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Monday, July 08, 2024

Finding that perfect sample loop point | Prophet X Tutorial

video upload by Espen Kraft

"The challenge is as old as samplers. Finding that perfect loop point was often impossible. You could get close, but rarely perfect. Some samplers made the task easier than others.

Today I often use a program called SampleRobot to help make sample libraries for the Prophet X. That works very well for recording fresh, but if I have a sound from before, just ONE sample, and I want to stretch that out over the entire keyboard, I have to use the inbuilt sample loop functionality in the Prophet X itself, just as we had to do back in the day with the sampler we had at hand.

The challenge now is to find that perfect, or nearly perfect loop point. How do we do it?

When you stretch out a sample over the entire keyboard, the sample engine will have to stretch that sound out, altering the frequency of the sample itself. It will make higher pitched sounds end faster, while lower pitched sounds last longer. That will drastically change the timbre of the sound and many prefer that sound to a hi-fi multi sampled version of the same patch. It's all a matter of taste. The sound of a sample stretched takes us back to the 80s. Artifacts and aliasing etc. Many associate that sound with something nice and cosy.

Find my music here:

Saturday, July 06, 2024

Akai AX73 - The White Analog | Short edit reupload

video upload by Espen Kraft

"This track is done with the Akai AX73 analog synth from the mid 80s. All sounds are coming from it except the kick drum which is Roland TR-808. And the crickets?.... they've been recorded in my own garden with a Zoom H1.

This is a short edit of a longer video I once had on my channel about the AX73.

This track "Indian Summer" is part of my album "Dreams" from 2022."

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Keyboard Mag Feb. '90 | What Was In It?

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Vince Clarke and Erasure 'Wild tour'. Tony Banks and 'Bankstatement', and lots of useful articles and tutorials. The 1990 February issue of Keyboard Magazine was/is jam packed with entertaining and educational stuff.

Find my music here:

Friday, June 28, 2024

Golden Boy C64 edition| Espen Kraft Music

video upload by Espen Kraft

"This is done with an original Commodore 64G. Drums are sampled with the C64 and the synth sounds are done with the analog SID chip. I've multi-tracked the C64 of course.

Find the track here:

How to video previously posted here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

What other synth can do THIS?

video upload by Espen Kraft

"What other synth can do this?
Not talking about synths with split points etc. The Six-Trak don't have that.
I'm talking about starting up the arpeggiator with a patch, and then without stopping the arp, playing chords over it. Over the entire keyboard. Either with the same patch OR another one. How cool is that?
At the top of my head (by the time I'm typing this) I can't think of one other synth from the 80s or 90s that can do this except this and the Multi-Trak."

Monday, June 24, 2024

Roland MSQ-700 Quantisation | Highly unpredictable and fun - borderline bizarre

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Roland MSQ-700. The sequencer that keeps on giving.
I'm using Howard Jones' "Things can only get better" intro to demonstrate the quirkiness of the quantize engine of the MSQ-700. I don't play the correct chords, but I use them rhythmically correct. Played a little off-beat to test the quantize settings.

The way the MSQ-700 quantize not only the notes forwards and backwards, but also their lengths are very interesting and I've used this many times as a source of inspiration.

Find my music here:


Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Roland Jupiter-8 real time sound design | How to make great pads

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Programming synths has been my life for over 35 years. I'm good at it and I always enjoy it.

Most of my sounds and patches are made so they will fit in nicely with other sounds in an arrangement. Not too thin or to thick in the frequency spectrum. Sounds must blend well with each other.

I have a set of chord structures and intervals I often play through to find the sweet spot of any sound I'm working on. This video shows how I work in the final stages of a patch. The release time of the envelopes, the filter, filter envelope and oscillator detuning. It all comes into play (literally) when finding that sweet spot and small adjustments can change a lot.

The ability to detune Osc 1 from Osc 2 (on synths that have two or more oscillators) is always tempting as the sound will fatten up, but it can easily turn a usable sound to unusable as it takes up too much space and with Roland synths and a saw waveform, it will turn the sound into a "supersaw" which in turn will make everything sound like "Trance", which is not good if you're doing 80s pop. Be very careful about detuning oscillators like that.

