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Chapter 7. Using VST Instruments

Chapter 7. Using VST Instruments

A VST instrument—usually called a VSTi—is a piece of software that uses the processing power of your computer to generate sounds, turning your audio computer into an actual instrument. Before VST instruments, the computer could record, edit, play, and mix audio with effects, but all sound generation had to happen outside of the computer. VST instruments changed that and gave the computer an even greater role in music production.

If you are familiar with VST instruments at all, you probably think of VST instruments as famous pieces of hardware re-created as software plug-ins triggered by MIDI. That is certainly one role they fulfill, but many VST instruments are only slightly related to hardware. There are loop tools, specialized drum samplers, strange other-worldly sound generators, and even applications that let you hand-build your own VST instruments. Don't make the mistake of thinking that VSTi is only for synth geeks without the budget for “real” synthesizers.


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