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The Official 'I Found That Popular Preset' Thread

Ok so I spent today going through some of my VSTi soundbanks. Still yet to release my first beat for public listening, but I'm getting there.

Anyway, I found some very familiar sounding presets, one of which I was very surprised by. Who'd have thought the genius that is (or so I thought) Polow Da Don used a practically un-tweaked preset for NaS's Hero beat. I was quite surprised by the A$AP preset too.

These are the ones I've found so far (updated 10.05.13 to include posts made throughout the thread):


808 Mafia

Waka Flocka Flame x Young Thug - Come Around: Cube in Sytrus


Hit-Boy

Lil' Wayne - Drop The World: Cube in Sytrus


ID Labs

Mac Miller - Loud: ARP TranceMania in Sylenth.


Kane Beatz

Lil' Wayne - Gonorrhea: ARP Airbow in Sylenth


Lex Luger

Jay-Z x Kanye West - H.A.M. : ATM Tripping Alien, under Atmos in Gladiator
Juicy J - A Zip & A Double Cup: LD Alienscape AVB, under Lead in Gladiator
OJ Da Juiceman - Midget: 8SEQ GENUSis ToTc in Toxic Biohazard
Wiz Khalifa - Gangbang: PE Reflections2 MF , under FX Drum Perc in Gladiator
Wiz Khalifa - Cabin Fever: AR Tension MS in Gladiator
Various songs: Fat Draken 2, under Lead Synth in Purity
Various songs: Delayed Piano, under Piano in Purity


Mike Posner

Justin Bieber - Boyfriend: Butterfly Stance in Massive


Mike WiLL Made-It

2 Chainz x Drake - No Lie: SY Ethereal, under Synth in Gladiator
Future - Itchin': Beauty of Simplicity LE in Dune
Future - Neva End/Turn On The Lights: ARP Silver Harps in Gladiator
Future - Neva End/Turn On The Lights: Ocean Harpsi in Purity
Meek Mill x Rick Ross - Tupac Back: ST Orchestrahit 3 MF, under Nature Vintage in Gladiator

Polow Da Don

NaS - Hero: Butterfly Stance in Massive
Usher x Young Jeezy - Love in this Club: Euro Hero Synth 01, 02 & 03 in GarageBand


SpaceGhostPurrp

Black Swamp (instrumental): Drum under DX7 in Sytrus
Black Swamp (instrumental): Roboter under DX7 in Sytrus


The Beat Bully

Omarion - M.I.A.: Whirlpool in Massive
Rick Ross - So Sophisticated: Hard Sync Lead in Hypersonic 2


The-Dream

The-Dream - Rockin' that Shit: Analog Brass in Gladiator


Timbaland

Jay-Z - Off That: PAD Slow Odd in FireBird
Keri Hilson - Return the Favour: ARP Flute in FireBird


Young Chop

Chief Keef - I Don't Like: Hands Up Bells 3 under Plucked in Nexus
Chief Keef - Love SOSA: PA 60dub JC under Pads in Gladiator


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A$AP Mob - Work: WW Karate Kid in Nexus
N.O.R.E. - Tadow: JJ Toybells (JJ XP Vol 1) in Nexus
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Haha good ear man. I guess Even some of the top artists are using presets.

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THOU HAST BEEN BLESSED BY THE ALMIGHTY I AM LEGEND.

Hit-Boy:

Drop The World - Lil Wayne: Cube in Sytrus

ID Labs:

Loud - Mac Miller: 019 ARP Trancemania in Sylenth

Kane Beatz:

Gonorrhea - Lil Wayne & Drake: ARP Airbow in Sylenth

Lex Luger:

H*A*M - Jay-Z & Kanye West : ATM Tripping Alien, under Atmos in Gladiator
A Zip & A Double Cup - Juicy J: LD Alienscape AVB, under Lead in Gladiator
Gang Bang - Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean : PE Reflections2 MF , under FX Drum Perc in Gladiator
Midget - OJ Da Juiceman: 8SEQ GENUSis ToTc in Toxic Biohazard
Cabin Fever - Wiz Khalifa: AR Tension MS in Gladiator
Various songs: Fat Draken 2, under Lead Synth in Purity
Various songs: Delayed Piano, under Piano in Purity

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No Lie - 2 Chainz & Drake: SY Ethereal, under Synth in Gladiator
Tupac Back - Meek Mill & Rick Ross: ST Orchestrahit 3 MF, under Nature Vintage in Gladiator
Itchin' - Future: Beauty Of Simplicity LE in Dune
Neva End/Turn On The Lights - Future: ARP Silver Harps in Gladiator
Neva End/Turn On The Lights - Future: Ocean Harpsi in Purity

Polow Da Don:

Love In This Club - Usher & Young Jeezy: Euro Hero Synth 01, 02 & 03 in GarageBand
Hero - Nas: Butterfly Stance in Massive

SpaceGhostPurrp:

Black Swamp (instrumental): Drum under DX7 in Sytrus
Black Swamp (instrumental): Roboter under DX7 in Sytrus

