how do you rate Live's preset content?

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1 being teh suck 5 being Perfect

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how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by Tone Deft » Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:20 pm

given the Xmas freebie thread thought I'd put this out there. TBH I stopped looking at the preset clips years ago, none of it matches my style. I could maybe mangle them to please my ears but I just don't need to.

edit - I mean to refer to the clips and not instrument presets. IMO instrument presets are a given starting point to tweak from. IMO you have to be pretty good at synthesis to never use an instrument preset.
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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by chapelier fou » Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:43 pm

I don't see the point of using presets. i mean, making music is everything but using presets. Never tried any.
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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by Pasha » Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:05 pm

^^^
I'm just the opposite. I'm a preset addicted.
When Live 8 Library was released I was very happy, it was just something I was asking for
ages since L5. However having a big library for inspiration means you have more opportunities to tweak some and arrive to your particular sound. All depends on what genre you're after. That's way the bigger the library the more chances you have to find something that it's ok for you.
For me having presets means a lot and finally Live got into generic 'bread and butter' presets that the Joe user (aka myself) can use. That was for me the number 1 reason to upgrade followed by Multiband Compressor and few others.

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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by Tarekith » Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:05 pm

I never use the clip presets, though I do tend to use the instrument ones as starting points as you say. No reason to start totally from scratch each time if already know the type of sound I'm going for.

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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by wehkah » Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:35 pm

Instruments presets are even good to start up, i had never used the preset clips. 3 points

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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by Rationalizer » Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:40 pm

I don't have Suite so the only thing i've got is presets from the Ableton synths. I'm not too impressed with them tbh. I mean they sound ok and everything but I just haven't found them very useful on my tracks. So I voted 2.

Edit. Oops, didn't notice that the question was about clip presets. Haven't really used them so can't comment on those. :?
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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by agent314 » Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:00 pm

What ARE these clip presets you're talking about? Are they part of the EIC?

I've got Suite 8 download and to my knowledge I have never seen or used said clips

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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by Tone Deft » Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:47 pm

open the Library, it's the first entry in the list called 'Clips.' you might want to hit up Options-Repair Library to get all the content or to update the content.
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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by Hoffoman » Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:56 pm

I don't use the preset clips either. I don't much like Live's presets in general. I do however like session drums and the drum machines. Also the time designer delay presets are nice. I do really like the suite instruments and Live's effects. I find Live's effect racks are usually overly complex and find it easier to through my own together than to dissect the presets.

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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by UncleAge » Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:05 pm

I use instrument presets some, fx presets very little and clip presets never. It would not matter to me if they were good or not as I can't imagine a situation where I would use them.

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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by nathannn » Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:30 pm

i have not touched lives clip presets since maybe late 2007.
i guess i just forgot they existed.
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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by ze2be » Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:46 pm

chapelier fou wrote:I don't see the point of using presets. i mean, making music is everything but using presets. Never tried any.
Your a violinist, right?
Well, Id agree if certain expressive synths had only 1 very expressive preset, like an acoustic instrument. However, that's not the case. Most synths have tons of presets, and typically about none of them emphasize on expressive detailes in such ways it could rival the likes of an acoustic guitar or a tabla drum. So if you mean that lots of presets in general seems or feels like "auto play" style, step sequenced, intended for of-line sound design, wheres your violin in contrast is only real time-real performance and nothing else, I agree.

However some rare presets, for a few very good synths, seems to pop up once in a while. I got one or two like those amongst thousands of Virus Ti presets. Check out Madrona Labs btw.
I have played with the idea of using months to create just one preset, and sell it for good money. :wink: :P Joke aside, I want to do this at some point for my self. But I need a very expressively deep synth. Going to have a look at Madrona Labs Alto when the windows version is released.

Years ago I started drawing on a synth like this. Im not a programmer, I only know basic modular synthesis. Though it could probably be created with MAX. Name of the project was: Sensitive. The interface was supposed to be very minimal. However under the hood its architecture was inspired by game-style artificial intelligence, fractals and chaos. Technically speaking, its basically about a lot of advanced lfos.

I completely forgot about those drawings! Thanks for reminding me. :D Should be around somewhere.. hmmm.

Im pretty shore it can be done in MAX the way I want it. This article amongst others seems to prove it: http://cycling74.com/2009/06/19/lfo-tut ... omplexity/
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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by Poster » Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:04 am

never used them.. I'm not a 'I don't use presets' purist but to me Live clips are a step to far..

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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by agent314 » Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:36 am

Oh, THOSE things.

Yeah - I didn't even realize those were included with the intention of using them in your own work - I thought they were basically there as extended demo files.

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Re: how do you rate Live's preset content?

Post by Anubis » Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:18 am

There was a good Theremin patch, but I forgot where it was. I used it in this track.
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