VST is an abbreviation of Virtual Studio Technology. Steinberg (of Cubase) is the developer of this.
The audio software in Cubase is enriched with plugins (programs/modules processed in Cubase).
This gives you real-time beautiful extensions that you can add to your Cubase sequences or play with it yourself.
Instead of buying expensive Studio Modules or Synthesizers, Pianos or Hammond Organs, you can purchase Virtual Instruments.
You place it on the computer as software and you often see very nice instruments with lots of buttons and controls on the screen.
De mogelijkheden zijn enorm.
And..... A lot of this software is often free too.
Examples of these plugins include "Effectizer_1.1", "MrDonald", "KTrancer" or "ORGANized_trio".
These plugins can be effects modules or complete organs/synthesizers
These can be downloaded for free from the internet.
Here on the left the VST module/plugin "ORGANized_trio".
You can operate all Drawbars and buttons and they all still work.
"It often costs nothing", I hear you think?
But Cubase is not the only one that supports VST plugins.
But we aim for fun and free, right?
For example, consider a Hammond VSTi together with
Above you see the program VST-host with
The VSTis: ORGANized Trio and AM Freehand synthesizer
Advice: Use 2 monitor screens next to each other.
(<= Click on image to see it enlarged)
Sometimes it's more convenient to have fun standalone synthesizers and others
How do you do that:
Above you see the program Savihost with
What does ASIO mean ?
ASIO is a driver developed by Steinberg for virtual organs, synthesizers or effects devices.
Many programs today support ASIO because it is a widely used driver.
ASIO stands for "Audio Stream Input Output".
If you have installed this ASIO driver it is not yet activated.
Make sure in your settings that this driver is active instead of the windows driver.
The better sound cards have their own ASIO drivers.
What is Latency ?
Latency is the delay you hear between pressing the key of your organ/keyboard and actually hearing the sound.
Many Midi enthusiasts suffer from this.
Because VST instruments are often used nowadays, you can understand that this requires a lot of calculations.
Software synthesizers often had a delay when playing.
So are VST instruments.
Now we are working hard to ensure that the delay (latency) is as low as possible.
Good sound cards already have virtually zero latency (approx. 6 milliseconds).
You will hear a clear difference at about 40 milliseconds.
The latency of a regular windows driver (the ASIO Multimedia driver) is about (don't be alarmed) 750 milliseconds.
either press a key, go have a coffee, come back and you will hear the tone of your VST organ. (so to speak then)
The default Windows Asio Multimedia Driver has very poor Latency.
You can see the "Output Latency" is almost a second.
The Asio DirectX Driver is already a lot better. As far as output is concerned.
The newer Asio drivers from Creative can already be played well.
I prefer the M-Audio Audiophile 2496 sound card.
This has an average latency of 6 milliseconds.
Here is a good example of buffer sizes you can set.
256 samples as buffer size is the minimum.
But as you will understand, you can influence the Latency and thus make it smaller in most cases.
There is also a Universal ASIO driver (so driver) for WDM Audio or ASIO4ALL
The latency of ASIO4all is about 11 milliseconds. That in itself is fine.
To download: look at www.asio4all.com
There is a lot to be found in the field of software for the free VST instruments.
Still, I do want to notify you a collection of Freeware VST instruments from you.
Elektrostudio offers a collection of 10 analog synths.
These VSTs have already been made self-bootable (Standalone Windows only, built-in VST host) or can be used separately as a DLL file (So also for Mac).
With the standalone version you can first select your sound card in the settings (with Wave) when starting up.
Also set the Midi in settings. All this is one time.
Then start the engine with the spacebar. Then he does.
The program often already has presets. F8 is one preset ahead and F7 one back.
My Favorite VST plugins are the plugins of Kjaerhus VST.
|A few examples of these plugins are:
But there are even more free plugins available.
You will be amazed at the overwhelming amount of good and quality VST instruments and effects.
You can link everything together and build a real music studio.
|A few simple Midi keyboards||a||computer||and ... ready to play !!|