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Software synthesizers

A software synthesizer or virtual instrument is a computer program for digital audio generation. It works like a common synthesizer, but is realized entirely in software. A software synthesizer will typically respond to MIDI calls like a normal synthesizer module.

Types of software synthesizer

Software synthesizers can run as stand-alone applications or as plug-ins within other applications.

There are various audio plug-in formats that allow implementation of software synthesizers including:

Popular software synthesizers

See also

External links

  • Software synthesizer news (http://www.synthtopia.com/Articles/MusicSoftware.html)
  • KVR (http://www.kvr-vst.com/) is an excellent resource for keeping track of software version updates.
  • Syntheway VST Instruments (http://www.syntheway.cjb.net/)
  • Arturia (http://www.arturia.com/) produces software versions of the ARP 2600, MiniMoog, Moog Modular, and Yamaha CS-80v using TAE (true analog emulation.) When compared, the waveforms of both the software and hardware synthesizers are nearly identical.
  • GMedia (http://www.gmediamusic.com/) picks up where Arturia left off, offering emulations of the ARP Odyssey and more.

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