The Patchbay has announced two sound packs by Norway-based producer of ’80s inspired synth-pop and retro emotions, Espen Kraft.

Kawai K3/K3m features a collection of 50 brand new patches (tones) for all kinds of genres, including soundtracks, ambient music, games, pop, and more.

The Kawai K3 and K3m (module) is a fantastic hybrid synth from the mid 80s. It has digitally stored waveforms and analog filters. It’s in the ballpark of the Korg DW-8000, Prophet VS, PPG and the Ensoniq ESQ. The K3/K3m has the most firm and solid low end of any synth that came out of the 80s and it’s a secret weapon that deserves more recognition.

These patches are in a sysex format and I’ve included both the individual sysex files as well as the complete sysex bank. I refer to the Kawai K3 manual for how to upload these files into your K3/K3m. Just to be clear, these patches will NOT work for any other Kawai synth like the K1, K4 or K5000. These are totally different synths.

Also available is Korg Dw-8000 Vol. 2, which contains 64 patches for the 8-voice polyphonic hybrid digital-analog synthesizer.

My first bank of patches for the DW-8000/EX-8000 has been a great success for me and I’ve felt inspired to make further patches for these fantastic hybrid synths from the mid 80s.

Patches are in a sysex-format and you can find a video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you’re unsure of how to load these in. These patches will also load into the Full Bucket Music FB-7999 free plugin that emulates the Korg DW-6000/8000.

The sound packs are available to purchase for £12.95 GBP each.

More information: The Patchbay