Can Synthesizers Be Played Without Electricity?
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Can Synthesizers Be Played Without Electricity?

Synthesizers broke through the music scene and redefined the sound of the 70s and 80s as a way to synthesize audio from electricity, hence the name. Synths are still relevant and widely used today, and with so much advancement in synth technology, it’s fair to ask if they still require electricity. Can synthesizers be played…

The Ultimate Virtual Instrument Buyer’s Guide 2024
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The Ultimate Virtual Instrument Buyer’s Guide 2024

So you’re wondering which virtual instrument (VI) you should buy, rent or otherwise try out. In this comprehensive buyer’s guide, we’ll go through everything worth considering before you make any decisions about a virtual instrument plugin. If you’ve found yourself asking, “Which virtual instrument should I buy?” this extensive resource is for you. Please feel…

Full List: Audio Plugin/Virtual Instrument Companies/Brands
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Full List: Audio Plugin/Virtual Instrument Companies/Brands

In this massive directory, I list out all brands and manufacturers of audio plugins and virtual instruments. To keep this article a reasonable length, I’ve only included the websites and a single notable plugin per brand. Note that, in the world of software, new developers come into (and go out of) business on a seemingly…

Top 11 Best Virtual/Software Instrument Plugin Brands 2024
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Top 11 Best Virtual/Software Instrument Plugin Brands 2024

The digital age of recording, in tandem with MIDI, has ushered in an entirely new way of making great music with virtual instruments. Like in-the-box mixing and mastering, which has become the norm in professional and home studios, instruments can now be recorded with software. Whether synth-based, sample-based, or a combination thereof, virtual instruments have…