Well, hello there! Thanks for checking out the latest edition of This Week in Neuro, our semi-weekly roundup of cool new presets published by the Neuro Community. This time we've got an excellent collection of tonal treasures that include a superb take on the Alesis Quadraverb's legendary "Taj Mahal" preset, a spot-on replication of the synth bass effect from the Nine Inch Nail's song, Closer, a mega drip-droppy spring reverb sound from deep inside the True Spring Reverb, and a powerhouse fuzz/synth tone that begs for heavy riffing. Killer tones await, people....
"Tajchocolate" - Ventris Dual Reverb - Created by Crims1
A simply divine Ventris Dual Reverb preset created by Crims1 (a.k.a. Cristiano Bisignano) for the Ventris Dual Reverb. Cristiano based this sound on a much-loved stock preset for an Alesis Quadraverb called, "Taj Mahal." We spoke briefly with Christiano, and he shared his thoughts on this legendary piece of 1980s studio rack gear, "That reverb sound became a sort of legendary unicorn that many people chased (myself included), especially niche fans of the old-school digital reverb units. Being a first generation digital unit, the Quadraverb had low bitrate algorithms that made the sound very thick and quite distinctive, with a touch of chorus in its tails." A lot of guitarists associate the Taj Mahal preset with the work of Jeff Buckley. The Quadraverb is all over his album, Grace. "Tajchocolate" runs the Ventris' Hall L reverb and Shimmer reverb in parallel, both with a healthy dose of sustain and a nice amount of pre-delay, to give it a marvelous blooming effect.
...and just for referance (and because we'll never turn away from an opportunity to revisit a legendary Jeff Buckley performance), here is a live recording of Jeff Buckley Live at Wetlands in '94. It is a shining example of Buckley's use of the Quadraverb. The intro to this song (an instrumental titled, "Chocolate") marvelously highlights the magical sparkle of the Taj Mahal effect.
"Nine Inch Nails: Closer" - C4 Synth - Created by Matiasahonen
Wow! Matias Ahonen completely nails the bass line from the Nine Inch Nails classic, Closer with this C4 Synth preset. Matias explained some of the details in his preset description, "You will need an expression pedal for the filter control. Also, add some auto-panner or stereo tremolo and you are close(r) to the original." If you don't have an expression pedal, it is possible to turn off the expression control and use an envelope to control the filter modulation, but an expression pedal really does bring this sound to life. The preset has two Square wave oscillators - both set down one octave - combined with a 4 Pole Low-Pass filter. The expression pedal simultaneously controls the filter's Frequency, Modulation Depth and Q - it is a very organic and sinister sound. If you search on YouTube for "NIN Closer bass cover" you will find a bunch of videos talking about how they nailed the song's bass line, but really, none of them even come close to Matias's version... just sayin'...
"VB Thicc Garbage" - Spectrum Intelligent Filter - Created by Cdpatty
Octave, fuzz, and phasing; the trifecta of heavy riffing. This Spectrum preset was created by cdpatty. It hit us right in the gut so we took it for a spin and recorded a clip for y'all. The octave down gives it a fat heavyness, the fuzz hypes the sound right up, and the dreaminess of the 4-pole low pass filter is the spit-shine that makes it all worth listening to. In honor of the preset's name (Thicc Garbage) we played some trashy riffs which just sound super full, heavy, and fun.
"Morph Cave" and "Foggy Swamp" - Ventris Dual Reverb - Created by Flip362
Our old friend Flip362 (a.k.a. Sean Folk) is back with some beautiful presets for the Ventris Dual Reverb. Sean is no stranger to Source Audio and the Neuro Community, we have shared some of his presets in previous editions of This Week in Neuro. He was also one of our Featured Neuro Artists. What is a Featured Neuro Artist? Well, I'm glad you asked. We often like to focus our attention on musicians that publish a lot of great One Series pedal presets with the Neuro Editor. It helps when they also embed Youtube or Soundcloud links with the published presets (Here is more info on embedding sound clips with published presets).
Sean recently posted a whole suite of Ventris Dual Reverb presets. We originally planned to post only one, but it was just too difficult to pick a favorite, so here are three sound clips. All three presets are beautiful ambient tones that take full advantage of the Ventris' dual signal processors by combining two reverb types in parallel or series. Morph Cave features two Offspring reverbs in parallel to create an offbeat hybrid between delay and reverb, Foggy Swamp uses a Shimmer reverb set down one octave for a deep and ominous, ambient effect, and Long Haul combines a lush Hall L reverb with a Modverb effect for an animated, long-lingering reverb trail.
"How Soon Now Cow?" and "Machine Drip Drap Drop" - True Spring Reverb - Created by RadioFreeNova
A pair of ear-snatching True Spring Reverb presets from RadioFreeNova. Both of these presets draw from some of the lesser known powers of the True Spring. "Machine Drip Drap Drop" is built on the Drip Machine, one of the additional reverb engines found in the Neuro Editor. This preset's insistent "drip" effect generates a haunting echo that sounds like it might have come from a delay pedal, a completely mind-bending delay pedal. "How Soon Now Cow?" combines a Short Spring Reverb with a maxed-out Optical Tremolo to replicate the legendary Johnny Marr guitar part in The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" It is un-human and it needs to be loved.
That's all for now! Big THANKS to all the creators of this week's featured presets. Keep the published presets coming - we are always on the lookout for interesting new sounds from the Neuro Community. See ya' next time!!