Breaking out of the preset rut


Michael Weeks has written a useful article: Ten Ways to Break out of the Preset Rut in which he offers hints for getting away from a synth’s presets and creating original, signature sounds without a huge headache.

His ten points (read the article for more information) are:

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  1. Read the manual
  2. Look at the presets, analyse, and disassemble
  3. Start simple and then go crazy
  4. Randomise
  5. Effects
  6. Chaos as structure
  7. Using a sequencer to define a sound
  8. Outboard vs. software – out of the box and back in again
  9. Outboard vs software part two – run your mothballed keyboards through fancy VSTFX
  10. Simplify and diversify