When I was studying Sound Engineering at Oakfields College, almost everyday I heard someone in my class ask our lecturer the following question: “Sir, is it okay to use presets on this plugin?”. It seems that a lot of people are scared to use presets because it feels like they are cheating or taking the easy way out… But should you be scared, and are presets really that bad? In this article I will be exploring VST Plugin Presets, and why they are there.
The history of presets.
The presets that come with VST Plugins are created and saved by industry professionals. But where did it all start – and why are they there? Back in the day when most of the gear in studios were hardware based (the good old days), people would spend hours tweaking their compressors and EQ’s to get ‘that perfect sound’. Eventually, it gets to a point where you write down the exact settings you used on every knob for each band you recorded in case you ever get that specific drummer or singer in your studio again.