Hello my fellow pedallers, and welcome to This Week In Neuro! This Week In Neuro is a weekly dive into what's going on in the Neuro-sphere, 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. Let's get started! This week, for our inaugural installment, we're traveling back to some presets and data curated the week before.
To the surprise of almost no one, the C4 Synth is killing it in the preset creation department. Out of 47 total presets for all our combined Neuro-supported pedals, 18 unique presets were created the C4 alone this week, adding to its explosively expanding library of sounds.
Racking up 12 virtual hearts and counting, our most liked preset of the week goes to "Play That Funky Music", a C4 Synth preset by user @tay86 that undoubtedly takes inspiration from the song of the same title.
Each week, we're selecting five presets that stuck out to us for one reason or another that we'd like to share with you all. This week's Editor's Picks are:
"Synthytar? Fuz" by @flip362 for the Ultrawave Multiband Processor: A preset that works equally well on synth and guitar, OR a preset that merges the sound of a synth with the sound of a guitar. We're not entirely sure, but we think it's both. It's a sputtery drive sound with some very rich, "electric" overtones, and it really speaks to what the Ultrawave and its preset creators can come up with.
"E-Drone" by @bwondrak for the Ventris Dual Reverb: A dreamy dual reverb preset that marries two of our most ambient engines: E-Dome and Shimmer. Though, we'd like to argue that ANY engine can get ambient and spatial if you believe in yourself. #iwanttobelieve
"SnapAttack Comp" by @dickjonesify for the Ultrawave Multiband Processor: We get asked frequently "when are you guys going to put out a compressor pedal?" Well, @dickjonesify's "SnapAttack Comp" should be enough persuasion that the compressor module in the Ultrawave is enough to stand all on its own. In the following clip the Ultrawave is engaged at roughly 0:07 seconds.
"Dark Gloomy Ambient" by @ottowyrth for the Ventris Dual Reverb: Another deliciously ambient reverb preset for the Ventris, which really supports the quote "if you're going to use an effect, USE the effect". This preset combines an extra-long, extra-modulated Room reverb with a sub-octave Shimmer 'verb. Dark, gloomy, and ambient indeed. Don't take "gloomy" with a negative connotation, by the way. If you've ever listened to The Cure, you know that gloomy can be quite beautiful.
"STAR WARS" by @buzzment for the C4 Synth: Have you ever just searched "Star Wars" in the Neuro Community, hoping something would come up? If so, you'll no longer be left disappointed by an empty screen. There is now a Star Wars preset, and we're stoked because it reminds us of the era of the modular synths that the C4 was (more or less) based upon. So if somebody asks "is the C4 a vintage or modern-voiced synth?", you can respond with "Both".
A quick reminder before we go...
Earlier this month, we posted a rather large firmware update for the EQ2 Programmable Equalizer, which includes a new Low-Pass Filter mode, a new I/O routing option, a new Quick Frequency and Q access mode, and a few other small updates and fixes. Check it out on the Editors & Firmware page!
That's all for now, folks. Thanks for checking out our first ever This Week In Neuro post! There will be more to come. As always, keep on rocking and keep on creating, and if you have any questions or comments, hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org, open 7 days a week!