When I'm creating a sound or patch I have one rule I live by; Could I use this sound in my OWN music? If the answer is yes, then the sound is ready.

Find my music here:

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Prophet X Epic Sample Pack Vol.2 Out Now!

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Prophet X Epic Sample Pack Vol 2. Over 1500 individual samples from custom made D-50, Emulator II, Fairlight and Synclavier sounds.

Layered, processed and made highly usable from the time you've loaded them up in your PX.
To get you started I've also included 40 patches using some of these samples. Bank 3 patches 1-40. This is a sysex file. You don't have to import this sysex file to use the samples, but these patches use some of the new samples to get you started.

If you have my Epic Sample Pack Vol.1 from before this pack of samples will not overwrite any of those in your PX. Samples in Vol.2 are put into u5 (synth), u7 (synth) and u8 (choir) on your PX. (Folders u04, u06 and u07 in the PX file hierarchy)

If you want to purchase this bank, please send me an email and I'll give you the download details.

The pack is about 1.5Gb in size.

My CONTACT email address is this:

Price is $30 USD. PayPal only. The above email is NOT the one to use for payment. That will be given upon ordering.

I will take no responsibility if you've accidentally deleted or erased any user samples in your own PX (that you had on from before) after installing my samples or packs.

I will not engage in any "one to one" tutorial sessions on how to install the pack or samples after purchase.

The samples and patches I've created are originally meant for MY Prophet X, for my live needs. A way of having all my vintage synths in one keyboard when doing live gigs, doing MY own songs, as faithful as possible to my albums. Now you can have them too.

This pack is also available in the Bitwig format as well as *.sf2 for use in Logic or other compatible platforms. Please specify if that is what you want instead. Price is the same. Wav can be delivered upon request, but will cost slightly more."

Monday, May 20, 2024

Why Espen Craft can't sell his Roland Alpha Juno-2

video upload by Espen Kraft

"I'm simply too afraid of my dead grandmother. I want synths that sound alive."

Monday, May 06, 2024

Keyboard Jun '84 | Turmoil in MIDI land, and isn't pretty

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Not everyone was happy with how MIDI came by and what it became. Many well known people (today) were pretty harsh with how Sequential and the 4 Japanese companies set the standards. The nay-sayers were quite moronic though. They had their chance to be part of the gang, but they bottled it for themselves.
Back in 1983 the MIDI spec page was 10 pages long, but it expanded rapidly. As it was "open source", every manufacturer could implement it as they saw fit and that caused all kinds of problems.

New tech and techniques have always polarized opinion and most people fear new things. Today the rise of AI is such a thing. Some people go bat shit crazy over it, while other's embrace it. Some just ignores it as well. No right or wrong. It all depends on where you're at I guess."

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Korg DW-8000 real time sound design

video upload by Espen Kraft

"I have two patch banks for the DW-8000 for sale. I have demo videos of them both here on the channel. Links at the end of this video.

Find my music here:

Monday, April 22, 2024

One cheap sampler is all it takes | Roland S-10, just can't sell it

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Roland S-10 | There is something about it that makes it impossible for me to sell it. The sound, the ease of operation, the short sampling time. Great for capturing ideas quickly.
This video is taken from my original 2017 Roland S-10 video tutorial which is now gone.

Find the song here:"

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Crumar BIT01 | Resonant strings/pads

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Crumar BIT01 - A nice old friend that I've used as a 'texture' synth, meaning it's a great synth to use when most of the other sounds are polished and glossy.
I've sold this unit now, but it lives on in my bank of samples."

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Top 12 songs with drum machine intros

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Top 12 hit songs with drum machine intros. Roland, Oberheim, Linndrum, Korg, E-mu, Alesis, they all made drum machines that would rock the world and artists like Phil Collins, Queen, Tears for Fears, Human League, Prince, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen (yes, even him) soon started using them.

