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xx Recreating the ARP Pro Soloist with a Korg Krome
« Thread started on: May 3rd, 2013, 9:57pm »

I recently acquired a Korg Krome workstation synth and have to decided to recreate the presets of the Pro Soloist with it. I have an actual Pro Soloist, but it's 40 years old and won't last forever. So far I've sketched out the Steel Guitar, Fuzz Guitar 1, Telstar, and Trumpet presets. Check them out here:

https://soundcloud.com/matthew-clise/korg-krome-arp-pro-soloist

Any input or constructive criticism is totally welcome. I plan on assembling lots of Banks tones with this thing. I'm pumped to tackle the CS-80 sounds from Duke!
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xx Re: Recreating the ARP Pro Soloist with a Korg Kro
« Reply #1 on: May 4th, 2013, 06:07am »

They sound quite authentic! Did you use samples or only the tools within the synth to create the waveform sounds?

To be honest though, I didn't like the reverb that you used.. can't tell if the sound or the reverb was causing the "metallic" feel to the overall sound.

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« Reply #2 on: May 4th, 2013, 10:08am »

Great job...awesome bit of programming!!!


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« Reply #3 on: May 4th, 2013, 9:51pm »

Thanks for the compliments!

Yeah, I used a spring reverb which is giving it the metallic tinge. It sounded better through my reference monitors than it does on my computer speakers, so I'll mess around with it and change it.

As far as how I created the sounds goes, I built them up from the raw waveforms with the Krome's built-in synth architecture.
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xx Re: Recreating the ARP Pro Soloist with a Korg Kro
« Reply #4 on: May 6th, 2013, 06:54am »

Very impressive. Not an easy synth to emulate is the Pro Soloist, due to the rather unique architecture for some of the presets. I know because I've tried to emulate this instrument myself.

The Steel and Fuzz Guitar sound a bit dark to me, but it could be just that I'm just used to having the brilliance slider a bit higher on my Pro Soloist than you do. A matter of personal preference.
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« Reply #5 on: May 7th, 2013, 08:14am »

I tend to keep the brilliance slider about halfway up. I do agree that the fuzz guitar sounds a bit too dull. This sound is definitely a challenge. I've tweeked some things, including getting rid of the spring reverb. and I've programmed the harpsichord, violin, and mute trumpet presets. I'll try to get some more sound samples up soon.
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« Reply #6 on: May 7th, 2013, 12:34pm »

https://soundcloud.com/matthew-clise/korg-krome-more-arp-pro

Here are some more sounds. I brightened up the steel guitar and fuzz guitar 1. I tweeked the fuzz guitar patch a little more, too, trying to get it closer to the real thing. I'm getting closer I think. I put up the harpsichord, violin, and mute trumpet sounds that I've programmed as well. While I was at it, I tried my hand at the brass/strings mellotron combo for Watcher of the Skies, so I snuck a sample of that in.

Upon further review, I think that the attack on the steel guitar is a little too abrupt which introduces some weird artifacts when playing faster passages. I'll also have to mess around with the portamento settings. Maybe there's some anti-aliasing or something; the portamento is kind of rigid as it stands right now.
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xx Re: Recreating the ARP Pro Soloist with a Korg Kro
« Reply #7 on: May 8th, 2013, 07:53am »

That sounds better to me. smiley

I haven't done an A/B with the Pro Soloist but it sounds like you have really nailed the tone. I agree the attack sounds a bit abrupt on the steel guitar during those fast passages. The attack of Fuzz Guitar sounds a little bit abrupt too, although I realise the attack on the Pro Soloist is fairly abrupt.

With regards to portamento, I remember trying to emulate the curve of the ARP Quadra portamento on an Alesis Micron. I set the Quadra to the slowest portamento speed and played a long sweep up the keyboard. I then did the same on the Micron, tweaking the tracking generator until I matched the portamento curve of the Quadra. If the Krome has facilities similar to the Micron's tracking generator, you might be able to try a similar technique to emulate the Pro Soloist's portamento.
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 29th, 2015, 06:26am »

hey there! Last year I bought a Korg R3 and I'm very happy with it.

Recently I started programming some Prosoloist sounds with it. Is there any way you coul send me your patches or at least the knob values to lend me a hand? Thanks!!
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xx Re: Recreating the ARP Pro Soloist with a Korg Kro
« Reply #9 on: Dec 8th, 2015, 02:51am »

Very good and easily useable in a live situation - probably best I've heard outside of a hardware emulation cool
Not quite so convinced with the Trumpet but it's not far off.
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