The Beat Bully:

So Sophisticated - Rick Ross & Meek Mill: Hard Sync Lead in Hypersonic 2
M.I.A. - Omarion & Wale: Whirlpool in Massive

Timbaland:

Return The Favor - Keri Hilson: ARP Flute in FireBird
Off That - Jay-Z & Drake: PAD Slow Odd in FireBird

Young Chop:

I Don't Like - Chief Keef: Hands Up Bells 3 under Plucked in Nexus
Love Sosa - Chief Keef: PA 60dub JC under Pads in Gladiator
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Justin Bieber - "Boyfriend" VSTi: Massive. Preset: Butterfly Stance
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Dream / Rockin that sht Analog brass in Gladiator
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THOU HAST BEEN BLESSED BY THE ALMIGHTY I AM LEGEND.

Hit-Boy:

Drop The World - Lil Wayne: Cube in Sytrus

ID Labs:

Loud - Mac Miller: 019 ARP Trancemania in Sylenth

Kane Beatz:

Gonorrhea - Lil Wayne & Drake: ARP Airbow in Sylenth

Lex Luger:

H*A*M - Jay-Z & Kanye West : ATM Tripping Alien, under Atmos in Gladiator
A Zip & A Double Cup - Juicy J: LD Alienscape AVB, under Lead in Gladiator
Gang Bang - Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean : PE Reflections2 MF , under FX Drum Perc in Gladiator
Midget - OJ Da Juiceman: 8SEQ GENUSis ToTc in Toxic Biohazard
Cabin Fever - Wiz Khalifa: AR Tension MS in Gladiator
Various songs: Fat Draken 2, under Lead Synth in Purity
Various songs: Delayed Piano, under Piano in Purity

Mike WiLL Made-It:

No Lie - 2 Chainz & Drake: SY Ethereal, under Synth in Gladiator
Tupac Back - Meek Mill & Rick Ross: ST Orchestrahit 3 MF, under Nature Vintage in Gladiator
Itchin' - Future: Beauty Of Simplicity LE in Dune
Neva End/Turn On The Lights - Future: ARP Silver Harps in Gladiator
Neva End/Turn On The Lights - Future: Ocean Harpsi in Purity

Polow Da Don:

Love In This Club - Usher & Young Jeezy: Euro Hero Synth 01, 02 & 03 in GarageBand
Hero - Nas: Butterfly Stance in Massive

SpaceGhostPurrp:

Black Swamp (instrumental): Drum under DX7 in Sytrus
Black Swamp (instrumental): Roboter under DX7 in Sytrus

The Beat Bully:

So Sophisticated - Rick Ross & Meek Mill: Hard Sync Lead in Hypersonic 2
M.I.A. - Omarion & Wale: Whirlpool in Massive

Timbaland:

Return The Favor - Keri Hilson: ARP Flute in FireBird
Off That - Jay-Z & Drake: PAD Slow Odd in FireBird

Young Chop:

I Don't Like - Chief Keef: Hands Up Bells 3 under Plucked in Nexus
Love Sosa - Chief Keef: PA 60dub JC under Pads in Gladiator
Holy shit! Propz for the drop.
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Geez. Gladiator is like McDonalds apparently.

I don't think I've been deep enough into the presets to realize there was anything useable.
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Geez. Gladiator is like McDonalds apparently.

I don't think I've been deep enough into the presets to realize there was anything useable.
Well lets be honest, most of the dudes leave them untouched anyway lol.
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Interesting Gladiator shows up so much. That what shows up from it are factory presets ain't exactly unexpected though, considering how it's laid out.

With synthy stuff I generally avoid the presets. Dealing with programming from scratch on that though looks like a pain in the ass.
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Whoa great thread!
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Very interesting topic actually
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Dealing with programming from scratch on that though looks like a pain in the ass.
Oh It's not.

It's a synth programmers dream.

You just can't look at a synth and say that it's a pain. You have to use it and see how maleable it is. If you can look right at a synth and figure it out, likely it's too simple and basic to get anything unique out of.

I got it when it first came out, like I said, I haven't even hit up presets, I'vre got a folder of my own, and I am still finding new routing new parameter combos, it's endless compared to orther synths, because of the way it IS setup.

The only issue I have with it is that it does have a unique timbre, you can tell something sounds like Gladiator.
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Oh It's not.

It's a synth programmers dream.

You just can't look at a synth and say that it's a pain. You have to use it and see how maleable it is. If you can look right at a synth and figure it out, likely it's too simple and basic to get anything unique out of.

I got it when it first came out, like I said, I haven't even hit up presets, I'vre got a folder of my own, and I am still finding new routing new parameter combos, it's endless compared to orther synths, because of the way it IS setup.

The only issue I have with it is that it does have a unique timbre, you can tell something sounds like Gladiator.
I agree with that.

Props to the OP for making this thread!
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Technically, these kinds of threads are against the rules... But, those rules were from another time. I will let this thread stand as long as all "preset" discussion is kept here.

