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Re: What's your opinion on Presets ?
« Reply #45 on: January 09, 2016, 05:11:38 am »
No problem with presets here.  I create my own, modify existing ones, or occasionally use them straight up if they're exactly what I need.  I don't discriminate.
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Re: What's your opinion on Presets ?
« Reply #46 on: January 09, 2016, 08:02:35 am »
It really depends on your needs and goals, but generally I take a practical view to presets. There is nothing inherently wrong with using presets, the right sound in the right context is all that matters.

However, if your desire is to develop a unique voice as an artist, you will probably be well served to create a lot of your own custom presets and custom sound libraries (in addition to using built-in presets that you like.) If you are beginner don't fall into the trap of acquiring an endless amount of VSTi's - focus on learning a few synths at deep level so that you can at least competently modify presets that you like to suit your needs.


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Re: What's your opinion on Presets ?
« Reply #47 on: January 09, 2016, 10:14:47 am »
Presets are very helpful, but in the future I'd rather make and use my own. It is more challenging and fun that way.

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Re: What's your opinion on Presets ?
« Reply #48 on: January 10, 2016, 12:02:48 pm »
I rarely use presets, honestly because I don't like many of the factory sounds. I have my own preset banks I've made, but sometimes I prefer starting from scratch anyways. Sometimes starting from a preset feels limiting or that it constrains the direction of sound design (for me, at least).

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Re: What's your opinion on Presets ?
« Reply #49 on: March 02, 2016, 12:58:00 am »
Keep it musical, if that basic preset sounds better than the more unique sounds you tried then go with it. Don't get stuck in that place where you're just doing things differently for the sake of it without thinking of the track; people can hear that right away.

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Re: What's your opinion on Presets ?
« Reply #50 on: March 02, 2016, 03:32:38 am »
I think presets are a good choice for beginners who don't really have an ear for sound design or synth programming. They're the equivalent to me of guitar tabs. As training wheels they do their job but eventually you want to take them off as you get more familiar with sound design.

The reason why I like presets is because they can help you discover new sounds that you didn't think were possible.
The reason why I dislike presets is because they overcomplicate the amount of choices you have to choose from. (At least for me when I was a beginner)

I remember being so overwhelmed by sound design when I was first starting off because of how many presets there were to choose from in instruments like Massive or Sylenth. Once I realized that the majority of these presets were just variations of a square wave or a saw wave it simplified dance music instrumentation so much for me.

When I choose my sounds I like to browse through the ones I've already memorized in my imagination. In the same way I imagine drums or a bass in my head I do the same with commonly used synthesizer sounds. (supersaws, plucks, leads etc...) I find this method to be much faster than browsing through 100's of presets hoping that I come across the right sound.

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Re: What's your opinion on Presets ?
« Reply #51 on: March 03, 2016, 05:42:58 am »
In general I dislike them simply because I enjoy sound design so much and experimenting. But at the same time I'm not opposed to using one or 2 where need be. I'm just against people in general only using presets and never learning any sound design. Be creative! But if you hear a sound that you vibe to and would just be PERFECT, then use it! Why pass up a sound that you love? :)

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Re: What's your opinion on Presets ?
« Reply #52 on: March 04, 2016, 01:16:58 pm »
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Re: What's your opinion on Presets ?
« Reply #53 on: March 06, 2016, 11:33:18 pm »
I use presets all the time, simply due to the fact that they make my workflow 10x better. When I have an idea in my head, I wanna get it down quick as possible, and sometimes going through presets can help find a sound in my head that I can't quite get down.

I do however, almost always tweak them in someway or another to fit whatever I'm doing. But when you're trying to get a rough idea of a track down, sometimes going through like 10 lead presets to find something quickly can seriously help moving on to the next thing in a project, rather than spending an hour trying to make the exact sound you want.

I do however think its kinda cheesy when you listen to a track and you recognize a preset right away. And I respect people who make their own sounds themselves from scratch.
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