TAL NoiseMaker is a versatile virtual analog synthesizer plugin developed by Togu Audio Line (TAL). With its simple and intuitive interface, NoiseMaker makes it easy to create custom synth presets. However, what really gives this synth an edge over others is its ability to import and use presets created by other users. This opens up a world of sonic possibilities and allows you to get new and unique sounds with just a couple of clicks.
In this article, we will walk through the steps needed to add new presets to NoiseMaker in detail. We will cover:
- An Overview of Presets in NoiseMaker
- Downloading Presets from Online Sources
- Adding Downloaded Presets to NoiseMaker’s Library
- Saving Your Own Presets
- A Few Tips for Managing Presets
We will also address some frequently asked questions about managing presets in NoiseMaker. So let’s get started!
An Overview of Presets in NoiseMaker
NoiseMaker comes bundled with over 450 factory presets in categories like Bass, Pads, Leads, etc. These provide a great starting point to get familiar with NoiseMaker’s capabilities.
However, the true power of this synth lies in its ability to use presets created by other sound designers. NoiseMaker uses the standard
.fxp format for presets which is compatible with many popular synths. This allows you to find a vast number of free presets online and use them in NoiseMaker.
Presets in NoiseMaker consist of all the parameter settings and modulations required to recreate a particular sound. Once loaded, you can use a preset as is or tweak it further to create variations. Let’s look at how to add new presets from external sources.
Downloading Presets from Online Sources
There are many websites and forums dedicated to sharing synth presets, including ones specifically for NoiseMaker. Here are some good places to find NoiseMaker presets:
- Official TAL Preset Archive – TAL hosts an archive of hundreds of high-quality presets created by professional sound designers: https://tal-software.com/products/tal-noisemaker/presets
- KVRAudio – Large online community that has dedicated preset threads for NoiseMaker in its forum: https://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=33
- Reddit – Subreddits like /r/synthrecipes often have NoiseMaker presets posted by users.
The preset files are available for direct download on these websites/forums. Look for files with the
.fxp extension to ensure they are compatible with NoiseMaker.
Tip: On forums, search for “NoiseMaker” and filter results to the relevant subsections dedicated to preset sharing.
Adding Downloaded Presets to NoiseMaker’s Library
Once you have downloaded some preset files from the internet, follow these simple steps to load them into NoiseMaker:
- Open NoiseMaker and click on the “Preset” menu option.
- Click on “Import Preset” and navigate to the folder where your downloaded preset files are saved.
- Select the presets you want to import. You can import multiple presets at once by selecting all of them.
- Click “Open” to load the presets into NoiseMaker.
The new presets will now show up in NoiseMaker’s browser under the “Imported” category. You can preview and use them just like the built-in presets!
Tip: For easier organization, create a dedicated folder for your NoiseMaker presets and import from there.
Saving Your Own Presets
Once you start tweaking parameters and modifying the imported presets, you will likely create sounds that you want to save for future use.
Here is how you can save your own custom presets in NoiseMaker:
- Set up a patch how you want with desired parameter settings.
- Click on the “Preset” menu and select “Save Preset As”.
- In the save window, pick a descriptive name and location to save your preset.
- Click “Save” to save the
Your custom presets will show up under the “User Presets” category in the browser.
Table summarizing steps for saving presets:
|1. Set up patch
|Tweak parameters to create desired sound
|2. Click “Save Preset As”
|In the Preset menu
|3. Name & save preset
|Use a descriptive name, save as .fxp file
|4. Preset appears in “User Presets”
|In NoiseMaker preset browser
Pro tip: Save presets in subfolders within NoiseMaker’s preset folder so they don’t clutter up the root folder.
A Few Tips for Managing Presets
Here are some additional tips for organizing and managing your NoiseMaker presets:
- Delete unused presets to declutter the browser using the “Delete” option.
- Create subfolders in the main Presets folder to categorize presets e.g. Leads, Pads, Bass etc.
- Back up favorite presets periodically to an external drive to prevent losing them.
- Remember to save new presets you create so they aren’t lost when you close NoiseMaker.
- To share presets, zip up the
.fxpfiles and upload to forums or hosting sites.
Using presets from other sound designers significantly expands the capabilities of NoiseMaker and fuels creativity. With these tips, you can build a personalized preset library tailored to your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use presets from other synths?
No, you can only directly import presets saved in NoiseMaker’s
.fxp format. Presets from other synths may have different underlying architectures.
What is the best site for NoiseMaker presets?
The official TAL preset archive has a vast collection of high-quality presets. KVRaudio forums and Reddit are also great community resources.
My presets disappeared – how do I recover them?
Unfortunately if not saved properly, presets may be lost when reinstalling NoiseMaker or switching computers. Always maintain backups to avoid losing work.
How do I organize large numbers of presets?
Use folders and subfolders inside the main Presets folder to categorize presets by type. Delete unused presets regularly to reduce clutter.
Can I export my presets to share with others?
Absolutely! NoiseMaker presets use the standard .fxp format. Zip up preset files and upload to forums, file hosts to share.
With the ability to import presets from other creators, TAL Noisemaker expands from being just another soft synth to an infinite sonic palette limited only by your imagination. Following the steps outlined in this guide, you can build up a personalized library of presets tailored to your musical needs. From lush pads to searing leads, the sounds you can create with NoiseMaker are endless.
So go ahead, download some preset packs, discover new sonic territory and create some magic! Just remember to save your custom presets along the way.