Serum is a phenomenal synth with an amazing array of presets.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a huge amount of them, and you’ll be wanting more shortly after you buy it.
In this post, I share the best free and paid Serum preset packs for all the major genres of electronic music, like:
Let’s go. 👇
What if you’re a beginner to sound design? You just want some great presets that work for EDM? Then grab our free EDM Essentials for Xfer Serum below!
Don’t have Serum yet?
Not much point in looking for Serum presets if you don’t have the synth yet.
Let’s get that fixed first, then we’ll get to the packs.
There are two main ways to purchase Serum:
Unless you have a strong desire to pay for Serum all at once ($189 payment), I recommend using the Splice rent-to-own plan. You don’t pay any extra, and payments end when you’ve paid for the synth.
You even get a 3-day free trial.
Note: We use Serum exclusively in our EDM Foundations course. If you’ve been producing for less than 12 months, check it out here.
The best place to get affordable presets
Not only does Splice offer a rent-to-own deal for Serum, but it’s also a great place to get presets and samples on their service Splice Sounds (sponsored).
The biggest benefit to using a tool like Splice Sounds is that you can individually pick and download the presets you want.
You can’t do this when buying a preset pack. You get what you’re given. You might like 20% of the presets, but the rest? That’s too bad.
With that said, it’s not as convenient as downloading a full preset pack and having 50+ sounds right there in your presets folder. While Splice Sounds has a decent web platform, it doesn’t compare to scrolling through presets inside Serum itself.
Learn more about Splice Sounds here (sponsored)
Note: Some (not all) of the premium packs linked below are also available on Splice Sounds. We also recommend the latest version of Serum for all of these packs.
Future Bass Serum Presets
Future Bass is the hottest genre right now, and naturally, there’s a lot of preset packs available for it. So which ones are worth checking out?
Let’s start with the free packs.
Bantana Future Vibes Vol.1 (Free)
Includes 15 serum presets (3 basses, 5 chords, 4 leads & 3 risers). Grab it directly from their website below.
Bantana Future Vibes Vol.2 (Free)
As an expansion on the first pack, this one includes 50 presets (25 chords, 14 leads, 5 basses, 5 plucks & 1 FX). Once again, grab it below on their website.
Cymatics Xfer Serum Starter Pack (Free)
Cymatics is one of the kings of the Serum presets game, and this free essentials pack is no exception. Get 100 presets and 50 wavetables, which are perfect for not only future bass but also trap and dubstep.
WA Production Future Bass Mega Pack (Free)
WA Production has created a solid pack of future bass presets, samples, and MIDI clips. It features 176MB of material, including 60 presets.
Got some cash to spare? These next 5 packs will last you years.
Cymatics Future Bass for Xfer Serum (Premium)
If the Cymatics free pack has you wanting more, this is the next step up. Featuring 90 presets + 70 samples, you’ll be sorted for all of your Future Bass needs.
Oversampled Ultimate Future Bass (Premium)
Oversampled’s stuff is some of my favorite, because it’s both high-quality and unique. This Future Bass pack with 74 presets is no exception.
Vandalism Shocking Future Bass for Serum (Premium)
Includes 64 high-energy presets to keep you inspired.
Sonic Academy Serum Future Bass Essentials (Premium)
Sonic Academy is known for its quality sounds, plugins, and tutorials, and this premium future bass pack with 62 presets stays true to that.
Surge Sounds Future Bass Serum Presets (Premium)
This is a HUGE pack (370 presets + more), so if you’re after a lot of inspiration, don’t sleep here.
Dubstep and Trap Serum Presets
In need of some nasty bass sounds for your tracks? Whether it’s riddim, dubstep or trap, these packs will have you covered. Once again, some of these have download gates.
Killsam Hybrid Trap Serum Pack (Free)
A free pack from Reddit of 35 bass presets. Lots of gems in this one.
WA Production Free Dubstep Serum Presets
As always, WA Production delivers the goods. This pack is completely free and has some really nice sounds (50 presets), so be sure to at least check it out.
ST4RBUCK Dubstep Presets (Free)
This is only a small selection of 4 presets, but quality over quantity, right? Grab these and check them out for yourself.
Gravitas Create Catalyst Vol. 1 & 2
These two packs together total up to 284 presets – insane. Gravitas Create is also known for its quality sounds, with big-name producers like Au5 contributing to the pool.
Sometimes everybody’s using the free stuff. To sound unique, you need to dig through the good stuff. Here are some great packs to get you sounding fresh.
Cymatics Nightmares Vol 2 Hybrid Trap Serum Pack (Paid)
This bundle is packed with 75 presets, wavetables and even some project files. Great if you’re wanting an array of quality sounds to load Serum up with.
Splice Sounds Virtual Riot: Serum Presets for PRESET JUNKIES (Paid)
60 presets handcrafted by the don himself, Virtual Riot. If you want great sounds from a proven bass music producer, these are essential. These ones are exclusive to Splice, so you’ll have to sign up.
Production Master Vicious Dubstep Serum Presets XL (Paid)
This pack is HUGE – 300 presets. You won’t get bored again with this one.
Zenhiser Trap for Serum (Paid)
Zenhiser is one of my favourite sample and preset labels out there – I personally use their stuff via Splice all the time. This trap pack is no exception, with 150 presets and sample to keep you busy.
ModeAudio Silhoutte Serum Trap Presets
A humble yet incredible pack of sounds. This might not boast the hundreds of options of other packs, but you can a lot of high-quality synth, bass, pad, and lead presets (50), plus samples, wavetables, and MIDI clips.
