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Chapter 5.  Working with Tracks  >  VST Instruments (VSTi)

VST Instruments (VSTi)

VST instruments—VSTi, for short—are software-based synthesizers that use the ASIO 2 protocol developed by Steinberg to generate or output their sound through the computer’s sound card. They are, in essence, special audio plug-in effects working within Cubase. These audio plug-in effects generate the sounds triggered by MIDI events recorded in a project. This is done by assigning the MIDI output of a track into the audio VSTi plug-in effect.

This opens up a whole world of exciting possibilities for any music enthusiast, as well as for hard core music veterans. VST instruments are activated through the VST instrument panel found in the Devices menu (or by pressing F11 on your computer keyboard). The VST Instrument panel is like an empty rack of instruments in which you load instruments as you need them. You can load up to 64 VSTi per project in SX 2.0 (16 in SL). Each number found on the left of the panel corresponds to an individual instrument slot. The controls for each instrument are identical. By default, these slots are empty. You can click on the instrument list in the VST Instrument panel to access installed VST instruments on your computer (see Figure 5.5); you can select the VSTi that you want to activate. To install a VSTi, follow the instructions provided by the plug-in manufacturer.


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