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I bought this processor in about 1991, and used it quite a bit for the rock band Iconoclast. Here are a few patches I created. All of these samples were recorded by running the GP-16's output through a Hughes and Kettner Red Box (the older MK I version), then into the computer.
|Rush - The Spirit of Radio||(185K mp3)|
|Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire||(183K mp3)|
|Genesis - Firth of Fifth||(354K mp3)|
The distortion programs in the GP-16 are very bright and buzzy. I used this trick to make them sound better. In the patches where the "picking filter" is not being used as an auto-wah or a pedal-wah, I put it after the distortion and used it as a fixed lowpass filter to remove the buzz from the distortion. Like this:
Dist/Overdrive Picking Filter ┌────────────────┐ ┌───────────────────┐ │ b. Overdrive ├─────────>│ Sens = 0 │──────> │ Tone = 0 │ │ Cutoff Freq = 48 │ │ Drive = 14 │ │ Q = 1.0 │ │ Turbo = On │ │ Up/Down = Down │ │ Level = 100 │ └───────────────────┘ └────────────────┘
Here is a scan of the "BRANK CHART" in the back of the GP-16 owner's manual, intended for writing down patch settings. Yes, it really says "BRANK". I couldn't berieve it.
Here is a ZIPped Sysex file with all my patches: (4K ZIP)
Here is a newer ZIPped Sysex file, similar but not identical to the above: (4K ZIP)
I recommend using the free program MIDI-OX to play and record Sysex files into and out of your GP-16.