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Sounds You'll Actually Use Vol. 1 for XFER Serum

I have always been fascinated with preset packs for plugin synthesizers.  While clicking through them, I'm blown away with how amazing some of the sounds are on their own; play one note and it sounds incredible!  However, when it comes down to the nitty gritty of actually writing MUSIC, and using those presets in the context of a track, it's often difficult to get such sensational sounds to FIT into my mix just right.  I love sound designers.  Heck, I'm a sound designer myself, and some of my best friends and colleagues are too!  But let's be realistic here - most preset packs are sound designers SHOWING OFF!

This has been my mantra in developing this series of preset packs for various software synthesizers - let's give MUSIC PRODUCERS sounds that they can ACTUALLY USE in their music production!  Sounds You'll Actually Use Vol. 1 was created for XFER Serum with this philosophy in mind.  Several of the sounds in this pack are recreations of essential, classic dance sounds I have heard (and used) on countless house, techno, and dance tracks for many years.  Others are recreations of more modern sounds heard in future house, bass music, dubstep, and trap.  In my humble opinion, all 20 of the included sounds (and bonus sound effects) are usable in a broad variety of electronic dance music.  Almost all of the patches have made use of Serum's Macro Controls, the Mod Wheel, the Pitch Wheel, and internal effects to give YOU control over the sound in the context of your music.  Most of the patches are admittedly a bit raw, but can be easily spiced up with Serum's effects rack, or your own DAW or plugin effects.  All sounds (except drums) in the demo song are included in the pack.  The demo sounds are not using any external processing.  Enjoy, and keep your eyes (and ears) open for Sounds You'll Actually Use Vol. 2!

With love,



This preset back includes:

  • 5 Basses
  • 3 Leads
  • 2 Pads
  • 9 Keys and Synth Sounds
  • 1 Sequence
  • 2 BONUS FX

***Please note - XFER Serum version 1.086 or higher is required.***



-Open XFER Serum

-Click "Menu>Show Serum Presets Folder"

-Unzip the included folder and move it into the Serum Presets Folder on your computer

Premium File Contents
BA Bassmore.fxp.fxp
BA Drummond.fxp.fxp
BA Garidge.fxp.fxp
BA Lately Bass.fxp.fxp
BA Peanut Butter Cup.fxp.fxp
FX Doppler Aliens.fxp.fxp
FX Down The Drain.fxp.fxp
LD Clangor.fxp.fxp
LD Guzheng Madness.fxp.fxp
LD Skrill The Boyz.fxp.fxp
PD Digilogue.fxp.fxp
PD Ringing Pad.fxp.fxp
SQ Acidic.fxp.fxp
SY Church Organ.fxp.fxp
SY Dub Chords.fxp.fxp
SY Hammond Cheese.fxp.fxp
SY Motion Organ.fxp.fxp
SY One Note House.fxp.fxp
SY Organ Too.fxp.fxp
SY Raw Organic.fxp.fxp
SY Super Shapes.fxp.fxp
SY Wow Stab.fxp.fxp

Works with

Minimum version 1.086
Number of sounds 20