Basic Sampling

Converting sound formats with Awave - Version 10.2

Create a Named Folder for your converted Sample on your Desktop
Open Awave converter and go to the Menu Bar – File – open file
Find your sample to convert and ‘open’
Highlight the first sample in the right hand pane
Go back to the Menu Bar - File – “save collection as”
Find your designated korg sample folder and ‘save’ the user bank to 
PCG – Korg Triton Bank File – Bank A.E OR Bank B.E. Either will do.
Open your converted sample folder and then open the ‘User Bank’ Folder. Inside that Folder is the KMP File [Multisample] that you will need to ‘Import’ your converted sample to your PA….

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Import a Range of ksf samples to a PA:

You have to create an instrument to be able to save it as a kmp multisample. Load all samples together and Highlight the sample's using the shift key into the right window of Awave. Highlight the sample's in turn and go to tools and ‘Create instrument wizard’, you have to assign single samples to key ranges. It can be done automatically for you by ticking the box - 'Auto create regions from waveform root keys'.  When you have finished each of the samples,  you will have an option ‘save collection as’... and chose PCG- Korg Triton Bank file - Bank A.E. OR  Bank B.E in the 'save as type' option box...
You will end up with new instrument .kmp and a new instrument folder with MS00xxxx.ksf files in your designated Folder.
 [TIP: You can also highlight all the samples and use the ‘Autocreate Instrument’ in the Edit Menu if you are happy with the program Default settings.]

You will then be able to Import the KMP into your PA......

This will only work in a Registered Version for multiple samples...You may only save single sample conversions in the Trial version...

 Using Awave for single samples onto a Triton:

Open Awave, go to open file (F3), load the sample you have.
Go to tools-Create instrument wizard, chose the name, go next, and next.
On the keyboard picture click and drag from lowest to the highest note (to select whole keyboard since you have only one sample, this way it will be spread over whole keyboard), click new region a0-c8, go to Waveform properties and set root key to C2. press ok and ok, "would you like to add one more layer?" No. Click finish. 

Select your new instrument in the left window, go to File-Save selected instrument as... chose a name and for save as type chose KMP-Korg map file. You'll end up with one file.kmp and a same name folder. transfer both of them on the sd card and insert into triton.

On TR go to menu and load file.kmp. Now if you haven't changed your presets go to program d127 it should be init program, press menu and F2 to go to ed-basic page, press F2 again to go to OSC tab, select High ROM and change to RAM, select your file there (it should be number 1). That should be it.

Basically we just created a multisample with only one sample over the whole keyboard, on C2 you'll have original pitch. 

 Importing your converted Sample to the PA Keyboard - The Basics:

Copy your named sample folders to a usb stick

Press the ‘sound’ mode button on the PA

Press the red ‘Record’ button on screen Rim....

Press the screen menu button [upper right pull down button]

Press ‘Import’ – NOT  the ‘Load’ option…

Select your sample usb drive and select your sample – open folder

-open until you see the KMP file [the multisample] Press ‘load’

Press screen Menu button again and press ‘exit’ – press ‘yes’ 

Note: you will not hear any sound on the keyboard at this time

Editing the new Sample:

Top left of screen is a small button that says SND

 Select a similar type of ‘sound’ from one of your banks to use as a ‘Template’.

 Play any key and you will hear the factory sound you just picked – 

not your new sample yet. 

Press the ‘Menu’ button on the Keyboard [not the screen]

Press ‘Basic’ on the screen

Changes to screen. Change ‘OSC’ count to 1 

Press ‘OSC Basic’ Tab

At the top of the screen, change the High ‘ROM’ to ‘RAM’ 

–Now it will show your new sample name.  

Same page below right, change the ‘Vel SW L->H: to ‘1’ to enable just the 1 sample to play. 

Press the keys, this is the new imported sample

Press Vel/Keyzone Tab - 

Change the velocity zone to 127 if necessary to ensure the sound plays at all velocities …

 Changing the new sound:

Press page Menu, Press ‘write sound’

Press the ‘T’ Button [text button] and name your new sound – OK

Press ‘select’ for you preferred location in the User area – 1 or 2

You can choose either an empty slot here Or overwrite a sound you may not like 

– OK and ‘yes’

Further Editing of your new sound

You now have a ‘Basic’ sound ready for further editing to your own taste

Further programming can be done in ‘Sound Mode’. 

