!!

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  • February 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm
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    i get that error: Cant Overwrite Device when i wanna import other patches into MICROKORG…

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  • July 19, 2017 at 9:04 am
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    Well only now, when the fact is that the Microkorg celebrates its 15 (!) year birthday I find the time to finish part 2. There's a new version (2.0) of the PC-editor that has some minor changes and works well (for me) in Win 10. Trouble is, now I have to change the instruction movie a bit – (sigh…) I've been very busy the last years, so I apologise for not answering your questions and remarks. Thank you all.

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  • August 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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    beware microkorg s owners you need the latest version of the editor !!!
    here's the link: http://www.korg.com/us/support/download/software/0/104/3500/

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  • December 22, 2017 at 11:00 pm
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    Can i back up the sounds in my mac? thanks

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