The Best Places To Download Free Synth Patches & Presets
Post date:Tue, 03/24/2020 - 10:34
The great thing about synthesizers is that many of them offer you the opportunity to create your own unique patches. Most synthesizers also feature a selection of preset patterns to get you going if you just want to get on with creating music. Best of all, thanks to the internet it is possible to not only share your patches with other people but also download some brand new ones. Sites such as Mode Audio, and Loopcloud has plenty of options for sale, but if you want to save some cash there are also free alternatives available. Just check out some of the great resources below if you are looking for free new synth patches and presets to stimulate your creativity.
Samplephonics is a website that offers a range of sample packs, plugin presets, and virtual instruments for sale. These loops, samples, synth patches, and sampler instruments can then be used in your productions without having to share any earnings with Samplephonics. In addition to the products that are on sale Samplephonics also offers a small selection of free synth presets, patches and sounds. These are for use with Massive, Sylenth and FM8 and are 100% royalty-free for use in your work.
Audiobombs is another website that is filled with user-contributed presets and tools. Although some sound designers sell their products on the site you will also find a lot of presets and samples that are completely free. Audiobombs also allows you to host and share your own presets and samples for free with others via the site. Categories include synth presets, samples, effect presets, Ableton Racks and more.
Don't let the name fool you, Dancemidisamples doesn't just have professional MIDI files, but also synth presets DAW templates and WAV resources. Although most of their products require a fee, you'll also find a nice selection of free synth patches on their site. The only catch is that you need to subscribe to their free newsletter to get your hands on these patches, but the good news is that doing so also nets you a 10% discount on your next order.
Soundpacks is a website that has been operational since 2008 and offers a selection of sample packs, drum kits and preset packs for free. If you are a music producer or sound designer you can also create and share free sample packs and preset packs with the community if you become a contributor.
Robust American Patches
Robust American Patches is a straightforward, no thrills website aimed at "synthusiasts" who can get their hands on original patches for analog synthesizers. The site has patches for Korg, Moog, Roland/S.E., and Sequential synthesizers and while you have to pay for them there is also a small selection of free patches to download. The patches are available as individual sysex files or bank files depending on the synth.
All musicians should be familiar with Reverb, as the site has been around since 2013 and has become one of the leading online marketplaces for anyone looking to buy or sell new as well as vintage gear. However, the site also has a section dedicated to synth patches and amongst all the commercial offerings you'll also find plenty of free options for Korg, Roland, Elektron, Novation, Moog and many other types of synths.
Analog.no has been "online since last millennium" and offers a range of analog synthesizer factory patches. Their files are either sysex files that are raw dumps from the synths or wave files that were recorded from the tape outputs of the instruments. The site has files for Crumar, Korg, Moog, Oberheim, Oxford S.C. Oscar, PPG, Roland, and Sequential Circuits synths.
Along with sites that are dedicated to synth patches and presets for different synthesizers you can also find typically get free goodies straight from specific manufacturers. For example, Korg has free patches for hardware such as their MS2000 while Axial is the official Roland tone library site where you can download new sounds for your Roland synthesizers. Novation also has a selection of free sound packs for their UltraNova, MiniNova, and Bass Station II hardware.
For some musicians, the real thrill of synthesizers is coming up with their own unique patches while others prefer working with pre-made ones so that they can focus on the music itself. Let us know what you prefer and what your favorite source for presets or patches are.