And so it is... another This Week in Neuro is upon us! It's our semi-weekly roundup of great sounding presets created by members of the Neuro Community for Source Audio One Series pedals. This time we've got a killer collection of presets created for a wide variety of pedals. There is a gorgeous ambient preset for the Ventris Dual Reverb, a pair of bouncing synth-pop bass sounds for the Spectrum Intelligent Filter, a thick and aggressive chord generator for the C4 Synth, an acoustic guitar friendly tone sweetener for the EQ2 Programmable Equalizer, and more...
"Razor King" - Collider Delay + Reverb - Created by Borstal
It's really not hard to make a beautiful sounding preset with the Collider Delay + Reverb. Since the Collider is one of the few Source Audio pedals with little going on in the editor that can't be controlled on top of the pedal, community presets are more rare than say, the C4 or Nemesis. So when we see Collider presets pop up, it makes us happy. In this example, Neuro user Borstal created a classic digital delay into hall reverb. Simple, classic, elegant, and very pretty to listen to.
"Rodent of Unusual Size" and "Compact Cassette Compression" - Ultrawave Multiband Processor - Created by Yukichan32
We were instantly intrigued when these Ultrawave Multiband Processor clips appeared in an Instagram post from Yukichan32 (his Instagram account is @shounen.yuki). It's always exciting to hear any Source Audio pedal with a synthesizer, but the fact that Yuki dove in so deep and took full advantage of the massive potential of the Ultrawave is extra thrilling. In the demo below, Yuki guides us through two Ultrawave presets he created, The first appears at 2:15 in the demo. It's a dingy lo-fi sound called "Compact Cassette Compression" that runs the Ultrawave's dual channels in series with the first channel handling compression and the second handling expansion. Running a compressor and an expander at the same time sounds counterintuitive, but it's certainly a cool experiment and it works. The second preset is Yuki's version of a ProCo Rat pedal called "Rodent of Unusual Size." You can hear the Rat preset at 0:59 and Yuki's explanation at 3:19.
"Piezo Acoustic Into a PA" - EQ2 Programmable EQ - By @ Archdale
Gotta admit, it was the title and description of this preset that originally piqued our interest. Here is what Archdale, the creator of the EQ2 Programmable Equalizer preset, had to say about it; "[This preset] makes my budget Maton Acoustic (EM225 for those interested) sound like a million dollars." But those are just words, right? We had to test this thing for ourselves and oooooh, we were pleased with what we heard. It will take a relatively thin sounding acoustic guitar and give it some beautiful body, as well as cut some the clanky attack frequencies that can dominate the sound of an acoustic guitar with a Piezo pickup. We recorded the example below through a bass amp so that we could approximate the wide frequency range of a large PA. You will first hear the EQ2 bypassed, then engaged at around 0:10.
"Uprising-ULTRA" and "Fuzz Phaser Filter" - Spectrum Intelligent Filter - By @ultrakcy
A pair of fantastic presets from our friend Changyong (Ultrakcy is his Neuro name) of Ridin' Bass (our Korean distributor). He used the Spectrum Intelligent Filter to capture the bass sounds of two great recordings. The first is called "Uprising-ULTRA" and was inspired by "Uprising" from the band Muse. It's a wickedly fuzzed out, filtered, and octave down sound that perfectly nails the synth bass sound of the original track. You can hear the Spectrum mixed into the track at 5:25 in the video, and by itself at 0:55.
The next preset - "Fuzz Phaser Filter" - replicates the bass sound from the song "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake - if you live on a planet called "Earth" you've probably heard it. The name of the preset says it all, there's fuzz, there's phaser, there's filter. Like the Muse preset, this one is also very synthesizer-ish - it's not a pure synthetic sound like you might get out of the C4 Synth, but it certainly does the job.
"Smooth Swells" - Ventris Dual Reverb - By @miguelito
A nice bit of whooshing and whirling ambience from the Ventris Dual Reverb. This wonderful dual reverb preset created by Miguelito is a perfect tool for conjuring gorgeous floating chord pads with smooth blooms and magically lingering sustain. What we've got, is a 100% wet signal coming from the Ventris' Swell engine cascading into the Offspring engine - both are set with a heaping helping of sustain. Depending on the impedance of your guitar, you will want to visit the Neuro Editor and adjust the Output and Envelope Gain of the Swell reverb until you like the feel of the swell. Once you've dialed it in, beautiful ambience is just a strum away.
"Hypnotic Pad Sweeper" - C4 Synth - Created by Synphonicaloops
A beautiful major 7th chord pad that works very nicely with a guitar, a wind instrument, or really anything that can produce a note for a the C4 Synth to work with. Synphonicaloops' preset takes advantage of the C4's ability to add intervals and harmonies to create a lush, balanced, peaceful, moody, vibed-out pad sound. The hard attack of a guitar adds body to the beginning of the pad, while playing a wind instrument creates more of a textural swell, all while the pad itself remains tonally unchanged. Now I want to make a chill-hop track. Or a soundscape for the next Blade Runner movie. The first clip of the two clips features "Hypnotic Pad Sweeper" with guitar, the second is with clarinet.
That's it for now. We're always on the lookout, so keep publishing those presets. And don't forget to embed Youtube or Soundcloud links with your published presets - there is a field at the bottom of the preset publishing popup window where you can paste the link. The rest of us want to hear you demoing your preset!!
See you next time!