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Chapter 7. Using VST Instruments > What Is a VST Instrument?

What Is a VST Instrument?

A VST instrument is really nothing more than a piece of software that outputs audio when it receives MIDI. This audio can be from any number of sources: some VST instruments are emulations of famous analog synthesizers, some are general-purpose sample players, and others are completely bizarre and unique sound-generation tools that are combinations of synthesizers, samplers, and effect devices.

VST instruments come from many sources. Cubase ships with a group of VST instruments—for instance, the a1 (Figure 7.1) is an analog-style synthesizer. In addition, many commercial software companies make all sorts of other VST instruments, such as the superb sample-based synthesizer Atmosphere from Spectrasonics (Figure 7.2).


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