Mini Patch Design Competition Idea

VST, AU, AAX, etc. plug-in Virtual Instruments discussion
1259 posts since 25 Nov, 2003 from London

Post Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:39 am

Some thoughts:

-Huge amount of effort by the devs here to build plugs
-Little effort from most of the rest here to post presets
-KVR patch database is rather thin
-Patcharena appears to be dead - at least no updates for a year or so
-KVR has become the dominant forum in its field in a way that very few forums do, so it would seem the ideal place to have patch banks
-Increasingly common for freeware plugs to have NO presets!
-A lot of recent complaining about the price of commercial banks
-Judging by the posts, there should be a huge amount of patch designing talent here - or perhaps it's all hot air???? :)

So how about a mini patch competition? Maybe the mods here pick one freeware plug-in every fortnight or so, and everyone just submits ONE patch.

For synths, maybe the competition could have a theme - say "basses", "ethereal", or "tarnce".

Might also work for FX presets too - someone could supply a sample which could be a single instrument or a full mix depending on the plug-in in question.

Would need a volunteer to compile the patches into a bank, but there's tools to do that.

Devs could support the competition by offering one of their commercial synths as the prize for designing patches for one of their free ones.
Judging could be by vote or left to the mods, or the dev of the plug/prize.

Best patch wins!

Or maybe a competition isn't needed? With a little organisation it shouldn't be too hard to compile a load of banks with a little bit of effort from a lot of people.

5750 posts since 9 Jul, 2002 from Helsinki

Post Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:42 am

Good idea.

2041 posts since 22 Nov, 2003 from Mars, Solar System

Post Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:45 am

great. :)

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7606 posts since 1 Aug, 2003

Post Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:06 am

GREAT idea!


5016 posts since 6 Jan, 2003

Post Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:07 am

cool idea.

289 posts since 30 Apr, 2005 from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Post Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:34 am

Good idea indeed :)

I guess it would work the best if you would have a page dedicated to the contest, i.e not just a thread that gets buried and forgotten inside a forum.
That would probably get more attention from developers as well, because it's easier that way to really focus on the product we're patching for.

928 posts since 11 Mar, 2005

Post Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:44 am


5750 posts since 9 Jul, 2002 from Helsinki

Post Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:25 am

So how about just starting it? :hyper:

speccy pick a synth and we go!

4669 posts since 26 Sep, 2005 from U.A.E

Post Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:01 am

unify the fxb world..
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7606 posts since 1 Aug, 2003

Post Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:22 am

maybe we need a new thread with a clear title, indicating month of contest, and the synth to make patches for? should be made sticky IMHO.

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811 posts since 25 Apr, 2004 from Windsor, Ontario

Post Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:31 am

i like it; patches should probably have a dedicated forum.

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4450 posts since 12 Mar, 2003

Post Thu Aug 10, 2006 6:32 am

very good idea

26 posts since 13 Aug, 2006

Post Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:33 am


:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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759 posts since 10 Aug, 2004 from Fredericton NB

Post Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:56 am

8518 posts since 7 Apr, 2003

Post Sun Aug 13, 2006 11:23 am

best thing to do is setup a poll for which synth gets the first dibs on the patches. free only? and there should be a rule if there are already more than like 10 banks existing for a free product that are NOT random generations (like oatmeal has many banks but out of them only a few are original the rest are random ones) then that product should be disqualified.

like we dont need more synth1 patches for example :)

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