Friday, April 21, 2017

VST Plugins

VST Plugins are pieces of software designed within the parameters of the VST (Virtual Studio Technology) standard, allowing the integration of virtual instruments and effects into digital audio workstations (DAW) to work with music inside a digital context, usually on a computer.
VST Plugins

The Virtual Studio Technology (VST) was introduced by a German musical software and equipment company based in Hamburg named Steinberg back in 1996 with the specifications and SDK, along with the first VST plugins present in the version 3.02 of the Steinberg Cubase digital audio workstation (DAW). These VST plugins were:

  • Espacial, a reverb VST plugin;
  • Choirus, a chorus VST plugin effect;
  • Stereo Echo, a delay VST plugin effect;
  • Auto-Panner, a panning effect VST effect plugin.

The vast majority of VST plugins are either instruments (VSTi) or effects, but there are some exceptions like meters and spectrum analyzers. It's common to find VST plugin emulations which simulate famous hardware synthesizers, samplers and audio effects, emulating both sonic characteristics and appearance of the real world equipments.


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