FAQ

On this site you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about SparkPackers, the shop and our products. Please read them first. If you don’t find an answer or question you were looking for, please contact me at Michael@SparkPackers.com or head over to the Contact page. I’m here to help.

PRODUCT-RELATED

YES please! By purchasing the SoundPacks you are 100% allowed to use any of the sounds provided into your music wether it’s for free or commercial use.
The license is for commercial and non-commercial use in music and audio production without paying any additional license fees or providing source attribution to SparkPackers.

You cannot create your own sound library or any product that is not a musical composition this includes soundbanks, sample packs, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, FL Studio, Bitwig or Digital Performer projects, templates or stock audio with SparkPackers sounds, samples and WaveTables and resell it.

For now, the two SoundPacks in our roster are made for the soft synth Serum.
So in order to use the presets you must have XFER Serum VST/AU v1.214 or higher installed on your computer.

Copy the Presets folder in the presets folder of Serum:
For PC
Documents/XFER/SerumPresets/Presets
For Mac
/Library/Audio/Presets/Xfer Records/Presets

Put the WaveTables folder here:
For PC
Documents/XFER/SerumPresets/Tables
For Mac
/Library/Audio/Presets/Xfer Records/Tables

If your folder structure is different and you cannot find the correct folders, there is an easy way to locate the installation folders of the Presets and WaveTables:
1) Open Serum.
2) Click “Menu” (Top right)
3) Click “Show Serum Presets Folder”
4) Drag the downloaded folders into their corresponding location.

Yes, of course. In the description bar below the preset’s name, you can find out, what the Modulation Wheel (MW) is doing. The default assignment is /MW = Vibrato. You will also find other assignments like /MW = Filter Down, /MW = HPF, /MW = Detune A, … just to name a few…

No, there are no overlaps between the WTs of each SoundPack. The WaveTables that come with Future Tech >> Pop are totally different from the WaveTables that are stored in the Bass & Freaks WaveTables Folder. And vice-versa.

In most cases, the presets use custom-made WaveTables that have their own unique name and are neatly stored in the WaveTable folder that comes with the SoundPack. You can therefore use them and load them up into the WaveTable section of Serum. The WaveTables (WTs) you are asking about however are not saved in the WaveTables folder.

Sometimes I had to modify an existing custom-made WaveTable, that is already in the SparkPackers WaveTable folder, to make this one preset sound better. I wanted to tweak this WT just a little bit here and there to get the most amazing result. I’m working hard to be not a perfectionist, but sometimes I can’t help myself and have to do this little extra tweak.

The WTs called “Custom [SPARKPACKERS]” are slightly edited clones of existing custom-made WaveTables but I ultimately decided against saving and storing them in the WT folder in order to keep everything neat and clear and to not overcomplicate stuff. You can always save these kind of WaveTables and give them their unique name, of course.

In some handful cases the used WaveTable remains nameless. There is no name at all, the field above the WT is left blank. That’s because Serum did not write/export the WT correctly at times. You have to go through this Export-Import process in order to give a WaveTable a unique name. During the export process Serum did some normalizing or other stuff I didn’t want in these exceptional cases. So in order to leave the WT uncompromized, I refrained from giving the WT its own name and decided to leave it blank.

I sampled noise oscillators from analog synths and recorded live instruments like bass, guitars and percussions. From the latter I only kept the first inital milliseconds in order to get that short klicky and snappy attack sound.

These noise and attack samples are only embedded in the presets that use these noise sounds. There is no extra folder that contains all the custom-made noise samples. If you would like to get your hands on more of these noise samples, let me know and I will attach them to upcoming SoundPacks as well.

In order to give you the sound you always wanted from a hardware synth but never hoped to achieve with a soft synth, I push Serum to its limits. I minimized these glitches by rendering the WTs internally. But if you still encounter those glitches you can:

  • Lower the Unison of the OSC.
  • Give Serum more space to breeze by disabling FX units like Reverb, Delay ect…
  • Go to GLOBAL > Oscillator Setting > and choose Quality 1 X (Draft). Turn it back up to 2 X or even 4 X when bouncing the relevant Serum track for best qualitiy.

ORDERING & PAYMENT

Products are digital and delivered instantly as downloads. You will receive your download links right after the purchase on a new page called “Thank you. Your order has been received.”
You will also immediately get an order confirmation email that contains the relevant download links.
The third option to get to your downloads: Head over to your My Account section and click on Downloads.

Sorry about that. We send out confirmation emails to the email address you’ve provided during the checkout process. If you paid with Paypal, please check the email address associated with your Paypal account.

Or maybe your SPAM filter grabbed that email? Could you check that please?

If you still can’t find an email from SparkPackers, please head over to the Contact page to get in touch. I’ll happily fix this!

Your data will be handled confidentially and encrypted with SSL (Secure-Socket-Layer) secure server software using an encryption key length of 128-bits (the highest level commercially available). The encrypted information of your order, your name, address, credit card or bank details cannot be read by any third party. It goes without saying, that absolutely no data is sold onto third parties.

You can pay with:

  • Credit Card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Maestro)
  • Paypal (when checking out with PayPal, you login to your PayPal account or you create a new one and when you get back to our site you click on PLACE ORDER or SIGNUP NOW to complete the order.

No worries. We do not and cannot store any credit card information because at no point of the checkout process do we have access to it. All purchases are made through very secure third party payment gateways.

GENERAL

Yeah. Happy to hear that you want to connect. Please head over to the Free section to subscribe and receive your FREE Welcome Pack.

Feel free to share your experience and personal involvement with SparkPackers and tell us your story on how you use the sounds.
I would love to hear on what official release or project SparkPackers sounds are used on.
I appreciate your support so much. Thanks!

  • I would love to hear which product and soundpack you used.
  • How did you like the quality of the sounds and did you find them inspiring?
  • How did the sounds fit into your music and workflow?

Please note that by sending us your testimonial or review via email you approve for it being published on our website and Facebook page, including your full name or the name of the project/act you are known as. I can also offer to feature you with a photo, a short description and a link to your website, if you want.

Just send me an email to: Michael@SparkPackers.com

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