Computer processing speeds have now reached the point where it is becoming increasingly viable to run software simulations of synthesizers, samplers and drum-machines on personal computers within the popular MIDI + Audio DAW’s such as Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Logic Pro and Cubase SX – providing an even more highly integrated environment for music recording and production. Just as the wide range of software signal processing plug-ins has been developed – bringing the outboard into the computer environment – now the programmers are bringing in the MIDI gear as well. These software simulations are also known as virtual instruments ...

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