Press the ‘sound’ button on the keyboard to bring it onto screen

Select your ‘sound’ and alter the various parameters and listen as you work. If you do something you don’t like and can’t quite get it back then 

Simply leave ‘sound’ mode by pressing the ‘style play’ button on the keyboard. Nothing will be changed.

If you do like your editing - Go to screen Menu and ‘Write’ the sound ….

By selecting a factory sound to base your new sample on, a lot of the programming already in the factory sounds is present in your new sound, so be careful and pick a factory sound that has similar characteristics that you need…….

Further Information:

If you are loading samples that are very similar to Korg pa ROM multisamples, try comparing those samples to the one you want to load. You could end up using samples already in ROM, with some minor tweaking of sound settings... There could be very little difference that could save you some RAM for sounds you really need.

-- You could try adding some effects to get sound better, or EQ settings...If the sound is ‘flat’ go to filter page and check the frequency settings or filter envelope...

There are lot of parameters to edit inside every part of the PA system...


A multisample is assigned to an Oscilator in the sound mode basic/OSC page. It is what actually tells that OSC what samples to play based on which key you play on the kebed.

Multisample’s are the samples ASSIGNED to the key range on the keybed depending on the sound quality you want AND the type of can use any number of Samples to make this happen, up to 61 (PA800) or 76 (PA2X).

The original key value is the note that was originally sampled. Then you assign it to that note on the keybed AND others lower and higher if you don't have a sample for each note. [This is done in the Multisample edit - page 38 of the advanced edit manual - obtainable from Korg website]

The samples themselves may need some editing depending of where they came from, see page 31-33 in the A E Manual.

The best way to see all this and learn it is to look at some factory sounds and all the things about them. However you cannot edit the multisample or samples that are in ROM as they are protected.

It is not recommended to convert samples recorded at one bit rate/ resolution to a different bit rate/ resolution. You will get aliasing problems that are audible as clicks or distortion. Always live with the originally recorded format. The highest quality will be from 16 bit samples recorded at a sample rate of 48 kHz. However a good compromise between quality and storage requirement is 8 bit samples at 48 kHz.

Triton sample format has a file system that goes like this:

ms00000.ksf - that is Korg sample file, basically it's an audio file of the note sampled

name.kmp - this is a Korg map file in witch you have mapping settings for .ksf files, which sample goes to what keys - It is a ‘multisample’.

xxxxx.ksc - This is Korg script file that is used for loading one or more .kmp (multisamples) at once. For Triton series keyboards, you load the .ksc file and it allocates multisamples to their correct places. This is not compatible with the PA. 

xxxxx.pcg - this is program-combi-global file where all the program and global settings are stored. A program is a multisample assigned to a keyboard with pitch, amp, filter and fx settings and envelopes.

PA can load Triton ‘kmp’ multisamples but after that you have to put it in a program. Also PA can load single programs from a Triton .pcg file but not every .pcg. Be aware that Triton series have more fx for single programs than PA so you will have to compromise on this. Triton Extreme has 5 insert fx and 2 master fx. 

Compiled by:

Keith Ball

Contributions with many thanks from:

Lee Simmonds

Nikola [Korg Forum]

Rob Sherratt

Nedim Zengo 

 Loading 'Wavs' into a pa Drum kit Step by Step!

Here's a step by Step for you....

1]Leave Style play mode and press the keyboard 'Sound' Button
2]Press 'Record' 
3]Screen Menu and press 'Load Sample'
4]Navigate to you wav sample and 'Load'
5]Press 'Write' on the Screen Menu and keep same name or change at will to the specific Drum family you want eg, Bass Drum, Snare Drum etc in the list
7]Press OK
8]Back to your Sound Screen + Press Menu Button on the keyboard
9]Press the 'Time Slice' Button -> Slice and 'Write to a location -> OK
10]Exit from 'Record' Screen via Screen Menu
11] Go back to style play mode and find your Loop in the slot you placed it in...... :)

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