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Korg M1 patches

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 2:56 am
by mikepctvman
Hi everyone, noob here still learning how to use my M1. I was wondering if it’s possible to swap out patches one by one? For example if I have the factory program/combi sounds loaded and I found one sound I like in an .sys file I have on my computer can I remove one sound and add in another or can it only be all together? The sound I like is NightDad but would like to keep the rest of the factory sounds... hope that all makes sense

Re: Korg M1 patches

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 1:04 pm
by madtheory
Yes you can do this on a computer with a librarian app such as MIDIQuest. I can’t recomend any free ones because I’ve only ever used MIDIQuest, and never with an M1.

Unfortunately the Korg Legacy plugin doesn't export SysEx, only import. That would be the best way if it was possible IMO.

It’s a nice synth with a lot to offer still.

Re: Korg M1 patches

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 1:58 pm
by meatballfulton
There is a way to do it without a librarian but it's very tedious, requiring multiple sysex transfers. With a librarian it's usually just drag and drop and then upload to the instrument.

This will work on any instrument that supports dumping single patches as well as banks of patches and allows choosing where to put a single patch when loading...some instruments will only load a single patch to the patch slot it was dumped from, read the M1 manual to see if this is the case.

1. Dump the bank currently in the M1 to a new sysex file on the computer.

2. Load the sysex file with the patch you want into the M1.

3. Dump only the patch you want (NOT the whole bank) to a new sysex file on the computer.

4. Load the original sysex file with the original patch bank into the M1.

5. Load the sysex file with the single patch you want into the M1.

Hope this helps.

Re: Korg M1 patches

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 3:57 pm
by mikepctvman
Ok sounds easy enough, how would I know I found the one patch sound I want on the computer (I use BomeSendsx) when I load the soundbanks to dump to the M1 it looks like a long row of random letters and numbers spaced out (like "b2 01 d5" etc...) or alternatively should I play the sound I like and see it come up on the program to save it?

Re: Korg M1 patches

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 6:06 pm
by desmond
You're not going to get far looking at the raw sysex bytes!

As mentioned above, you need a computer editor that can load and display the files, and let you reorganise the patches and dump them back to your system.

Re: Korg M1 patches

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 7:27 pm
by mikepctvman
Ok I understand even more now, thank you all for clearing that up for me. I found a couple free programs to try so ill see how it goes...