Navigating through the hundreds of presets can be a painful experience … 😉 Of course, there are some plugins with great preset browser implemented, where you can describe preset using tags, or even add some text but mosty it’s just a typical FXB bank with tons of presets. My workaround is time consuming 😉 I just scroll through every preset, then save the preset I like and then create “favourite sounds” soundbank. Usually takes about a day but it really pays off.
But there is another option. Big Tick Zen. It’s a free presets manager vst plugin which works similar to ie. NI FM8 preset browser. This means that each preset can be described by the tag (you can create your own tags) and then you can simply search for ie. “Favourites” tag.
The main difference (compared to ie. NI FM8 preset browser) is that Big Tick Zen supports around 50 vst synths, both free (ie. Synth1) and commercial (ie. Sylenth, ACE, Zebra, Toxic). How does it work ?
It acts as a loader for other vstis. So with Zen, you can search for Rhodes piano and get a list of all matching presets regardless of the final vsti (Rhino, Zebra, Absynth whatever). When you select one of the presets in Zen, the corresponding vsti is automatically loaded to play the requested preset.
So, you just load preset and you “don’t care” if this preset comes from Zebra or Synth1. All you care is that you’re searching for “Rhodes Piano” and you don’t want “Mono” for example. Sounds simple but actually there’s much more behind it. You can ie. find some more presets online (or share) but overall don’t expect to master this plugin in 15 minutes. Read the manual, FAQ. It takes a little bit of time to understand the whole concept but still it’s much quicker than browsing through the hundreds of weird named patches 😉
Download: Big Tick Zen