K N E C T
KRONOS / OASYS Programs
(free for use)
1. Yamaha DX Patch Systems Exclusive Archive (11MB = ~ 200,000 Programs), loadable by MOD-7:
All files were acquired from collections freely available on the Web, and probably constitute all DX/FM sounds ever programmed for the Yamaha 6-Operator DX/FM synthesizers. They are all system exclusive (.SYX) files. One of the folders is named DX1, but all files archived within are readable by the DX7 and KRONOS/OASYS MOD-7. Whoever created it originally organized the sounds into named banks of individual instruments such as clavs, harps, guitars....This folder contains perhaps more than 60,000 programs
The other folder contains a myriad of programs, including the factory defaults for most YAMAHA FM synthesizers, but a vast number of others too - perhaps over 140,000 programs in total. Despite there being 200,000 programs in this archive, there are likely no more than 71,000 distinct sounds – many are repeated across sound banks.
Note that a minority of the included files do not load into MOD-7 as they are not full banks (KRONOS/OASYS requires a full DX bank of 32 programs).
Finally, while many patches sound a little bare and basic by today’s standards (and having lost some of the performance parameters of the DX7 when converted), they act as excellent starting points to developing other patches (where the KRONOS/OASYS control surface allows for rapid and effective edits and control, for example).
I highly recommend you go though the MOD-7 Tutorial in the KRONOS/OASYS Parameter Guide. It was written personally by Dan Phillips and provides an exquisite grounding on how to use MOD-7. Armed with that knowledge, you will quickly and easily convert any basic DX FM program into a full and modern MOD-7 Program.
2. 20 Original MOD-7 Programs (inspired by the Yamaha SY77 & SY99):
1. 107 AL-1 Programs:
A bank of 107 Programs for the KRONOS / OASYS AL-1 Virtual Analogue Synthesizer. There are probably about 30 distinct sounds in this set – each with several variations.
These programs are mostly inspired by the classic polysynths of the 70’s and 80’s - mostly old-school thick, luscious polysynth sounds. Many of them have ample reverb but it’s easy to switch that off to hear the sound without reverb. Also – many of these sounds use Polyphonic Unison mode, sometimes up to 8 or in a few cases even16 note unison – so they can use up significant KRONOS / OASYS resources.
All of the programs with ‘Vintage’ in their name were inspired by the microKorg which has a similar function – to allow for LFO variation of the phase of two waves in a double wave. This gives a rich sound but in a very vintage way. Check out the oscillator page of those sounds to see what’s going on. As you switch through these Vintage programs they become thicker and more luscious; but with far fewer unison voices than required in the unisoned polysynth and pad sounds. For example, the rich programs titled ‘Tomita’ and ‘Mask’ sound equally rich if not richer to other heavily unisoned polysynth sound provided in this set. Thanks to Daz for offering synth programming advice in devising the Vintage, Mask and Tomita sounds. Certainly this ‘Vintage’ style of sound reveals the true capabilities and character of AL-1.
The programs install by default into User Bank G. Nothing else is stored in the PCG file but be sure to back up your OASYS before loading this bank.
2. OASYS PROGRAM SET
128 new programs provided here free and for general use. This set features sounds for AL-1, STR-1 and LAC-1 synthesis engines. Download:
4. 10 CP80 Programs (based on OASYS internal CP80 multisample)
6. Roland VP330 Male Choral Sound (including multisamples)
Six programs based on a set of samples from the classic Roland VP330 Vocoder Plus choral sounds. A set of samples from the VP330 are provided online by here. I downloaded only the dry male and female choral sounds. On the VP330, the two male 8’ sounds are allocated to the lower and upper half of the keyboard respectively. What I’ve done is to combine them within one stereo multisample, spanning the entire OASYS keyboard. Hence the six programs provided here are of the VP330 Male Choral 8’ sound. Note that the original WAV file contains recordings(samples) of about every half octave so the entire VP330 49-note range is quite well represented; though if you play the first (fairly raw) program you’ll notice the sample points. But for the remainder of the programs using some chorus, ensemble, reverb and velocity sensing on the filter they sample points are far less obvious and work quite well.
I used Adobe Audition to cut and loop the original samples. No audio processing was done on them to alter their tone, though I used Audition’s extremely capable restoration processing functions to remove noise from the original samples – easily achievable because the original WAV files provided ample noise-only sections for Audition to characterise the noise extremely well. The entire sample set is only 3Mb in size – so precise are the waveforms that I spent a lot of time cutting them down to the smallest possible size for looping – so this wonderful sound takes up almost no space at all.
Subsequent to finding this sample set on the web I have purchased several VP330’s of my own, so I eventually hope to sample each of the 49 notes for the male, female and string sound, and package them with an OASYS emulation of the VP330 vocoder – in essence creating a virtual VP330 within the OASYS- but that’ll be for the future. In the mean time enjoy this wonderful sound.
Examples of use of VP330 Choral sound
This sound was used extensively by Vangelis and by Tomita. Examples include:
- Bladerunner scene (when Deckard meets Rachel for the first time)
- Choral sound on Chariots of Fire
- Choral sound on end (very quiet) section of “Suffocation” on album “See You Later”
- Opening to “Polonaise” on album “Private Collection”
- Note also – VP330 String Sound used in opening of Bladerunner, with the VP330 Vocoder used on the track “See You Later” on the album “See You Later”
- Daphnis et Chloe
Realtime Tone Control for all Sounds:
Adjust Filter Cutoff on Konb 1, Filter Resonance on Knob 2
Filter Cutoff is velocity sensitive (Programs 3,4&5 only)
Adjust Filter ADSR on Faders 1-4
Adjust Amplifier ADSR on Faders 5-3
Vibrato key aftertouch on all programs
000 – VP330 Male 8’; no effects
001 – VP330 Male 8’; O-verb reverb master effect, Stereo Harmonic Chorus & Ensemble Inserts
002 – VP330 Male 8’; O-verb reverb master effect, Stereo Harmonic Chorus & Ensemble Inserts
003 – VP330 Male 8’; O-verb reverb master effect, Stereo Harmonic Chorus & Ensemble Inserts
004 – VP330 Male 8’; O-verb reverb master effect, Stereo Harmonic Chorus & Ensemble Inserts - levels adjusted by Knob8
005 – VP330 Male 8’; no reverb, Stereo Harmonic Chorus & Ensemble Inserts – levels adjusted by Knob8
Adjusting chorus, reverb, filter and resonance settings give a wide range of variations on this sound, and along with velocity sensitivity of filter cutoff and aftertouch vibrato, arguably extends the usefulness of this sound beyond the original VP330 (accepted you can never replace the original!)
1. Download KN_VP330.zip
2. Unzip KN_VP330.zip
3. Find enclosed a folder called KN_VP330
4. Enter the folder and find KN_VP330.PCG; KN_VP330.KSC and its associated samples folder KN_VP330
5. Load the PCG file KN_VP330.PCG (loads by default into User-A, but you can change that of course)
6. Click to load the associated multisample file KN_VP330.KSC
7. Find the six VP_330 programs in Bank U-A, Programs 000 - 005