Expanding your sound canvas with VST’s

With more and more incredible VST software instruments on the market, using a computer as a sound source is becoming more and more popular with keyboard musicians. You can buy a top of the range keyboard for around £2500 which will give you a limited sound source, but with computer VST’s such as Nexus and Native instruments suite, you can keep adding more and more voices to your arsenal.

Over the last few weeks we have been playing using Native Instruments Komplete 8 Ultimate which has a vast array of sounds, loops and effects and all designed to work together perfectly. The great thing with the Native Instruments suite is that no matter what musical style you choose to play, the voices are there. Classical, pop, Dubstep – the software has so much to offer.

In the past we have used Spectrasonics Omnisphere, which is one of the best value for money packages we have come across and this software has some of THE best vocal sounds and synth Arp’s on the market. Priced at £300 this software is a great package to start off with.

As you move up the market in terms of price, you get more “tailored” sounds. For example the Cinematic strings set is in our view the best you can buy for instant strings in a box. The quality of the sampled sounds is breathtaking and you could sit and score a blockbuster movie using these strings and never know that they are coming from a computer – they are so realistic. Linking your computer to our organ or keyboards is pretty simple and the benefits are incredible.  Over the next few months we will have a look in great detail at some of the best VST software packages on the market.

If you are thinking of expanding the sounds – we would seriously recommend looking at the VST plugin option.

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