Online Guides: Software Instruments

These days, software instruments seem to most like the natural thing to use as a sound source in a computer-based studio.

Welcome to our Software Instrument Online Advisor.

These days, software instruments seem to most like the natural thing to use as a sound source in a computer-based studio. However until only a few years ago, the whole idea was a struggle, plagued by problems with latency, CPU power and instability - you could often spend as much time trying to get them to work properly as you could using them to create music. Today though, software instruments are reaching maturity, and have continued to evolve to become ever more sonically astounding and ground-breaking.

This article will look at how software instruments came to be, and then explore the different types available and how they can best be used within the limitations of current technology.

Our Online Advisor extends to several pages - you can jump from section to section using the index below or the navigation at the bottom of each page.

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Best rated products

  1. Toontrack EZ Drummer 2

    Toon­track EZ Drummer 2

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  2. Toontrack EZ Drummer 2

    Toon­track EZ Drummer 2

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  3. Image-Line FL Studio Producer Edition

    Image-Line FL Studio Pro­ducer Edi­tion

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  4. Native Instruments Maschine MK3 Black

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  6. Image-Line Fl Studio Signature Bundle

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  7. Arturia Spark LE

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  8. Arturia MiniLab MKII

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  9. Native Instruments Maschine Jam

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  10. Slate Digital Trigger Platinum 2

    Slate Digital Trigger Plat­inum 2

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  11. Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog Session

    Applied Acous­tics Sys­tems Ultra Analog Ses­sion

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  12. Steinberg Cubase Pro 10

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  13. Toontrack EZ Drummer 2 EZX Bundle

    Toon­track EZ Drummer 2 EZX Bundle

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  14. Garritan Personal Orchestra 5

    Gar­ritan Per­sonal Orchestra 5

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  15. Toontrack EZ Drummer 2 Songwriter Ed.

    Toon­track EZ Drummer 2 Song­writer Ed.

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  1. Steinberg Halion 6

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  2. Steinberg Groove Agent 5

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  3. Arturia MiniLab MKII

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  4. Image-Line FL Studio Producer Edition

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  5. Ableton Live 10 Suite

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  6. Arturia MiniLab MKII Deep Black

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  7. Steinberg Cubase Elements 10

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  8. Native Instruments Maschine MK3 Black

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  10. Native Instruments Komplete 12 Ultimate

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  12. Arturia Spark LE

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  13. Native Instruments Komplete 12 Ultimate Coll. Ed.

    Native Instru­ments Kom­plete 12 Ulti­mate Coll. Ed.

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  14. Toontrack EZ Drummer 2

    Toon­track EZ Drummer 2

    In stock
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  15. Arturia V-Collection 7

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