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Peter Urbanek Patches

You can download the System Exclusive file by clicking the above name. The file contains the patch data for all 100 patches, from 00 to 99, exactly as it came from the synthesizer. Here's a list of the patches inside:

(All samples were recorded from my Matrix-12 after auto-tune through Mackie 1402-VLZ PRO audio mixer to Sound Blaster Live! computer soundcard at 16 bit and 48kHz stereo sampling setting. No EQ, effects or arpeggiator was used. Only the middle C key was played with a moderate force. As different patches have different characteristics, different durations are allowed, varying from less than 1 second to a bit over 10 seconds, to preserve the whole pictures as complete and faithful as possible.)

*Please note that all the samples are for your private non-commercial use only.*

00: DEFAULT 01: VOICE1.0 02: VOICE1.1 03: VOICE1.2 04: VOICE1.3
05: VOICE1.4 06: VOICE1.5 07: VOICE1.6 08: VOICE1.7 09: STRIN1.0
10: STR1N1.1 11: STR1N1.2 12: STR1N1.3 13: SYNSTRIN 14: PHILHARM
15: FM-ORCH 16: FATENS 17: STREICH 18: SOFTSTRI 19: SYNT1.0
20: SYNT1.1 21: SYNT1.2 22: SYNT1.3 23: SYNT1.4 24: 5YNT1.5
25: SYNT1.6 26: SYNT1.7 27: POWERSYN 28: WONDERSY 29: SOLO
30: SOFTBASS 31: BASSSSSS 32: DARK 33: SYNBASS1 34: BIG BASS
35: BASS1 36: WOODBELL 37: BBAASS 38: BIGBAND 39: BIGBAND+
40: PUBRAZZ1 41: PUBRAZZ2 42: PUBRAZZ3 43: BLAESER 44: SYNFLUTE
45: ENS1 46: ENS2 47: ENS2+ 48: WOW 49: FULL1.0
50: CHURCH.1 51: CHURCH.2 52: CHURCH.3 53: CHURCH.4 54: CHURCH.5
55: NO BX3 56: BX ORGAN 57: PX ORGAN 58: ORGAN1.0 59: ORGAN1.1
60: JOY 61: GEN-VAR 62: HOLE 63: PERCSYNT 64: BELL
65: SILENT 66: MOODCHAN 67: JOY-1 68: NO SENSE 69: BACKGROU
70: DIGI-XP 71: CLASSIC 72: BARPIANO 73: MYSTERY 74: INVADER
75: INVADER+ 76: PHONECAL 77: VATIKAN1 78: VATIKAN2 79: SPAIN1
80: SPAIN2 81: NO PIANO 82: SPAIN3 83: COMPING 84: SOLOPERC
85: SPACELAB 86: VARISPEE 87: SPACE-FL 88: J.STRAUS 89: VOYETRA
90: SIMPLE 91: SYNGUITA 92: ROBOTWAR 93: GEDULD 94: HARDSYN
95: NO GROOV 96: ON STAGE 97: REVERB 98: ZUPFER 99: PATTERN

Review by Mike Metlay

Peter's patches tend to be organized in sets, with several subtle variations on a theme, and named accordingly: VOICE 1.1, VOICE 1.2, etc. It seems that when a patch deviates enough from the basic form, he gives it a name of its own and groups it after the others of its ilk. For this reason, Peter's patch tape is organized quite neatly, making it easy to audition all of a particular type of patch. Heavy use is made of both Levers, both Pedals, Pressure, Velocity, and Release Velocity on many patches, for effects ranging from vibrato to ENV shape changes and resonant sweeps on note attacks. It should be noted by all that to Peter, "vibrato" means everything from triangle-wave warbles to deep noise-wave growls. His Multi Patch setups are meaningless: they're left over from the factory patch tape. Blanking them would've been nice.
In contrast to the previous set, the patches here bear little resemblance to the sounds after which they're named. Each sound group, like VOICE, STRIN, CHURCH, etc., appears to describe the general character of a sound rather than it's true intent. Peter seems to enjoy the "analog synthesis for its own sake" approach to programming; he eschews realism in favor of timbre.

And what timbres-thundering basses, blasting church organs that seem to belong to any church I've ever heard of, bizarre sound effects (though not on the level of the next tape reviewed) with random LFOS, rich filtered string pads ... all heavily overlaid with a grimy analog crunch that threatens to bury the listener. There are a few slightly altered factory patches as well, but these have also fallen to Peter's grim analog touch.
In fact, there aren't that many different kinds of sounds on this tape; it has a definite "one flavor" feel to it throughout, and that flavor doesn't lend itself to realism, so if you're looking for variety or realistic sounds, look elsewhere. But if you want to learn exactly why no digital synth can cross an Xpander and live, these sounds would be a fine place to start.