express MPE

an inspiring collection of presets for MPE synths

Synth Presets Superpack

The express MPE Preset pack has over 40 presets representing some of the best synthesizers out there. If you want to get new life from your synths, or are just getting to know MPE, you'll want this pack for some production-ready sounds and imaginative inspiration.

MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) digitizes the subtleties of touch. As more and more software and hardware synthesizers adopt this standard, thereโ€™s never been a better time to play sounds that react to more than just a tap. MPE lets you experience a deep connection to electronic sound.

Ready for Your Imagination

These sounds can stand on their own as rich soundscapes, but theyโ€™re best to mix into your productions. There's something for soundtrack, techno, hip-hop, pop, ambient, or whatever genres you're bending! Take a listen (and look) at our demos and get a taste of whatโ€™s inside.
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You Should Have At Least One of These

Express MPE gives you gorgeous, playful presets for some of our favorite synthesizers: Xfer Serum, Arturia Pigments, Bitwig Studio, Audio Damage Quanta, Madrona Labs Aalto and Kaivo, and the Ashun Sound Machines Hydrasynth. We've even extended this to Audio Damage Phosphor and Continua, sonicLAB Fundamental, Newfangled Audio Generate and Pendulate, and Vital Audio Vital synths.
These sounds range from soft bliss to giant leads to quirky yet versatile percussion, with at least five presets for each title.

New to MPE? These presets are a masterclass in how to map Pitch Bend, Glide, and Pressure in each of these software (and the Hydrasynth hardware). Pull these apart and learn some great ways to get the most from the many dimensions of MPE.

Use these sounds in any MPE-ready host like Bitwig, Live 11, StudioOne, Logic, Cubase, and others with any MPE controller like a Sensel Morph, ROLI, Artiphon, or Linnstrument.

OK, but How Does It REALLY Work?

Even though MPE is a plug-and-play standard, it can be pretty confusing to get started. Every software has a different take on how to implement it and how much you can do. Fortunately, our express MPE tutorial playlist tells you how it all works and goes through each synth and shows you exactly how to set up MPE.
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Learn More About These Synths

Click below to learn more about the products we designed these presets for:

Ashun Sound Machines โ€ข Audio Damage โ€ข Arturia โ€ข Madrona Labs โ€ข Xfer Records โ€ข Bitwig Studio โ€ข Ableton Live 11 โ€ข Vital โ€ข Generate โ€ข Pendulate โ€ข Fundamental โ€ข Continua โ€ข Phosphor
express MPE presets were designed by Matt Pike, with additions by Peter Nyboer.

Audio Samples

Examples from every preset, played solo on a Morph. Variations all come from MPE gestures.

Aalto

Desert
Dulcimers
DX Destruct
Raw
Seq Edit
Summon
Waveswirl

Bitwig

Arps Pads
Bells Grains
Dust Pulse Glitter
Glass Rain Distortions
Layered Mess
Over Dynamic
NextLevel Drums

Continua

Airpluck
Compute Chaos
Disruptive Crypto
Glass Flight
Juniper
Metamono
Polymass
Slow Plasma

Fundamental

chatterbac
ghostasm
tremuloss
distressba
srisquare
unsteno
carcucie
ccharmoffe
shiftsing
refraction
tenseclust
tenseclust2
advret
pluckt
bellydrone

Generate

Blister Pack
Ghost Fam
Mahawurli
Ominous Spacecraft
Pulse Surfer
Revotron
Tone Patrol
Electric P

Hydrasynth

Dated
Drops
Grime
Plunk
Slows

Kaivo

Frag
Giant Mbira
Haunted
Taps
Dirt

Live

ChamberBass
DreamBells
Space Organ
Undertow Bass
Broken Guitar

Pendulate

Bowsichord
Broadcast Graphics
Head Scan
Light Stalker
Orbital Desire
Radwood
Rhythmix
Sensabow

Phosphor

Bell
Confusacat
Digital Clouds
Expandient
Phantasms
Strings

Pigments

1 of 3 Pulses
Dark Layers
Slide Change Dub
Spectral Control
Super 100m
Timestretch Explorer

Quanta

Bell Grain
FFT Contact
Ooo
Sparodic
Strung Badly

Serum

Burnt Tape
Glass Steel
Low Grind
Murk
Poppin
Texture Pulse

Vital

Anime tron
Bee Bass
CMPTING
Horned String
Hypnotica
Tekno Jam