New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

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New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by John Bowen » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:53 pm

I’m very happy to announce the release today of a brand new bank of 100 wonderful sounds by the synth expert Brian Kehew. Brian is well-known in the synthesizer world, having spent time on the road playing keyboards for The Who, and his own group The Moog Cookbook, as well as having co-authored the book, “Recording the Beatles”. He has served as the Archives Historian for the Bob Moog Foundation, a non-profit whose goal is to preserve the archives of Dr. Robert Moog and to teach children about science, music, and innovation. You can read more about Brian’s background at or

You can find the Preset Bank and a text file list of the presets below. I’ve labeled it Bank10, which is the next available bank in the Factory Preset group, but if you already have a bank10, then just rename it to the next highest bank number (Bank11, etc.), and place it in your Presets folder.

Many thanks to Brian for his splendid work - many months were spent on this set of sounds, over a 2-year period (Brian is a very busy guy!!). Brian’s work with film is reflected in a number of these sounds, and he will be posting some ‘Performance Notes’ videos in the future.

I have these comments from Brian:

I wanted to explore the non-retro parts of the Solaris potential. I think the world has been stuck in 1980s polysynth limitations too long. I'm so excited by this part of the Solaris - the clarity and resolution are incredible, but still using the "language" we speak (of oscillators and filters etc.) to create.

Many of these sounds evolve over time. I have done some more retro sounds here, while trying to add something modern or more "dense" than was possible 30 years ago. Some of these may become jumping-off points for your own ideas, I hope. Some sounds are just playing with the many interacting modulations, generative patches or sound FX that can go on forever. I don't have time to dial in all the options of controllers for every sound, but a quite a few have a mod-wheel option to use.

It's quite a variety, and certainly most of these are not possible on any other instrument I know. It's an amazing design, still evolving, and I don't think I will ever "bump my head" on the ceiling of what it can do...

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Re: New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by progrock1 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:57 pm

awesome. Looking forward to downloading and exploring these sonic creations. Thank you!
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Re: New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by poupouye » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:42 pm

Thanks to Brian to build it and to John to give us :)

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Re: New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by synthwalker » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:36 am

We all know what kind of comitment it is to make presets with such a powerfull synth as the Solaris. Many thanks to Brian for this bank !

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Re: New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by jgale » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:15 am

Very cool presets! They really show the power of the Solaris modulation capabilities.

Thank you Brian for this effort and thank you John for bringing these to us!


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Re: New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by pfrancq » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:04 am

Non only do these presets show the versatility of the Solaris, but there are also very inspiring for my own presets.
Many thanks to Brian.
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Re: New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by nachtsmeer » Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:22 am

Many thanks to Brian for these presets. I know how time consuming (and also rewarding) it is to create special presets.

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Re: New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by Patate le mgae » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:01 am

Than you so much for sharing this, awesome.

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Re: New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by inaheartbeat » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:30 pm

I just spent a bunch of time going through all these presets. Wow.....what great work. Thank you so much for these. I learned a lot just looking at how some of these were constructed. Patch 42, Starpeggios was just awesome!

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Re: New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by scope4live » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:46 pm

Another gift from talented programmer.
Much thanks to JB and the God Kehew....
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Re: New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by niversen » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:25 pm

Thank you for the great patches!

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Re: New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

Post by francois » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:36 am

Fab presets. Thanks.
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