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A Professional Guide to Audio Plug-ins and Virtual Instruments by Mike Collins

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1 Overview

This section will introduce the concepts of plug-ins and virtual instruments, explaining how these can be categorized and how they integrate into the various host platforms.

The distinction between virtual instruments and plug-ins is subtle – in the sense that they are all software applications that ‘plug in’ to their host software. The term ‘virtual instruments’ applies to any software that acts as a musical instrument of some type. Synthesizers, samplers and drum-machines are all considered to be musical instruments, and there are increasing numbers of these available in software along with simulations of conventional instruments ...

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