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

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  8. Arturia Spark LE

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  11. Synthogy Ivory II Grand Piano

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  12. Arturia MiniLab MKII

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  13. Slate Digital Trigger Platinum 2

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  14. Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog Session

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Most popular products

  1. Steinberg Cubase Elements 10

    Stein­berg Cubase Ele­ments 10

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  2. Arturia MiniLab MKII Deep Black

    Arturia MiniLab MKII Deep Black

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  3. Steinberg Cubase Pro 10

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  4. Arturia V-Collection 7

    Arturia V-Col­lec­tion 7

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  5. Steinberg Nuendo 10

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  6. Native Instruments Maschine MK3 Black

    Native Instru­ments Maschine MK3 Black

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  7. Arturia MiniLab MKII

    Arturia MiniLab MKII

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  8. Toontrack EZX Reggae

    Toon­track EZX Reggae

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  9. Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3

    Native Instru­ments Maschine Mikro MK3

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  10. Image-Line FL Studio Producer Edition

    Image-Line FL Studio Pro­ducer Edi­tion

    In stock
    199 €
  11. Toontrack SDX The Metal Foundry

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  12. Arturia V-Collection 7

    Arturia V-Col­lec­tion 7

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  13. Avid Pro Tools

    Avid Pro Tools

    In stock
    499 €
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  14. Toontrack EZX Latin Percussion

    Toon­track EZX Latin Per­cus­sion

    In stock
    35 €
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  15. Native Instruments Komplete 12 Ultimate

    Native Instru­ments Kom­plete 12 Ulti­mate

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