What are virtual instruments?

A virtual instrument is a real instrument that has been recorded by microphones and other studio gear. The instruments are recorded at multiple velocities to help provide great realism. These recorded samples are then controlled and played back using a midi controller such as a midi keyboard.

Virtual Instrument Benefits

Virtual instruments provide many great benefits to a musician or producer. For example, most musicians don’t have access to a live session string orchestra for their music. But they do have access to a sample library of an orchestra at a fraction of the cost. Virtual instruments are more affordable than live session musicians. Furthermore, it’s cheaper to obtain a Bechstein piano sample library instead of purchasing an actual piano and having the space for one.

Conclusion

Virtual instruments are a great option used by many music producers to create music. You can get the best of both worlds by combining sampled libraries with real live session musicians which is often the case.

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