Sticky-ed to the top.
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Technically, these kinds of threads are against the rules... But, those rules were from another time. I will let this thread stand as long as all "preset" discussion is kept here.

Sticky-ed to the top.
Ohh snap, I didn't realise - sorry.

Props for keeping this topic open though, it's definitely an interesting topic.
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Justin timberlake - My love (the trance synth that plays the hook melody during the chorus)

Korg Legacy cell - 91 Trance Lead

Nicole scherzinger - "Whatever you like" (main synth) and Britney Spears - "Gimme More" (synth arp in 2nd half of verses)

Crystal - Satuloop
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Ohh snap, I didn't realise - sorry.

Props for keeping this topic open though, it's definitely an interesting topic.
No problem.

And, remember folks... This is for discussing and sharing sounds/ presets you (or others) have found.

NOT for asking "which sound/ preset".
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Mac Miller - 'Get 'Em Up'

Gladiator - AR Deluzions BN
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Justin timberlake - My love (the trance synth that plays the hook melody during the chorus)

Korg Legacy cell - 91 Trance Lead

Nicole scherzinger - "Whatever you like" (main synth) and Britney Spears - "Gimme More" (synth arp in 2nd half of verses)

Crystal - Satuloop
for the justin timberlake my love, how would you get that trance lead to do the effect where it goes ' in and out' ?? to "gate" the synth?
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Ok so I spent today going through some of my VSTi soundbanks. Still yet to release my first beat for public listening, but I'm getting there.

Anyway, I found some very familiar sounding presets, one of which I was very surprised by. Who'd have thought the genius that is (or so I thought) Polow Da Don used a practically un-tweaked preset for NaS's Hero beat. I was quite surprised by the A$AP preset too.

These are the ones I've found so far:


Nas - Hero:

VSTi: Massive. Preset: Butterfly Stance


N.O.R.E. - Tadow (off his latest album Student of the Game)

VSTi: Nexus. Preset: JJ Toybells (JJ XP Vol 1)


A$AP Mob - Work

VSTi: Nexus. Preset: WW Karate Kid (Classical default patch)


Wiz Khalifa - Cabin Fever

VSTi: Gladiator. Preset: Arpeggiator_AR Tension MS


Mac Miller - Loud.

VSTi: Sylenth_ARP TranceMania


Every single Lex Luger beat

VSTi: Purity. Preset: Lead Synth_Fat Draken 1 & 2
to make this cleaner and easier.. you should copy and paste what everyone said to the top?
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to make this cleaner and easier.. you should copy and paste what everyone said to the top?
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for the justin timberlake my love, how would you get that trance lead to do the effect where it goes ' in and out' ?? to "gate" the synth?
Something like this would either be in the synth itself, or applied as an effect on its audio channel. It mutes the audio either for a full step or a half step at each spot depending on what you want.

Attached a quick audio comparison w/ a random synth chord. The plugin I linked is what I used for the effect.

Personally I think it sounds best with a slight delay *after* the gate to add back a bit of atmosphere, though the example doesn't have that.
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Something like this would either be in the synth itself, or applied as an effect on its audio channel. It mutes the audio either for a full step or a half step at each spot depending on what you want.

Attached a quick audio comparison w/ a random synth chord. The plugin I linked is what I used for the effect.

Personally I think it sounds best with a slight delay *after* the gate to add back a bit of atmosphere, though the example doesn't have that.
so for preview two, you used a gate which was an option on the plugin?
then added a slight delay after the gate? or did you use a separate gate plugin?

if so, which gate plugin, and or which synth did you use that has the gate plugin built in?
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Just been listening to Waka's new mixtape Du Flocka Rant: Halftime and sounds like track 9 ''Come Around'' uses the same arp as Lil' Wayne - Drop the World. (Cube in Sytrus).

Everyone caining these VST presets lol, all this shit starting to sound the same. Well I say starting, it IS the same!
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so for preview two, you used a gate which was an option on the plugin?
then added a slight delay after the gate? or did you use a separate gate plugin?

if so, which gate plugin, and or which synth did you use that has the gate plugin built in?
Let's keep this on topic, and not sidetrack into "how to use a gate" talk.
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The interesting thing to me is, Timbo's synths arent showing up on any other list. And I Bump that cd the most, with A$AP coming in 2nd.
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Haha I use it a lot as well

So much versatility

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Just been listening to Waka's new mixtape Du Flocka Rant: Halftime and sounds like track 9 ''Come Around'' uses the same arp as Lil' Wayne - Drop the World. (Cube in Sytrus).

Everyone caining these VST presets lol, all this shit starting to sound the same. Well I say starting, it IS the same!
Their clientele (commercial artists) don't seem to care much

Personally, there is not so much wrong with using presets often when they are used as the icing on the cake to your own original sounds. After all, good presets are good solutions. I guess it is about everything else going on around the bastardized preset. Shit, even a bastard can make something for himself if he is housed in a good home. Cue 808 drums, the most bastardized "preset" ever.
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