16 Key Issues

So – plug-ins and virtual instruments are happening! And it's not just ‘techie nerds’ who are using these things – even drummers and guitarists are having fun with these software goodies. Producer John Leckie has a theory to explain why: ‘It's the way that lots of these plug-ins are animated – rather like computer games in some ways – that makes them even more appealing. This is what is helping anti-computer band members to accept these tools. It's the look of the things – especially the realistic simulations of the Hammond B3 or the Roland TR808 or the Fender amps – they just don't look like computer stuff any more. That's why the ...

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