chapter  10
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Virtual Instruments

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.