Serum Presets

Serum Presets: The Best Free/Paid Packs in Each Genre

As you already know, Serum is a phenomenal synth.

Everyone’s got it, and if they haven’t, they want it.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a huge amount of presets. Sure, there’s enough to get started, but you’ll be eager for extra presets shortly after buying the synth.

In this post, I share the best free and paid Serum preset packs for all the major genres of electronic music.

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:

  1. Through the Xfer Records website
  2. Through Splice on a rent-to-own plan

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.

Learn more about the Serum rent-to-own deal here 👈

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, it’s also a great place to get presets (Splice Sounds). And no, this article is NOT paid for by Splice. It’s just a great tool.

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 Serum 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 👈

Note: Many (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.

The best presets by genre

It’s all good to have a bunch of free sounds or even paid sounds, but there isn’t much point in having unusable dubstep basses if you’re making trance. Or tech house sounds if you’re making synthpop.

So we’ve broken these packs down into different genres so you can see the best available that are relevant to you.

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.

Free Future Bass Presets

(Please note that while these are free, some have download gates on them. Be prepared to give an email address or Soundcloud follow in exchange for the pack).

Premium Future Bass Presets

Got some cash to spare? These 5 packs will last you years.

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.

Free Dubstep/Trap Presets

Premium Dubstep/Trap Presets

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.

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.

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.

Drum ‘n’ 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.

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.

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.

Premium Chill/Indie Presets

Here are some solid melodic and chill sounds that are great for anything, from pads to hooks.

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.

Premium Trance/Progressive Presets

These are some beastly packs, containing a LOT of presets. They also all sound really good, so check them out.

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

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.

Anything we missed? Let me know at [email protected]

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