FabFilter Timeless 3 online help

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Loading presets

Plenty of presets are provided with FabFilter Timeless 3, giving a good idea of what you can do. You can either use the presets as they are, or tweak them further to create your own unique sounds.

  • To load a preset, click the preset button. The presets menu will appear with all available presets. Click a menu item to load that preset. The currently selected preset is highlighted with check marks.
  • To explore the presets one by one, click on the little arrow buttons to the left and right of the main preset button. This will load the previous or next preset in the menu.

The preset button shows the name of the current preset. If you have changed the preset by adjusting one or more parameters, the name is dimmed to indicate that this is not the original preset anymore.


  • The Default Setting preset is loaded automatically when FabFilter Timeless 3 is started. To change the default settings, simply overwrite this preset by clicking Options > Save As Default in the presets menu.
  • To open a preset outside the presets folder, click Options > Open Other Preset. This might be useful if someone sends you a preset by email, for example.
  • If somehow the factory presets are lost or not installed properly, click Options > Restore Factory Presets in the preset menu to restore them.

MIDI Program Change and Bank Select

Loading a presets can also be done via MIDI, using Bank Select and Program Change messages. Click Options > Enable MIDI Program Changes in the preset menu to enable or disable this feature. When enabled, the corresponding bank/program numbers are shown in front of the preset name (for example: (0/65) My Preset). This means that you can load that preset by first sending a Bank Select message to select bank 0 and then sending a Program Change message to select program 65.

Important: All the presets in your preset folder are numbered automatically, starting with bank 0 and program 0. This way, you are able to access any of the presets via MIDI. However, this also means that when you add new presets to the menu, bank/program numbers of other presets might change. Be aware of this when recording program changes in a session! We recommend to create a dedicated folder in your presets folder for your program changes, and name it with two leading underscores (e.g. "__Programs") to ensure it's the first folder in your preset collection and the presets in this folder start with bank 0 and program 0.

Compatibility with Timeless 1 and 2

All presets created with Timeless 1 and 2 can be loaded in Timeless 3. If an earlier version of Timeless is installed on your computer, the presets from this version will be accessible via the V1 Preset Folder and V2 Preset Folder submenus in the preset menu.

You can read more about compatibility with earlier versions of FabFilter Timeless in Upgrading to Timeless 3. Please take some time to read it if you are planning to replace Timeless 1 or 2 instances with Timeless 3 instances in your songs.

Next: Saving presets

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