Welcome back to another installment of This Week in Neuro! This Week In Neuro is a deep dive into the Source Audio Neuro-sphere—the world of preset sharing and creation--featuring some sweet preset statistical graphs for your inner data nerd, a Top 5 Presets list showcasing some of our favorite presets published this week (more or less), and any other Neuro-related information we feel is share-worthy. This week, we're taking a look at presets published from June 21st to June 28th.
If you recall from last time, the C4 blew everything out of the water in the preset game. This week, it appears to be taking a bit of a breather, and a new worthy competitor has surfaced: the Collider Delay+Reverb. 8 inspiring new Collider presets have been submitted to the Neuro sound library, and I had a really fun time creating clips for some of these—so many of these Collider tones y'all are finding just bloom straight from under the fingers.
An up-and-comer in the overall "power rankings" this week (something that totally does not yet exist outside of my mind) is the Aftershock Bass Distortion! 5 out of 29 novel presets published this week, just over one sixth, were Aftershock presets. We love to see one of our now-classics still churning out new sounds.
Speaking of that 29 figure...we need to talk, everybody. I know it's summer for approximately 80% of the world population, and I'm also out there on the patio sippin' margaritas while simultaneously grilling burgers and 'dogs on the BBQ every night. I get it. Who wants to plug in their board or pick up a guitar, when you could be beachin' it with the squad? But just think, every time you don't hit "Publish" on that cool new sound you came up with, a little Source Audio DSP chip cries. Our lead engineer programmed this reaction.
This week's Editor's Picks were such a treat to play around with! To be considered for a spot on the Editor's Picks list, all you have to do is publish a preset. That's it. Make it sound interesting, make it sound good, maybe even show us what it sounds like, and you're in business. This week's Editor's Picks go to...
"Lesliemr" by @mrelberson for the Mercury Flanger (or Gemini Chorus or Lunar Phaser): @mrelberson has cunningly used a Quad Chorus tone, did some S#&% to it, and ended up with quite the convincing Leslie speaker impression. I was impressed enough to play one of my favorite Leslie licks, Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun".
"Rocky Mountain Way" by @g-ruby for the C4 Synth: If you told me I'd be talking about a classic rock guitar tone for the C4 of all pedals, I guess I'd believe you, but only because I know how many crazy features that thing's editor has to offer. To clarify: yes, the C4 can do classic crunch along with all the synth and filter tones. @g-ruby has taken that even further by adding a swell envelope to the signal path, causing a volume swell every time you start to play!
"MUSE" by @jazzbyrd2 for the C4 Synth: Somebody get Matt Bellamy this pedal! It's been speculated that the C4 could act as a "Muse in a box" effect, but this mad lad actually went and did it. Check out my quick facsimile of the "Supermassive Black Hole" intro lick, using this preset:
"Floyd Dark Tape" by @jannich for the Collider Delay+Reverb: This preset doubles up on the Tape Delay for both sides of the Collider, creating a thick & fluttery delay tone that sits gently behind the guitar in the mix. Excellent for any combination of arpeggiations and chords.
"Flow" by @gbain25 for the Collider Delay+Reverb: OK, I'm going to be honest. I could have played in this universe you've created, @gbain25, for hours. Zoning out to that reverb tail, listening to the analog delay bounce around in the background will bring any listener or player to a quaint and dreamy place to live for a little while. Thanks for the vibes!
That's all for now folks, thanks for all the fun presets this week! As always, and as a general reminder, if you'd rather showcase your own playing rather than our added clips, feel free to submit your own YouTube or Soundcloud links when publishing your preset in the Neuro app!