If you've seen the username "@quatschmacher", hopefully you conflate that with "preset legend". It is only fitting that our preset feed feature a couple presets from one of our biggest Neuro all-stars. @quatschmacher specializes in C4 presets, and knows the device and editor inside and out. The first preset to check out is his "QM Chorus 4a". In this clip, he's using a double-detune effect which creates a thick, "still"-like chorusing effect, coupled with a sweet-sounding short slap-back delay that helps to fill out each note.
The next preset is called "Spice of Life 6", the 6th installment in @quatschmacher's "Spice Of Life" bass preset series using expression morphing. Those slurpy filters make for an absolutely coveted 80s bass synth tone. Reminds me of Gary Numan, dare I say.
If you want to get inspired, go check out @quatschmacher's feed in the "Preset Feed" section. It's so neat to see how he goes back and continuously tweaks and revisits old presets. A true inventor!
I could listen to this all day! Check out @ambientendeavors' videos and presets if you're in need of something dreamy, ethereal, or hauntingly ambient. "AE_Haunt" pairs the Shimmer reverb engine with a subtle Oil Can delay that carries your signal further into the other realm.
In a similar vein, @ambientendeavors uses a stunning E-Dome and Oil Can pairing for "AE_In the Clouds". The drone from the cascading enormous Oil Can trails mixed with the reverb extends eons past the original guitar signal, calling back to it as if it were a former life that strayed off long ago.
"vrdl87's Slow Dancing" by @vrdl87
No, it's not a preset created by or for John Mayer (that would be awesome). What it is is a Collider Delay+Reverb preset inspired by the killer spring reverb effect on the opening chords of Mayer's track, "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room." We were blown away by the clip that @vrdl87 (a.k.a. Erik Vardal - the preset creator) recorded with this preset - so smooth. You gotta love the splashy spring reverb bounce that Erik achieved on those staccato "thwacks!" Mmmmm mmmm...
"chaka chan" by @markneary1
There's nothing like a good C4 preset that sounds just like a classic synth. Mark Neary has captured the 80s synth bass-style sound as performed by Bob Christianson on Chaka Khan's hit "What Cha Gonna Do For Me". He gets razor-close with our pedal, utilizing a sine + saw wave combo, some mild distortion, and a 2-pole lowpass filter on the sine oscillator. Hear it for yourself! @markneary1, thanks for putting this video together. Sounds great in a studio mix!
"Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!" This chilling pair of Collider Delay+Reverb presets is a reprise from the original Source Audio Collider demo video. The "Dracula: Parts 1" preset (you will hear it on the bass) combines a quick moving Reverse Delay with several repeats and a super-long E-Dome Reverb. "Dracula: Part 2" (on the guitar) features a murky Oil Can Delay mixed with an animate Lexicon Hall inspired reverb. The chilling atmospheric capabilities of the Collider make it an essential tool in creating haunting movie soundtracks.
A massive portion of the C4 Synth's development period was dedicated to making the C4's tracking/pitch detection as quick and accurate as possible. Months of testing, tweaking, and re-testing went into making the C4's response second-to-none. Case in point are these two excellent presets inspired by Pat Metheny's legendary guitar synth tone. Metheny famously used the Roland GR-300 Guitar Synthesizer to achieve his sound. Though limited in its tonal diversity the GR-300 excelled in its lightning fast tracking (reliant in no small part to the required GK-1 guitar pickup). These two presets revolve primarily around the Saw Wave Oscillators, with a touch of dry signal in the mix.
The first preset - titled, "Metheny GR Lead" - was created by @daschwar. The good folks from the Jazz Innovation channel borrowed the preset and created this excellent sound clip. That is some spot-on tracking.
The next preset - titled, "Metheny GR300 Lead" - was created by @suhrplayer. We borrowed the preset and put our friend (a superb jazz guitarist) Tristan Jantz in front of the camera to record this short n' sweet, Metheny inspired jam. This session was especially cool because Tristan brought in his groovy Gibson ES-175 and ES-335 - sweeeeet guitars... sweeeet synth tone.
"Frankenstein" by @jondom22
Boo! Happy Halloween, everybody. In honor of the most horrifying of all holidays, let's have ourselves a Spooky Neuro Preset Party! This preset marks the return of our man @jondom22 - he's been featured before. This preset combines a couple of Saw Wave Oscillators (one set an octave down), and a Monophonic Pitch Shifter set to a 5th (through a Gated Fuzz) - it all adds up to pure nastiness. The accompanying sound clip is fantastic - when we call it "spooky," we of course mean "spooky funky." Not positive if this was inspired by the Edgar Winter track, but it certainly shares a similar spirit.
Some great C4 Synth bass presets (that sound equally great on guitar) from our friend @Quatschmacher (a.k.a Peter Kenney)! Quatschmacher has a huge collection of great presets, but we want to focus on a couple of our favorites. "How I Wasted My Life" comes in two stages: a quick moving octave down Square wave oscillator followed by two slow moving Saw wave oscillators at higher octaves. The two stage approach creates a truly magical blooming effect.
"Kitchen Sink Bass 1" runs two saw waves through a band pass filter, but things get really interesting in the second half of the clip when an external expression pedal brings in an additional FM sine wave and runs two Band Pass Filters in parallel.
We highly recommend checking out Do Noise's Youtube channel - the guy is truly a fearless architect of sound. D.N. was one of the first to dive into the C4 Synth's Neuro Editor and really use it to its full potential. The result is this excellent collection of user presets that get into a ton of the C4's different sound features, from the programmable dual sequencers in "Octave Sequenced Bass," to the intelligent harmonization with "C7th Chords," to the alternate LFO wave shapes with "Dancing Filters." All his presets are super creative, fun, and may be just the thing you're looking for to add an unexpected twist to your latest recording.
Our friend Simon Francis is a bass effects guru. We first met Simon at the Boston Garden when he was using the Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter on tour with Ellie Goulding. Being a huge connoisseur of bass synthesizers there was no doubt that we would need to set the bar pretty high to meet his extreme standards. After a couple of hours with the C4, Simon reported back, "the C4 brings a depth of sound and a responsive feel/tracking that I have not encountered before... this a game changer." If you're a bassist with a passion for EDM, we highly recommend checking out Simon's presets. "Reese Bass" is a modern classic sound that gets its outer-dimensional feel by rubbing two pitch varied signals together, which brings the output in and out of phase, creating a sound that is fat as all Hell.
Simon's "Synth Bass" is spot on with that classic 70's bass synthesizer tone. Think about the early days of vintage Moog analog synth sounds. These are just a taste of the Simon Francis preset suite - we highly recommend checking out all of them.
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We want to hear what you are doing with our pedals. If you've made a cool preset, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: "New Neuro Preset") and provide your user name, preset name, and a link to your sound clip on YouTube or SoundCloud - we'll feature some of our favorites on this page.