Computer processing speeds have now reached the point where it is becoming increasingly
viable to run software simulations of synthesizers, samplers and drum-machines on personal
computers within the popular MIDI þ Audio DAW’s such as Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Logic Pro and Cubase SX – providing an even more highly integrated environment for music recording
and production. Just as the wide range of software signal processing plug-ins has been devel-
oped – bringing the outboard into the computer environment – now the programmers are
bringing in the MIDI gear as well. These software simulations are also known as virtual instru-
ments as they are constructed using computer code rather than real hardware.