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[Sticky] PlugInGuru Naming of Patches Guide

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I was sent by Shane a Patch Naming guidelines document, written by user Kevin Giehl (@klight). I have worked through it and made several updates. If you have wondered about the logic behind the patch names, have a look at this 6 page document:

Enjoy and I'm open to altering or filing in if this is missing anything.

- John Lehmkuhl

[edited 5 Mar 2021 by Shane, to give credit to original author @klight.]

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Well nice to see your brain documented in a small way.  I had to learn these via osmosis or you telling me direct.  Learned a few new things after all these years. Thanks 

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Hello John,

this is so helpful when sorting a lot of patches that aren't categorized.

Thank you for all your hard work and experience!

Greetings and God bless, Marius

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I love this! This is what VIP should have been. Some questions:

  • There is an MPE category, but MPE does not describe a sound. So it's not for the name but as an extra tag, right? For instance, the SWAM Cello is actually a STR sound. I would name it "STR - SWAM Cello", and then use MPE as a tag.
  • There is BPM ORGAN but not ORGAN
  • There is BPM LEAD but not LEAD
  • There is BPM CHORD but not CHORD
  • Should there be a VOCODER category?
This post was modified 2 years ago 3 times by crazyray54

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I made a suggestion here to develop this further by 1) using Category only for the categories described here (i.e. instruments), 2) adding a Timbre tag to describe sounds in exclusive pairs (e.g., bright vs dark), and 3) add a Style tag to describe properties such as Acoustic, Ambient and Analog. I would be happy to help develop these tags.

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I love the Skippy's Patch naming system and have been using it ever since I bought my first Pluginguru Library!

My favorite thing is the CAPS Category right up front which makes finding patches super fast.

Over the years, I've added a few more instrument Categories that Windcontroller players tend to have a lot of.


BRASS -  already exists on the list, but I use this for mostly brass ensembles/sections or synth brass emulations

CLAR - Clarinets

FLUTE - Flutes, Pan Flutes, Airy Flutes, Ocarina, Recorder and anything Flutey

HORN - French Horns

REED - Harmonicas, Accordions, as well as double reeds like Oboe & Bassoon.

SAX - Saxophones

TBONE - Trombones

TRMPT - Trumpets

TUBA - Tubas


Have fun!



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