CS_TBL wrote:If you compose/produce tracks, then you'll know what kind of sounds you use most. They're usually surprisingly predictable and simple in their concept; pads, basses 'n such. A synth can be filled with the most outlandish presets; harsh filter sweeps, noises with extreme random LFOs, screaming leads and loud explosions, but how often do you actually use those in a real-world situation? So, as to answer the OT: yes they're important for all of those who have a hard time making their own sounds. But mostly presets force me to make my own.
Very true in my experience.
It's easy to get caught up in all the wild presets. I have Komplete plus integrated with Kore2 for a 28,500 preset library.
I'm continually impressed with what NI can do with patches. Same goes for DSI on the hardware side. And sometimes it's easy to get distracted...usually morphing one VSTI patch preset into another preset within Kore. But then I think how am I going to use this?
But I also have a special "work bank" that consists of 74 semi-boring "synth sounds". This is where I usually go first, and then I do moderate alterations if needed. If that doesn't work, then Kore2, but most of the time I find just having the "bread n butter" patches are what I need 90% of the time.