Francis Preve

Sound designer. Producer. Professor. Journalist. Author.

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Program a Supersaw in any Synth

Despite the fact that the Roland JP-8000 was released more than 20 years ago, its supersaw waveform is now a true staple in every synthesist’s arsenal. Electronic music historians may know that it first rose to prominence in the late 90s trance scene, but it became truly indispensible during the EDM era and can now can be found at the core of countless pop and future bass tracks. As a college professor, I’m always amazed that this is the first sound my students want to learn in their introduction to synthesizer programming.

LINK: https://www.emusician.com/how-to/program-a-supersaw-in-any-synth-dec

Free Xfer Serum Pack (Winter 2018)

Since last year’s free Serum pack was so well-received, I asked the students in my Synthesis 2 course (at Austin Community College) if they’d be interested in contributing a few sounds for the 2018 pack. There are some truly gifted designers at the school and I really wanted to highlight their talents.

Fortunately, many of them agreed - providing presets for each of the following categories: Bass, Pad, Lead, and Pluck.

With their full permission, I'm sharing the results as a free download for Serum fans. The pack consists of 25 presets covering a wide variety of genres and design approaches. I also included a bonus holiday preset of my own design, “Super Snowman”.

As with the last pack, the student’s name is included in each preset — but I’d also like to post an alphabetical list of the designers, to highlight their contributions. For this, several students also opted-in to include links to their social media.

The pack is a free download that you can grab at the below link.

Download: Xfer Serum Preset Pack (Winter 2018)

Happy Holidays!

Xfer Serum Toolkit 3 Arrives

And now, a word from our sponsor… After over a year of development, Serum Toolkit 3 has finally arrived. For this pack, every patch includes original wavetables and samples, created from scratch using physical modeling and hi-res sampling. Many of the techniques used in this library are explained in my Serum Masterclass for Electronic musician.

In addition to the original wavetables, the pack also includes a huge number of sampled attacks, plucks, guitars, pianos, and percussion instruments. These elements add complexity to the wavetable oscillators and are a major departure from the usual “Serum sound”.

I also included updated Macros, including the new “XFORM” knob, that morphs between two completely different sounds. This basically doubles the number of presets to 200 - and lets you customize the results with a single knob.

Here’s a link to the pack, for Serum fans who are interested in checking out my design work - and as always, I’m happy to answer specific questions regarding these presets via my Contact link.

Serum Toolkit 3: https://xferrecords.com/preset_packs/serum-toolkit-3

With Serum Toolkit Vol. 3, iconic sound designer Francis Preve takes his Toolkit series to the next level. Featuring 100 custom wavetables based on physically modeled instruments and 70 sampled transients and decays - including recorded guitars and percussion - every core element in Toolkit Vol. 3 is original.


System-8, Roland Cloud, and Synthwave

As I said in my Ableton Loop presentation, all presets are open-source, so the best way to get inside the head of a sound designer is to examine their presets. In addition to the Korg Prologue, Ableton Live 10, and Dave Smith's new Prophet X this year, I've also been working on custom packs for synths you may already own, like AAS Chromaphone 2 and the upcoming pack for Serum - Toolkit 3.

The recent Master Class for the Roland System-8 goes into a lot of detail about the synthesis tools of Roland's flagship AIRA synth. It's worth a read if you haven't seen it yet, as it covers a lot of detail about the innovative oscillators and filters.

Since the System-8 is one of my favorite synths (combining the new AIRA engine with legit emulations of the Jupiter-8 and Juno-106), we decided to create a preset library devoted to my favorite genres: Synthwave, Synth-pop, and New Wave.

Joining forces with Jim Stout of Carma Studio—a true star of the sampling and sound pack world—we spent a solid six months creating this library. Rather than marketing-talk, I'll let the above video speak for itself. Synthtopia had some strong coverage for the library, as it's the first collection to include presets for all three of the AIRA synths with full compatibility both the System-8 and Roland Cloud. And because Jim and I wanted it to be affordable for bedroom producers, we kept the price under $20.

So if you've got a System-8 or Roland Cloud subscription, check it out :)

Buy at Carma Studio / Buy at Beatport / Buy at Reverb.com

PS: Several fun tutorials coming next week. Stay tuned!