What are some synths that sound amazing but the factory presets could be better?

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grandmasterbird
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Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:09 am

BBFG# wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:18 am
izonin wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:13 am
grandmasterbird wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:52 pm
Are there any you would recommend?
Adam Szabo has some nice sounds for Zebra2. :phones:
http://sound.artenuovo.com/padsheavena.html

https://www.luftrum.com/synthpresets/

https://www.theunfinished.co.uk/shop/zebra-bundle/

https://vintagesynthpads.com/ocart/Zebr ... ts_Patches

https://www.patchpool.net/uhe.html

There are also many from the user libraries for free.
Wow that's quite a selection! Will check those out. And the Adam Szabo presets. Thanks

Brother Greg
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176 posts since 18 May, 2016

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:57 am

I love creating sounds in mSoundfactory, especially weird and evolving ones. It may be the most versatile synth/sampler product around. But I don't think its preset library, which from what I gather is still mostly borrowed from sister synth mPowersynth, really shows off what this product can do. It's a product still in development, but it really needs a better show-me-what-it-can-do library.

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BONES
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Post Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:25 pm

I thought of one the other day - Tyrell N6. I installed it, went through the patches and thought it was pretty average. Some time later, I heard something here that sounded amazing, done in N6, so I gave it another go. Working from scratch on my own patches gave me a completely different experience and these days I rate it pretty highly.
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layzer
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Post Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:01 pm

the Akai AX80 hardware synthesizer
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canadian_moose
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Post Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:36 am

Serum presets are pretty bad. I purchased some new ones early on when I got it but the joy of serum is that it’s so easy to make sounds yourself due to the way it’s laid out and with the drag and drop etc.

I have tried (and own) a few others but Serum often wins because I have found it to be the easiest and most logical to use.

Sindikhate
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191 posts since 26 Jun, 2016 from London, UK / Hanover, Germany

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:34 am

Largo...
Largo...
Laaaaaargooo... shameful!
I like the dune presets that some have mentioned, they just need more people to patch for them (synapse). The TUC presets on u-he synths are some of my favorites and the first ones to look for and try when I check a new u-he synth.
Serum is ok-ish. Small library that needed updating a very long time ago. Some of the plucks are great.

Not sure how much I like the presets on bx_ober. I have to check knifonium this week as I am on the yearly sub train, but the stock presets on youtube videos were a bit meh.

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LoveEnigma18
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2685 posts since 12 Jan, 2018

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:49 am

1. Massive X - although they added a good number of presets with each update, I don't find the presets as diverse as the original Massive (not counting the number of presets here). But the new Massive X preset banks, Rush and Scene in particular, are superb - some stunning presets in them.

2. Pigments - underwhelming for such an awesome synth. But it does have a few presets which are beautiful.
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SynthRatings
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33 posts since 18 Sep, 2018

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:32 am

Hardware modulars with no preset memory :P
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Ploki
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2658 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:09 am

to me bazille.
It just sounds so god damn good when used in a less obscure or experimental way, but half of presets are weird noises and 80s FM trash

sure it does experimental stuff great, but it also does more straightforward amazingly good, but there isn't many presets highlighting it.

AnX
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Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:10 am

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SynthRatings wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:32 am
Hardware modulars with no preset memory :P
so no factory presets then :roll:

SamDi
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102 posts since 27 Apr, 2018

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:23 pm

When I think about it, I would even go more far. It's not just that presets are lame on a single synth. It's rather, that there are companies, where I regularly aren't impressed on the presets.

Top three companies for unimpressive presets:
  1. Arturia
  2. NI
  3. Uhe

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LeVzi
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Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:25 pm

vurt wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:03 pm
one ping only.
It is a hell of a ping though, no ?
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LeVzi
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2387 posts since 8 Jul, 2008 from UK

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:30 pm

I can't think of a single synth where the presets were crap, and I mean ALL presets were crap.

I've gone through most banks on the synths I own, and I always find some that are awesome, and a lot that are of no use to me, doesn't mean they are rubbish.

I write a very specific style of music (Terror) and tbh there are so few banks for it, you have to know a bit of sound design to exist. So factory presets in synths are going to be 95% useless to me. But I always check them out.

Rob Papens presets are the best for me. He really puts a lot into the banks
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SamDi
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102 posts since 27 Apr, 2018

Post Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:49 am

LeVzi wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:30 pm
I write a very specific style of music (Terror) and tbh there are so few banks for it, you have to know a bit of sound design to exist. So factory presets in synths are going to be 95% useless to me. But I always check them out.
Ah for Terror it's easy: just take the first preset sound you find, throw it through a limiter and crank it up to +30dB, then EQ some resonances in with highest Q for +20dB, then send it through a delay with feedback knob on highest value, after that send it through a distortion effect with square function curve, and maybe send it again through a limiter with +30 dB. Don't forget to raise Master volume slider, that the red area constantly is shining.

Voila, there you have the perfect Terror sound. Was a pleasure to support you.

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Tj Shredder
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4699 posts since 6 Jan, 2017 from Outer Space

Post Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:30 am

Its easier, just throw Trash into the signal path...

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