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Chapter 10. Software Synthesis

Chapter 10. Software Synthesis

In Chapter 1, I talked about the differences between MIDI and digital audio. MIDI is simply performance data. MIDI data alone does not produce any sound. In order to have sound produced from your MIDI data, you need a MIDI instrument. Usually, a MIDI instrument comes in the form of a MIDI synthesizer keyboard or module. These are hardware-based synthesizers. Today, however, personal computers have become so powerful that it is now possible to simulate a MIDI synthesizer via a computer software program. This process is known as software synthesis, and basically it has the power to turn your computer into a full-fledged MIDI synthesizer module. SONAR has built-in software synthesis features. In this chapter, I’ll tell you all about the software synthesis features that SONAR provides. This chapter will do the following:

  • Explain DX and VST instruments

  • Show you how to set up and play DX and VST instruments

  • Explain the Virtual Sound Canvas

  • Demystify the DreamStation

  • Explain the Cyclone

  • Discuss the VSampler 3

  • Discuss the ReValver

  • Introduce SoundFonts and LiveSynth Pro

  • Explain the ReWire technology


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