Failed Muso has an interesting story about how sounds get sampled and shared, starting with a famous Korg M1 patch:
Remember that classic piano sound from 90’s house records? The ubiquitous Korg M1 Piano patch was the 90’s equivalent of the DX7’s EP patch or the Fairlight’s Orch5 stab.
A long time ago, a cohort on the KvR forum, a guy from Norwich by the name of Kriminal, sampled his M1 keyboard and made the piano patch available as a soundfont, I believe.
Being an avid Akai user, I asked him if I could convert to the Akai S5/6000 and Z Series formats, to which he agreed.
He goes on to explain how the samples ended up in EXS24 format, via Nick at SonicState.
Who knows where else the samples have landed…….
Download links at the Failed Muso site.