Audio Plug-ins and Virtual Instruments

Published in 2003, this is the most comprehensive book available about audio plug-ins and virtual instruments.

If you are an audio professional needing a complete reference to the complex world of plug-ins and virtual instruments, look no further. Mike Collins has meticulously surveyed the scene, showing what’s available and how they integrate into the various host platforms.

Key Features:

  • The differences between TDM, RTS, MAS and VST plug-ins.
  • How these can be used with different MIDI + Audio programs.
  • Virtual instruments and how these can be used as either plug-ins or stand alone products.
  • The book also includes a section on how to write your own plug-ins and a suggested standard plug-ins portfolio for those wanting to get started quickly.

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  1. I’ve never had much luck with Sonar, so I eventually moved to Pro Tools. Pro Tools is a peorwful program with many different options. There are two different types of Pro Tools for the beginner: Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered. I currently use the M-Powered edition, which I like, but don’t love. The good part is, it does pretty much anything I would want it for. There are a wide variety of plug-ins that it can use, and the RTAS (real-time audio suite) makes it a lot easier to correct mistakes in mixing, and gives you a better idea of what your sound will be while recording.The bad part is, they’re still working out a few of the bugs. They’ve corrected a lot (you can get updates from digidesign’s website). Also, you can ONLY use M-Audio interfaces; you can’t even use Digidesign interfaces. With LE, you need a Digidesign interface, but you can use other interfaces along with it. You can’t, however, use M-Audio interfaces.As far as interfaces go, to get started, I would recommend a firewire, or USB interface that has balanced inputs/outputs, and mic pre-amps. I have used the M-Audio Fast Track Pro, which has all of these with the ability to record at 24-bit/96kHz (studio quality), and MIDI I/O. The pre-amps aren’t fantastic, but they will be sufficient to get your feet wet.The best route is to get educated first. Then you will know exactly what you are looking for, and it will save you the headache of buying unnecessary items. I recommend the book Modern Recording Techniques Sixth Edition by David Miles Huber, and Robert E. Runstein. This way you will understand a lot of tech terms, and you can avoid sales people who don’t know what they’re talking about (which unfortunately, happens a lot).I hope this helps, and good luck!

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