What is a VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT?

What is a VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT?

August 8, 2019 37 By Kailee Schamberger


welcome to my new series in which I’ll
be explaining some music production and music creation concepts in simple terms
it’s kind of the way I wish someone had explained them to me when I first got
started. Even if you’re not a beginner keep watching till the end because today
I’m featuring some virtual instruments from one of my favorite companies. If you
need a music production on computers like I once was there probably tons of
new things you’re learning. Today let’s explore virtual instruments. Virtual instruments let you play and record sounds you hear in your head. That
sounds kind of weird but it’s kind of true. We’re creatives and many great
ideas start here. A virtual instrument is software you install on your computer
that emulates the sound of real instruments like pianos, guitars, vintage
synthesizers, orchestral instruments, drums, and even some sounds you haven’t
even heard yet. Many companies sell virtual instruments and there are lots
of free ones too. Adding them to your studio typically involves visiting
website downloading the install file and then installing it. Now after you install
it you can load it right from your DAW’s lists of plugins and then you can start
playing. Now if you’re just getting started you may want to check out my
home studio essentials video to understand some of the basic parts of a
home studio it’ll explain what a DAW is . Ok so why would you choose to have these
sounds installed in your computer instead of a digital piano with built in
sounds. Well two reasons. First it’s a whole lot easier to construct a song
these days using software. Your DAW is software so playing software instruments
inside of your DAW makes things quick and more important you can play, make
mistakes and quickly correct them. Let me show you. Now that wasn’t perfect but watch this. Let’s correct just that one bad note super quick. Second you get to collect tons of sounds
and different user interfaces. Imagine having all the classic synthesizers and
a 40-piece orchestra right in your computer and each with a unique
interface that works best for that instrument. There are so many ways to
modify sounds with these virtual instruments that some of the interfaces
could actually look intimidating. But I always start with the presets. It’s a
great way to learn the sounds that the instrument can make and how the controls
modify those sounds. Here’s a popular modern synth with an excellent layout
that works well for these sounds and now here’s an emulation of a classic
synth by Casio laid out similar to the original one. Plus if you prefer hands on
control this synth sound can be adjusted tweaked, and modified with the knobs on an
inexpensive controller keyboard. This one’s just $100 and can
control any virtual instrument. If you’re looking for some other hundred
dollar options out there check out my video here. Most virtual instruments use
the Audio Units au or VST format so compatibility with your DAW usually
isn’t an issue with Macs or PCs. Just check the specs to make sure you’ve got
enough computer power for them. Now if you’re just getting started check out
the sounds included in your DAW. You’ll find a bunch of free stuff
already there. If you’re looking for some more free sounds download Dexed. It’s a
free classic FM synth plugin. Now if you want to dive into some classic
synthesizers you got to check out the brand new V Collection 7 by Arturia
announced today. Three of the brand new synths that you heard in the song I made
today are made using the Arturia V Collection 7. I’ll put links to
everything I’ve mentioned in the description of this video.
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already. Now get back to making some music you love. See you guys later!