As I said in a previous article on how to copy and paste effects between mixer channels in FL Studio, aiming to work so fast while mixing is a goal every mix engineer should work towards during a session. It is therefore imperative to create an intuitive custom workflow for yourself over time. This is where presets come in to save you a great deal of time. Whichever plugin processor you are using, be it VSTi or effects, keeping presets of unique and future usable settings should be part of your practice. This is why I’m writing this tutorial to show you how to save & recall plugin presets in FL Studio, REAPER, other DAWs.
No matter the DAW you use – FL Studio, Cockos REAPER, Ableton live, Logic, or protools, there are always two ways to go about saving preset settings on your plug-in. The first is through the host DAW’s Wrapper or integration option, and the other being through the plugin’s presets options menu.
Saving and recalling plugin presets using a DAW’s Wrapper/integration menu
When using a plug-in within a host DAW, the DAW itself often offers some menu options to manipulate the selected plugins with. The interface of such menus and how they can be accessed will differ across DAWs, so you have to observe your host DAW’s plug in Wrapper to locate the the menu. To access the wrapper plugin menu in FL Studio, click the little arrow by the left side of the gear/settings icon at the upper left corner of the plug-in display as seen in the attached image. Here you can save and recall presets by choosing the appropriate option.
In Cockos REAPER, click the little plus(+) icon on the plugin Wrapper menu as seen in the image below to bring up the presets menu. There are various options available to exploit here as seen in the image below.
Saving and recalling plugin presets using the plugin integrated menu
This option is quite simple and should be the best option to use, considering you can share presets saved using this method with other users of the same plugin. You can even use such presets across all DAW platforms, since it is not DAW dependent, but saved in the format provided by the plugin maker. The location of this menu will depend on a particular plugin’s user interface. Different plugin manufacturers have their own unique presets menu features often similarly integrated into their various plugins. Here is an example. A picture of Native instruments’ popular massive VST synth, showing its preset menu.
Example of such menu on an effects plugin, Klanghelm’s MJUC compressor:
That is it people! Now you can effectively save,recall and find your way around managing presets in your DAW. Happy mixing.
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