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About John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl

I started with music at an early age – piano lessons started when I was 4 years old. Both of my parents worked in music stores all my life. I owned a MiniMoog and witnessed the introduction of the Yamaha DX-7 during my teenage years.

After graduating from the local community college, I moved to Seattle and worked at a music store as both a Yamaha Music School teacher and a sales person (both acoustic pianos and the early MIDI synthesizers). I created custom patches for my customers (so they would buy from me!), and taught free synth programming lessons. My first library was a custom set of samples for the Korg DSS-1 – I even advertised in Keyboard magazine and shipped a few copies to customers across the USA!

A Korg Production specialist that I became friends with, saw what I was doing and needed help because the Korg M-1 had just been released! He helped get me a job with Korg, and I relocated to Los Angeles in 1988. Now, 28 years later, I’m still on this awesome journey of making sounds and teaching people how to communicate with electronic circuits in musical way…

This is what I’m supposed to be doing and I LOVE what I am doing!


Hardware and Software-based Synthesizers I have worked on

  • Korg M1 (PCM and Patch Sound Cards)
  • Korg M3R (factory voicing)
  • Korg O1W Series (factory voicing)
  • Korg Trinity Series (factory voicing)
  • Korg Triton Series (factory voicing and PCM Sound Cards)
  • Korg Wavestation (factory voicing, PCM and Sound Cards)
  • Korg Wavestation A/D (factory voicing)
  • Korg Wavestation WSSR (factory voicing and PCM Sound Cards)
  • Korg S-3 Component Drum Machine (factory voicing)
  • Roland JV-1080 (HipHop PCM Expansion card (created of the loops))
  • Korg KARMA Workstation (factory voicing)
  • Yamaha TX-16W (sample libraries)
  • Roland V-Synth V1 (factory voicing)
  • Roland XV-5080 (factory drum kits)
  • Alesis DM Pro (factory voicing of kits)
  • Korg Wavedrum (DSP algorithm design and factory voicing)
  • Korg Z-1 (factory voicing)
  • Korg OASYS (factory voicing)
  • Korg M50 (factory voicing)
  • Korg M3 (factory voicing)
  • Korg TR (factory voicing)
  • Spectrasonics Atmosphere Plug-In (beta testing & limited voicing)
  • Spectrasonics Trilogy Plug-In (beta testing & 200+ synth bass patches)
  • Spectrasonics Omnisphere (beta testing and limited voicing)
  • Camel Audio Alchemy (beta testing, factory and patch bank voicing)
  • Native Instruments Absynth (voicing on v1 of Absynth (pre-NI) & voicing for Absynth Sounds Vol. 1 )


Drum Loop and Sample Libraries


Music, Sound Rhythm and Remix programming

  • Hans Zimmer
  • James Newton Howard
  • Harry Gregson-Williams
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Madonna
  • Mariah Carey
  • Whitney Huston
  • Richard Marx
  • Ambrosia
  • Boys II Men
  • Randy Jackson
  • Jon Stevens
  • Freddie Hubbard
  • Freddie Ravel
  • The Yellowjackets
  • Sandy & Junior

Plus work on over 50 Commercials providing music, SFX, foley and sound design.

I am also a Semi-Pro photographer with a passion for nature and all living things. I’m even known to get up way before sunrise and drive somewhere to stand in water waiting for the sun to come up. I have framed photos in a couple locations in Portland that are for sale.


My GOAL

The ultimate goal of PlugInGuru is to get into your hands powerful, inspiring patches for plug-ins so that you can get inspiration from having new sounds to work with – it really is that simple!

On top of this, I am committed to making unique tutorial and patch walkthru videos that will show you HOW a plug-ins works so that YOU can better understand how to get the most out of these incredible Virtual Instruments.

All this support is created by John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl.

PlugInGuru.com does not offer any technical support for any plug-in. If something is not working right with a plug-in, contact the company that makes the plug

I currently live in Portland Oregon.

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