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

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Introduction

‘Plug-ins and virtual instruments’ – so what's this all about? In case you haven't heard, there has been a quiet revolution going on over the last few years in the world of recording. Computer programmers are taking over from hardware engineers as the stars of this show and are busying themselves emulating in software what previous generations of audio engineers created using analogue and digital hardware technologies. Some new designs are emerging that are unique to the software environment, while others are aiming to replace classic hardware for music and recording. So today you can get simulations of everything from Fender guitar amplifiers and speakers, Hammond organs and Rhodes pianos, Prophet 5 and Moog synthesizers, to reverb ...

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