So I have a bunch of presets (.unit files) that I made, some of which I shared on GitHub.
When I want to use a preset, I really don’t want to think about if it was implemented with a two-band, six-band or a mixer, I just want to use, say a reverb. So the insert->presets is helpful, in that I don’t have to create a certain type of unit just to find out that the preset I want to use is actually for som other type of unit. However I still have to browse the folders for the various unit-types.
So I tried creating a new folder (I chose the name “favorites”) next to the folders for the various unit types, and copied a few presets for various units types in there. And lo and behold, loading those presets via insert->presets actually worked. Only quirk is that saving the preset will default to the preset folder for the unit type (say “six-bands”).
So two questions for @odevices
- Was I just lucky, or is loading presets from a randomly named folder officially supported?
- Any chance we can have a feature in a future firmware, where saving a unit defaults to the location it was loaded from, and not the folder for the unit type?
If this would work smoothly, it would be really easy to install other peoples presets, just drop the folder (named a773, starthief, whatever) in your presets folder, no need to copy files into the correct folder according to their unit types.
There may be more elaborate/elegant ways of handling this, this is just a low hanging fruit, if I understand correctly.
EDIT: Thinking about this, In my opinion we could actually do away with the current folder structure entirely if:
- Preset saving defaulted to the folder it was loaded from.
- Newly created presets (not loaded ones) would default to just presets folder, with the option to save into a different folder.
- Loading a preset into an already instantiated unit would list all presets for this unit type, recursively found in the presets folder.
Am I alone here? Is this a non-problem? Or do we already have a better solution in place that I don’t know about (highly likely)?