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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 7:54 pm    Post subject: okay, how do you get a soft synth to work? Reply with quote

I might be showing my ignorance again but.....how is a software synth used? How & what do uuse to get it to play? Is it triggered by a MIDI track or can you use a MIDI keyboard to play it in realtime? Also software sound modules for different instrument sounds, how do they work? Stand alone, plug-ins, I'm in the dark here big time. Are there any shareware or freeware programs to help get my feet wet with?

I know, too many questions at one time. I just hear so much about "virtual instruments" are easy to use but i haven't been able to find anything that tells how & what you need to set them up and use them.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Softsynths can be standalone or "hosted", usually by a sequencer. The hosting sequencer must use the same protocol, or else a "wrapper" must be used to line up the protocols. Popular protocols include VST, RTAS, DX, TDM, and Audio Units.

Inside your hosting sequencer, when selecting where to route the midi for a specific track, you route the midi to the soft synth, and it plays back and renders with the rest of the tracks. www.kvraudio.com is a good place to find free VST instruments, and reviews of commercial ones. There are shareware and freeware sequencers that do VST hosting - n-track, reaper, and computer muzys are all good ones. There are also hosts that are designed for live playback rather than sequencing, but I don't know much about them.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good answer Dafduc! thats enought to start!
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dafduc, Thanks for the info, it was just what I needed to get me started. I d/l ed a stand alone VST host that I can play in realtime and several modules & synths and got them to work....not without a little bit of figuring out the settings. One of the synths I d/l ed is called SYNTH1, a freebie, and OMG this thing is fantastic!! This will definitely open up a world of sounds for me.

Thanks again very much.

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Im sure that you will love the VST instruments, the bad thing is...the best vst synths are the more expensive.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sonic Synth 2 is a free d/l.....

http://www.soniksynth.com/Main.html?SSFreeDwn

Make sure you download and unzip all the free sounds in that list. Kinda like a software DX7! I'm saving for the full version.

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

soundchaser59, thanks for the tip on the sonic synth. Unfortunately it won't work on my old computer. I'm still running 98. I did find a couple of other places where I found some very nice sounding synths. VST central had the biggest data base of all of them. Here's the link for anyone who hasn't been there yet.

http://www.vstcentral.com/plugins.aspx?mode=1&perPage=20&startAt=0&search=


Hit Squad was another big list of freebies...

http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/

They both have more than just VST instruments...Enjoy!

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