Are you new to being a music geek and updating your production game? Well, we’re here to help with a step-by-step guide on how to install serum banks, from the beginning to the end, so that you don’t have to face any difficulties when you do install serum banks in your system.
So whether you have a Mac or a Windows, bring it on because, after this blog post on how to install serum banks, you’ll be able to do that by yourself and might teach your friends too!
Since this blog post is from basics to moving up our way to the installation, we’ll start by describing what is a serum and serum bank, why should you use serum banks, and then talk about how to install serum banks, finally! Wait, if you also have questions, we have also answered some FAQs.
Let’s not wait anymore now and get straight into talking about how to install serum banks by first describing what it is.
Okay, But First, What Is A Serum?
If you are new to music production, you might not know what serum is. But don’t worry, that’s why we’re here for.
And just in case you’re wondering, “serum” here does not refer to any kind of typical serums that one puts in their hair or on their skin (just putting it out there)!
What is serum?
The serum is a VST (Virtual Studio Technology) Synthesizer that has changed the production game of the era. You can nail the electronic music and its production if you get well versed with it. It can be helpful and save you a lot of time.
The serum is a digital instrument that uses a digital synthesis technique used to create periodic waveforms, also known as “Wavetable Synthesis”.
One can also call it an extremely useful plugin for the production of music, no doubt.
When it comes to serums, one has to mention Steve Duda, the early developer of the plugin. He is also the founder of Xfer Records. And no wonder Xfer Serum is now one of the most popular VST Synthesizers when it comes to electronic music.
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5 Reasons Why Should You Use Serum?
Now, what we know that a serum is, why should YOU use it? Well, making and programming can be such a task if you don’t know about production and synthesis. And that’s why serum and serum banks are here – to make things easier for you.
If you’re still not convinced, here is a short list of reasons why should you use serum:
- When you use serum presets, you are not only creating new e-sounds but you can also edit and modify them to get more variations.
- When it comes to the music world and screens, the user interface usually seems to have given about life. But Serum has a really friendly interface.
- You can update the plugin for free!
- Serum can be easily used to change music waves from one to another while it is playing.
- You can easily use it on your program of choice like Logic Pro. You can also use the free sample available in the plugin.
Now if you are ready to finally know how to install serum banks, we can move up on our ladder and tell you how you can do that.
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How To Install Serum Banks?
The installation of serum banks can be done easily in 4 simple steps, given that you already have the software installed. If not, you should start by installing the software first and then follow the 4 easy steps mentioned below:
- Find the Folder
- Copy and Paste
These 4 steps are further explained below-]
1. Download Serum Bank
To successfully download Serum Bank, start by downloading the bank (or preset) you would like to have.
The key here to note is that when you download a serum bank, it comes in a .zip file or .rar format.
You will have to extract it by clicking right and then selecting “extract” from the list if you’re on windows or just by double clicking on it if you’re using Mac.
2. Find and Open The “Serum Presets” Folder
The next step would be to find the extracted file. Now you have to open the ‘serum preset’ folder. This would be where all your presets and banks would be present if you’ve been trying to install them before too.
If you have windows, you can easily find them in Documents under the name of the VST plugin you’re using.
If you’re using Mac, it should be present in the library.
If you’re still facing issues, try searching for them in the system directly. That might help.
If you still cannot find the serum bank, go to your DAW, click on the menu, and then on “Show Serum Presets Folder”.
That should do the trick for you.
3. Copy and Paste Bank Into Presets Folder
Now with the first two steps done, is time to cope and paste. Now you have to “ctrl + C” and then “ctrl + V” your serum bank in the presets folder.
It is a cakewalk.
Now with your serum bank in the preset folder, we just have to follow one last step!
4. Rescan Your Folders On Disk
The last step, step 4, will be to go on the Serum menu, and then select the option of “Rescan”. This will enable you to access your new presets and banks!
And voila! Now you also know how to install serum banks so you won’t need our help next time! Well even if you do, you can easily visit this page and get it done again the next time as well. So, don’t worry.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. Where can I find the “Serum Presets Folder”?
Ans. We get it, it can be a little difficult to know and find where the folder is. Below is an easy pathway given to you for both, Mac and Windows:
- Mac: Library\Audio\Presets\Xfer Records\Serum Presets
- Windows: Documents\Xfer\Serum Presets
In short, you will find your file in the “Xfer” folder, given you’re using Xfer Serum.
If you are using any other software, look for its name.
If you’re still facing issues, then on your DAW, go to Menu and then on Show Serum Presets Folder.
You will find your banks and presets there.
Q2. What to do when the display says “Serum Presets Folder Not Found”?
Ans. Yes, this can be super frustrating. But don’t worry this can be fixed. Here are a number of solutions for this issue:
- Try installing the whole preset one more time.
- If the folder is there could be a permission issue. Try granting the permission.
- Another scenario should be that the path does exist but it might be using accented characters, for example, “à, è, ì, ò, ù, À, È, Ì, Ò, Ù” this. Try to remove these characters.
Q3. How to save Serum Presets?
Ans. Well, this shouldn’t be a big issue for you. When you’re happy with the sound or preset you made, you can click on the “💾” icon on the top left near the preset’s name bar.
The files get saved in the .FXP extension.
When you click on that icon, a new window will pop up where you can name and save your preset.
If your query is not yet solved even by the end of the article, then to further help you with how to install a serum bank, you can watch this 2-minute video below:
We get it, it can be really tiresome when you’re trying to do something and it doesn’t happen. It’s exhausting. Your serum bank should get installed with these 4 steps.
Summing Up | How To Install Serum Banks?
So that was all for how to install serum banks. It might seem a little difficult to figure out how to install it, but as you go through it, it’s not that difficult to install. You might face some issues in the beginning but you have our guide for that to help you throughout.
We hope this blog post about how to install serum banks was helpful to you. And if it was not and you think there is more information that you would need from us, feel free to post it in the comments and our team will get to it in no time – Onxshadow, right there for you to help!
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