chemical beats
18 June 2010
chemical beats review

Korg Universe Volume 2
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Produced by Back in Time chemical beats
Data 350Mb

Akai 1000 CD-ROM & Trinity floppy disk



Korg Universe Volume 2 is from the German company Back in Time Records who specialise in the production of sample CD's of older classic synths, we earlier reviewed Minimoog Classics from the same company. Korg Universe Volume 2 (Volume 1 review here), covers the sounds produced from no less than 20 Korg synthesisers and drum machines, from obscure mono synths to the quite modern 01/W.

The synthesisers and drum machines have been faithfully recorded with no additional processing. In total there are over 1700 individual samples, however to facilitate the the accurate representation of the sounds of these machines there is extensive use of multi-sampling. Therefore there are fewer unique sounds than otherwise may appear at first sight. The advantage of multisamples is that it enables a wider, more accurate rendition of the actual sounds across a wider audio range than just a single sample would do. A single sample played a couple of octaves away from its sampling point can often sound nothing like the original sound would have done at the same point. As this is a CD-ROM release the inconvenience of multi-sampling is removed and the added sonic accuracy produces a more playable range of notes from each sound.

As an added bonus the package comes with a floppy disk of data for the Korg Trinity workstation with some 80 program, combination and effects templates. Unfortunately I didn't have access to a Trinity to test these but no doubt adds to the value somewhat if you own one.

Korg Universe Volume 2 Inlay Card

The inlay card, well booklet, is excellent, running to some 40 pages. The samples are broken down by partition and then by "phase" or program and then further broken down into each individual program. The phases run to a maximum of 8Mb. Each sound is listed out then with its memory requirement. Additionally though as a nice touch is some background information and a photo of the machine being sampled.

There is also a page or two of additional user information, mostly about the Trinity disk, but also about key ranges and so forth.

The machines sampled for this collection are as follows:- Synthesisers - 770S, M-500 SP micro preset, MS20, KP30, Sigma, Mono/Poly, PE-2000, ES 50 Lambda, PS-3200, Delta, Polysix, EX8000, M1EX, M3R, 01/WFD, Guitar synthesiser Z3 and drum machines KR-55, KPR-77, PSS-50 & S3. Several of which I would have to say I've hardly ever heard of, models from around the end of the 1970's to early 1980's here in the main.

On to the sounds...

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