Recommended: How To Make Trap Music – 7 Steps
House Serum Presets
House, while it has evolved over the years, still remains a very popular genre, and that’s not going to be changing any time soon. Here are some great free and paid packs to get you stocked up, mostly in the bass house and future house genres.
Free House Presets
Here are some different house packs to get you making all sorts of house music. Some of these have extras included too.
- Free Future House Presets for Xfer Serum by BVKER.com
- FREE Serum Future House by WA Production (36 presets)
- Free Serum Presets for Tech House & Techno by Viper (17 presets + wavetables + noises)
Premium House Presets
If you need some staple sounds for your library, make sure to look through these packs. You’ll get a lot of value from any of these options, so make sure you check to see which is best for you.
- Unwind Serum Chord Presets by ModeAudio (50 presets + wavetables + MIDI)
- Shocking Bass House for Serum by Vandalism (64 presets)
- Future House for Xfer Serum by Cymatics (85 presets + project files)
- 100 Deep House Presets for Xfer Serum by Surge Sounds (100 presets)
- TechHouse SERUM Presets 01 by Delectable (64 presets)
Drum & Bass Serum Presets
If you aren’t afraid of 174, then these Serum presets will solve all of your drum and bass needs. These sounds can be used whether you make neurofunk, jump up, liquid, whatever really.
Free DnB Presets
There aren’t too many free DnB packs online, but this one has some great Neurofunk basses.
- FREE Neurofunk presets for Xfer Serum by 20Hz Sound (11 presets)
- Artificial Serum Presets by Bias Notion (13 presets)
- Use code FREESETS at checkout
Premium DnB Presets
Once again, DnB has a lot of sub-genres, each with its own defining elements. From Neurofunk to Jump Up, check these options out.
- Icicle – Drum & Bass Serum Presets by Loopmasters (64 presets)
- TC Serum Modern DNB Presets by TC (34 presets)
- Outer Space Jump Up DNB by Soundvolt (40 presets)
- Neurofunk Serum Bass Vol 3 by Eksit Sounds (43 presets)
- Fourward DNB – Serum Presets by Loopmasters (80 presets)
Chill and Indie Serum Presets
After some more stripped back sounds? Serum can do much more than crazy basses, and hopefully these packs below will prove that to you as well.
Free Chill/Indie Presets
A lot of nice sounds here that are great not only for chill music, but for all genres. The Mellotron pack is especially nice.
- Chill Serum Presets by Soundshock (25 presets)
- Free Serum Presets by AngelicVibes (50 presets)
- Free Serum Presets Pack by Rabbit Lair (64 presets)
- Free Mellotron Presets for Serum by BVKER.com (17 presets + wavetables)
Premium Chill/Indie Presets
Here are some solid melodic and chill sounds that are great for anything, from pads to hooks.
- Synthwave – Serum Presets by Loopmasters (81 presets)
- Chillwave for Serum by GOGOi (60 presets)
- Vibes for Xfer Serum by Cymatics (90 presets)
- Indie Dance & Electronica – Serum Presets by Loopmasters
- Hologram Serum Chill Electronic Presets by ModeAudio (50 presets + samples + MIDI)
Trance and Progressive Serum Presets
Want that euphoric trance buildup and drop sound? Trance is notorious for its layered and big sound, so grab some of these presets and get to work.
Free Trance/Progressive Presets
You’ll find some nice supersaws and plucks in here without having to spend a cent.
- Sunrise Trance – 101 FREE Serum Presets by Lionshare Sound
- Progressive House Presets for Serum by Pumpyoursound
- Mothership Loudspeakerz – Serum Bank #1 (FREE DL) by Zombster Records (34 presets)
Premium Trance/Progressive Presets
These are some beastly packs, containing a LOT of presets. They also all sound really good, so check them out.
- Serum Trance Essentials Vol. 1 by Freshly Squeezed Samples (256 samples)
- Epic And Uplifting Trance For Xfer Serum by Trance Euphoria (128 presets)
- TITAN-2 Xfer Serum Presets by CFA Sound (90 presets)
Other notable Serum preset packs and resources
There are a million and one genres out there, so here are some that are great but don’t really fit into any category above. These are fairly general and can be used in many different genres.
Free Resources and Packs
- EDM Essentials for Serum by EDMProd
- r/SerumPresets on Reddit
- Rocket Powered Sound Resources
- Hip-Hop Makers Serum Presets
- Xfer Serum Starter Pack by Cymatics
- 1340 Wavetables on Reddit
Paid Resources and Packs
- Splice Sounds
- Elements for Xfer Serum Bundle by Cymatics
- Serum Essentials by Essential Sounds
- Dark Cinematic – Serum Presets by Loopmasters (118 presets)
- Ionise Serum SFX Presets by ModeAudio (60 presets)
Getting the most out of Serum (resources)
Now that you have access to some great sounds, how can you take them further by understanding how to tweak them and make other sounds from scratch? After all, presets are only one side of the story.
Here are some great websites, articles and videos for learning more about Serum.
- Serum Tutorial – 25 Serum Tips You Need To Know
- Xfer Serum Beginner Course (Start to Finish)
- 10 Sound Design Tips: Xfer Serum
- Getting Started in Sound Design Using The 3 Rs
- Cymatics 30 Day Advanced Bass Design Guide for Xfer Serum
- Serum vs Massive X
Once again, make sure to grab our free EDM Essentials pack.
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