00:00 Intro
00:15 Sexual Healing Roland TR-808
00:30 Take Me Home Roland TR-909
00:47 Steppin' Out Korg Kr-55
01:04 Radio Ga Ga Linndrum
01:23 Blue Monday Oberheim DMX
01:37 Shout E-mu Drumulator
01:58 Don't You Want Me? Linn LM-1
02:14 Streets of Philadelphia Alesis HR-16
02:32 In the Air Tonight Roland CR-78
02:48 Need You Tonight Roland TR-707
03:02 Clear Boss DR-55
03:17 Top Gun Anthem Roland TR-808"

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Roland Pocket Catalogue 1984 | What was in it?

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Roland Pocket Catalogue 1984 - The complete Roland line-up and Midi was a new thing. Fir dealers only.

Find my music here:

Sunday, April 07, 2024

Yamaha MDF1 / very unsexy, but such a useful tool back in the day

video upload by Espen Kraft

"A necessary tool back in the day. A storage device that could hold all my sequences, patches and other sysex data. Going out to a gig I relied on the Yamaha MDF1 to load back my sequences from my Alesis MMT-8. The latter did not have a build in floppy drive, as was the case with most sequencers at the lower end of the price range, hence the need for external storage devices.

After selling my MDF1 (or was it trashed? I can't remember...) in the early 90s, I've been looking for one again. To expand my collection of Yamaha sequencer stuff from that time. I don't NEED this today, but it's fun to look back and realize that the muscle memory (to use it) is still there after 35 years. Barely.

A big thanks to Chris from CPmagnetic media for sending me this one with one of his Quick Disk emulators installed. Check out his stuff here:"

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Roland S-10 sampled bass

video upload by Espen Kraft

"When I sample sounds, on whatever sampler, I always test the samples in a musical context. How a bass sound sounds alone don't mean anything. A sound might sound awesome on its own, but in a mix it might be totally wrong. And vice versa.

I've always found the S-10 perfect for bass. A short sampling time, fast and easy to sample. Early Roland S-samplers have a sonic signature I've always liked. It sounds great while it can also cut through a mix.

Find my music here:

Monday, March 04, 2024

Can you guess the source of this sound/patch?

video upload by Espen Kraft

And the answer:

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Dire Straits & Yamaha DX7

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Dire Straits 'Brothers In Arms' from 1985 had a lot of synths in it. Digital synths like the Yamaha DX7 and Synclavier were utilized a lot on that album.

I'm using both the DX7s and the TX802 in this video. The first string patch uses the low strings from the TX802 while the high "tremolo" strings are coming from the DX7s. Throughout the video the patches are evenly divided between these two synths. Except for the first 'Brothers in arms' string sound, no sound is layered.
Chorus and reverb are used on some of the patches.
With careful programming the DX7 can sound very lush and slick, even for string- and pad sounds. The last two patches, where I play freestyle (not Dire Straits chords)are such examples.
Both these two patches are edited from the first string patch I show in this video.

All the patches in this video were made by a guy known as Hedge777 or ElectronicSupersonic [video below]

I will not send his sysex patches to anyone so don't bother asking me. Ask him yourself.

Find my music here:

00:00 Brothers In Arms Strings
02:19 Brothers In Arms - the album
04:01 Different sounds"

Yamaha DX7 w E! My “Dire Straits” bank 1

video upload by ElectronicSupersonic

"Note that SysEx file is no longer available."

Yamaha DX7 w E! My “Dire Straits” bank 2

video upload by ElectronicSupersonic

"note that the SysEx file is no longer available."

Thursday, February 22, 2024

How to do awesome arpeggios - Tangerine Dream style

video upload by Espen Kraft

"How to do arpeggios and arpeggiated parts in the style of 70s and 80s Tangerine Dream? Blend different time signatures, use a lot triplet and dotted delays and plenty of reverb. Play some arps by hand and use automated arps together. Mash it up, use your creativity!

If any of you uber-Tangerine Dream fans read this; this video is made to inspire some creativity. It's not meant as a remake of any TG track in particular. I know how obsessed die-hard fans can be with stuff presented online. I'm well aware of their modular setups and custom made hardware.

00:00 Multiple arpeggios going at once
01:15 Play/record your arps by hand
01:52 Mix time signatures
04:09 The Bass
05:34 Blend different arps together
07:22 Use triplet- or dotted delays
10:09 Create melodic counter point

Find my music here:

Synths featured: Roland Juno-106, Jupiter-8, Sequential Prophet X.

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