Working With Presets
Working with presets is a great way to speed up the creative process and enhance your workflow when working in the studio. The obvious reason being that “some” of the heavy lifting is already done, and essentially there’s no need to start from Ground Zero. A simple analogy that comes to mind would be doing some prep work before cooking. Having everything “ready to go” makes the whole process go a lot smoother.
My guess is that many of you are already doing this, and have your favourite plug-ins set up with a handful of useful presets that can act as a great “starting point” to build upon. But this doesn’t just apply to plug-ins.. Having some basic Instrument’s that are set up and ready to go is also extremely useful. But in this case, we not only have to consider the preset within the V.I. - but also any additional FX processing that we’d like to add in our DAW.
Working With Virtual Instrument Presets
One question that I get asked a lot by colleagues and some of my viewers is “what’s the difference between Storing/Exporting a Preset vs Storing/Exporting an Instrument+FX Preset?”
Well - Here’s the simple answer. Most Virtual Instruments offer built in effects such as EQ, Reverb, and Delay. So these would obviously be recalled when storing a preset. But in certain cases, it may be preferable to utilize additional plug-ins and FX chains. An example of this would be using either 3rd Party plug-ins, or Native Studio One plug-ins for the above tasks.
Furthermore, if we take a look at Multi-Out V.I.’s then there are other aspects to take into consideration as well, such as the multi-Out routing, Channel names, etc.
In this regard, using Instrument+FX Preset’s can REALLY come in handy.
In this video I demonstrate how (and why) to work with Instrument+FX Presets in PreSonus Studio One. More specifically, how they differ from using traditional Presets.
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