From what I understand, many of the patchbooks for classic synths are out of print, or hard to find. I am undertaking a project to recreate as many as I can find. If anyone has an old patchbook that they can post here (a dodgy photo would do) I would enjoy recreating it.
I already posted the DX7 patchbook here Implementing DX7 FM algorithms in VCVRack - #41 by ScreenSlave
and I have the one for the ARP Odyssey done; I am working on the ARP 2600 and one for the CS-80 (the pages in the user manual are very rough - it seems only a photocopy survives, even on the Yamaha website).
I am sharing these in the hope that people will find them useful, to preserve a part of synth history, and in the expectation that I am not infringing any copyrights. If you pass them on, please do it for free with no strings.
[EDIT]. I’ll add more here as I do them. Watch this space.
Not patch books, but manuals (some containing patch descriptions)
Synthesizer Manuals Collection
Collecting several hundred manuals in one location, this collection of information about Music Synthesizers spans over 40 years of technology and products. Most consist of information about programming, usage and operation of synthesizers, as well as software products that emulate synthesizers. Additional scans are always welcome.
(original 70s patchbook, rewritten for IOS virtual Korg MS20)
Welcome to the MS-20 patch book, created to supplement the original book published in the late 1970’s. The authors of the original book created examples that were relevant during that period but could never have dreamed how music and technology would evolve over the next 3 decades. This collection is aimed at more modern music genres demonstrating the MS-20’s continuing desirability more than 36 years later.
The patches in the book are derived from the KORG iOS application iMS-20, this gives a nice graphical view of the MS-20 panel making it easier to set up these great sounds.