Welcome back to the place where we talk about all things presets and all things tone, with some general Source Audio tidbits sprinkled in. Our office has been buzzing the last couple of weeks with the fervor of new pedals and exciting ideas. That's right, the lab is brimming with new ideas...we're mixing chemicals with reckless abandon, uncovering ancient artifacts, learning how covalent bonds work...
Just kidding. Well, not about the upcoming new gear, but none of us actually work in a chemical lab or in archaeology. Let's talk about the preset!
For the third week in a row, the C4 Synth takes the #1 "Most Published" spot effortlessly. In a distant second places the Ventris, the OG of the in-depth preset creation game. As my sentimental favorite Neuro-equipped pedal, it's always uplifting to see it still holding its own coming up on five years after its release.
For fourth place, there was actually a four-way tie: the Nemesis Delay, Lunar Phaser, Ultrawave, and Ultrawave Bass all came in with 6 presets a piece under this span. How I like to approach tiebreakers in this circumstance is with recency bias; the pedal or pedals with the most recent preset gets the top spot.
The average new daily new Neuro users has steadily improved since last installation as well! Last update, we calculated an average of 23 new users per day. Over this 18-day span, 490 new users signed up for Neuro, leaving us with an average of 27-28 new users each day. Welcome aboard, new Neuro users, and thanks for discovering Source Audio! Continue reading to hear about the Top 5 Editor's Picks of the week, and hear some really fantastic preset clips.
"Nostalgia" - Ventris Dual Reverb - @t-rex_boulanette
Ever hear a sound or a song that takes you somewhere you may or may not have been, but it's a familiar feeling nonetheless? This long-winded emotion is what we think @t-rex_bolanette is evoking with this aptly-titled "Nostalgia" preset for the Ventris Reverb. T-Rex loves using the Echoverb engine in his Ventris presets, and this is a glorious example of that. I hear that he's a fan of early shoegaze stuff like Cocteau Twins, and I have to say, I think they'd definitely be into these reverb sounds.
"Warp Drone" - Nemesis Delay - @flip362
The Nemesis is the kind of pedal that can—and will—surprise you over and over and over again with new sounds that come out of it. And @flip362 is the kind of preset creator that can—and will—surprise you over and over and over again with new sounds that he comes up with. So it's no surprise that this Nemesis preset is a new tone I'd yet to have discovered, and now I need it in my life. Thanks, man.
"Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" - Lunar Phaser - @tomanger
We think we know which classic, orange box you're going after with this preset, @tomanger. :) Van Halen is a big topic of discussion here in the Source Audio marketing office. We're always picking on each other for liking Dave or Sammy over the other. But, one thing we need to talk about is this very song: is it a phaser, a flanger, or both? Growing up I always thought the whole tune was done through a Phase 90, but now I'm only hearing that midrange voice of the phaser in the guitar solos and lead parts. I think the "jet plane" sound in the main riff is actually Ed's MXR M117 flanger...what do you think?
"sayDIE" - C4 Synth - @dickjonesify
Wow. Remember what I said about discovering brand-new sounds? I know the Goonies "never say die", but they would if they used this C4 preset. Because this C4 preset says "die". Literally. This preset could be the newest Kanye single, not kidding. I love the way @dickjonesify's playing interacts with the envelopes and filters in his preset, sort of mimicking auto-tune and formant shifting. Who needs vocals? Who needs samples?
This preset features two Saw waves, one pitched up 3 semitones, and the other pitched up 5 semitones. There is also a monophonic pitch tracker running -1 octave. However, the star of the show is the "Triple Peak 4" filter, producing most of the "vocal" quality of this preset.
"Think Link (Wray)" - True Spring Reverb - @pcan
Our very own @pcan—our QA/QC and repairs tech, Paul—rounds out this week's featured presets. Paul is a big fan of vintage tone, and employs a 'less is more' pedalboard for his live gigging needs. Using that mindset, he often tries to squeeze the absolute most out of things, and push his gear to the max. So, I wasn't altogether surprised to hear he was trying to get some dirt out of the True Spring, only surprised about how good it sounded. Listen to how just cranking the "Dwell" control can introduce some sweet, sweet grit to our stock Fender Hot Rod.
Thanks for tuning in this week! We love listening to and playing through all these new presets week after week, and more than anything we love nerding-out on numbers, statistics, data and trends. So, thank you for indulging us. See you next week!