We're back with another supersized installment of This Week In Neuro to make up for that good ol' summertime haze we've all been finding ourselves in. Here in Boston, we're enjoying the features of a nice early-August heatwave. It's not freaking us out, although we'd like to remind everybody to be constantly sipping on some water (or in my case, Topo Chico...can't get enough of that fizzy stuff!) and be taking some shade breaks if you're out in the elements.
Anyway, enough about the weather. Keep reading to find out about what's going on this week in Source Audio Neuro preset creation, and discover our 5 weekly editor's picks.
This week, the C4 Synth continues to reign supreme in preset creation, taking 15 of the 51 new published presets. Coming in a rather surprising second is the Kingmaker Fuzz with 9 new presets—we love to see the Kingmaker getting some love! We had another amazing stat this week: 320 new users created Neuro profiles this week. Since we're covering about two weeks here, that's about 23 new potential creators a day!
I'd like to create a new brief segment of This Week in Neuro this week. The new segment is called "Lunchtime Banter", since we have company lunches together (one of the things we missed most during lockdown), the topic is always something of interest and sometimes gets healthily passionate. This will hopefully be a recurring segment in future installments.
Today's Lunchtime Banter was on the topic of all things sweet: candy and chocolate. Some notable highlights:
-Some of us prefer fruity candies while others passionately prefer the chocolate realm.
-Our marketing director declared he "enjoyed eating Nerds, but wouldn't be caught dead doing it in public".
-At one point, there was a hearty debate over whether Tootsie Rolls were good, classic treats or "inedible" and "not even chocolate".
-The same individual who prefers chocolate over fruity candies declared that the "grandma mint" was the best thing from the Sweetwater candy bag. Others remarked these mints (the red & white circular ones) were "the lettuce of the candy salad".
I hope you've enjoyed reading about the inner musings and workings of the Source Audio Lunch Hour. Now, onto our Top 5 Editor's Picks of the week.
"Fuzz Face" - Kingmaker Fuzz - @ianbv
I noticed two things when checking out this "Fuzz Face" preset.
1. All the knobs, except for the EQ, were at noon
2. This preset cleans up GREAT on the guitar's volume knob!
Thanks for a simple yet very effective preset, @ianbv. I like that you choose to live life on the edge with this "all knobs at noon" concept. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
"hysteria" - Aftershock Bass Distortion - @ultrakcy
If you checked out last week's entry, you might be familiar with this video already! "hysteria" is part 2 of @ultrakcy's Dua Lipa - "Don't Start Now" bass tone. Normally in the marketing office, we listen to indie or punk and argue about who sang better in Van Halen, but these @ultrakcy presets have had us bopping "Don't Start Now" for hours and talking about how great the chorus, bass, and production is on this track.
Use this Aftershock preset to kick on augment the funky bass tone. He switches it on whenever the bass needs a bit more snarl and boost.
"Funky Space Out" - C4 Synth - @tay86
"Funky Space Out" is set up for bass, but we found it works great for the lower three guitar strings as well. "Funky Space Out" lives up to its name; it's a step-sequenced bundle of voices, some of which pitched down an octave, others are pitched up +7 semitones. The first two voices are set to the LFO you hear more prominently, but the second are set to an LFO that's the same step-sequence shape but half the speed of the first one. I've found this super inspiring for song & progression writing.
"VBOG Walrus Monument" - Vertigo Tremolo - @vandalbacon
Alright, @vandalbacon...because of this supremely awesome sound clip, we'll have to give you a pass for using another pedal's name in the preset title. :)
In "VBOG Walrus Monument", presumably inspired by the Monument Tremolo by our friends over at Walrus Audio, @vandalbacon dials up a Harmonic Trem sound on the Vertigo that is not unlike a sweet vibrato or a faux faux-Leslie. In lieu of the tap tempo on the Monument, @vandalbacon has setup this Vertigo preset to receive expression signal, which changes the rate with the sweep of the expression pedal. You can hear this harmonic, rate-controlled tremolo all over the clean guitar in this clip.
"no fast notes" - Ventris Reverb - @mattthecatt
Our very own @mattthecatt coming in clutch with a Ventris Dual Reverb preset to round out the week. "no fast notes" is a swirly and dirty combination of "Lo-Fi" and "Offspring". The Lo-Fi engine is doing a lot of the heavy lifting, providing a not seasick but surely drunken vibrato along with maximum distortion. However, the Offspring is serving an undulating, pitch-shifted pad that adds to the movement. The reason Matt is suggesting "no fast notes" is because you'll really want to sit back and listen to the swinging & swaying tail as each note or chord decays.
That's it for now, folks. Thanks for reading, and if you've enjoyed what you've read and want to be considered for a Top 5 pick, keep making awesome presets. Bonus points if you include a clip or video. See you all next week!