How to Sync Up Reason With the Korg ESX-1

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How to Sync Up Reason With the Korg ESX-1
The ESX-1 includes 192 preset MIDI patterns. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The Korg ESX-1 sampler is used primarily as a hardware sampling device for infield recording. The sampler can, however, be connected to a computer as a MIDI device. Users can transfer MIDI sample patterns from the device to the Reason recording application. This is performed using the Korg's "Data Dump" function. It only takes a few minutes to begin transferring MIDI patterns to the application.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • MIDI USB Interface
  • MIDI-to-USB cable
  • MIDI-to-MIDI cable

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  1. 1

    Insert the MIDI cable included with the interface into the "MIDI Out" jack on the device. Insert the other end of the cable into an open USB port on your computer. Insert a MIDI cable into the "MIDI Out" jack on the ESX-1 sampler. Insert the other end of the cable into the "MIDI In" jack on the USB interface.

  2. 2

    Plug the interface and sampler into the nearest electrical socket. Turn both devices on. Turn on your computer and then open the Reason application. Click "File" and then select "New." Click the "Create" menu, and then select "Create Instrument."

    Choose any instrument patch from the sound library. It does not matter which you choose.

  3. 3

    Press the "Global" button on the ESX-1. Press the "UP" arrow next to the LCD display until it reads "MIDI Ch." Turn the dial to set the MIDI channel.

  4. 4

    Press and hold the "Global" button on the sampler. Hold down the "Shift" key on the sampler and then press the "15" key. Turn the dial until the LCD display reads "Dump." Press the "15" key again. The LCD displays the "MIDIDump" message.

    Turn the dial to move through the MIDI sound banks on the sampler. Press the "15" key again to start transmitting the data. The pattern will appear in the MIDI track you created within Reason.

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