Software Instruments

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

Software Instruments
Software Instruments
  1. 1.
    Introduction
  2. 2.
    History
  3. 3.
    Software Synthesisers
  4. 4.
    Software Samplers
  5. 5.
    Software Sound Modules
  6. 6.
    Software ROMplers
  7. 7.
    Latency
  8. 8.
    Working within CPU Limitations
  9. 9.
    Conclusion
  10. 10.
    Hotdeals

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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