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Chapter 7. Using VST Instruments > Selecting VSTi Presets

Selecting VSTi Presets

Most VST instruments include some number of presets, just like hardware synths come with some sounds already programmed. Listening to the presets for a VSTi is a great way to become familiar with what the VSTi can do. A VSTi that emulates an analog synth might have a selection of sounds already programmed for bass, lead, and pad sounds, and auditioning them can be a good way to get a feel for the style and range of a VSTi. You can listen to the presets by stepping through them one after the other, or you can start by viewing a list of all of the presets for the VSTi.

To step through presets

1.
Open the VST Instruments panel or the editor for the VSTi.

The currently selected patch will be visible.

2.
Click the up and down arrows on the right of the patch name to change the preset. You can also click the preset name to open a menu that you can browse.

Both the panel and the editor have two arrow buttons and the menu. Figure 7.11 shows these buttons on the VST Instruments panel; Figure 7.12 shows them in the editor.

Figure 7.11. The two buttons with arrows step through presets for that VSTi. Click the name to open a menu that shows all available presets.


Figure 7.12. The same menu and arrows for presets is available in the edit panel of the VSTi, just as it is in the VST Instruments panel shown in Figure 7.11.



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