What is a VST plugin or VSTi instrument

Posted by Looperman on 2012-05-02 in Tutorials17 Comments88647 Views
What is a VST plugin or VSTi instrument

Any questions or thoughts ?

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  1. AllenV
    AllenV on Fri 4th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    This was great,I'm moving from a stand alone Tascam 8tr to Ableton live very soon so this was informative.

  2. Looperman
    Looperman on Fri 4th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    Hi Allen,

    I always thought this topic was too basic to write about but then noticed people searching for it so thought why not.

    If you have any questions just post them in here

  3. VickyDan
    VickyDan on Sun 6th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    Hello ....

    Thank you, this article is already a very good approach.
    I use for my creations, many of them, but as explained here, It should not to make anything, and have a "machine" powerful enough that the desired outcomes, are acceptable, and of good quality. This technology requires some trainings, and common sense for to use it, very correctly.
    In summary, it is a way not too expensive, for have a large orchestra in your PC .... also.

    Dan

  4. Mahloo13
    Mahloo13 on Sun 6th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    It really is amazing at how far this technology has gone and the quality it has reached. It truly was a game changer back then and now it's just amazing what can be achieved with such technology.

  5. StereoMathematics
    StereoMathematics on Fri 11th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    would love to see that article about how to improve performance. vst effects (reverbs, delays, ozone, stereo wideners and the like) shouldnt be pushing the cpu meter to 100 in live and maschine on my system like they do. i fiddled with the daw latency options with little success, but in the meantime, ill try and see if i can adjust the latency of my sound card, maybe that might do the trick.

  6. Mahloo13
    Mahloo13 on Fri 11th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    @Stereomathematics - actually Reverbs and Ozone are very CPU intensive! There is little you can do about it. Upgrade your PC eventually!

  7. StereoMathematics
    StereoMathematics on Sat 12th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    limited to what i can do in the ways of upgrades. it was a barebones build from tiger direct and the case it came with has a top mounted 450 watt psu. but its built around a amd phenom black edition, with more memory then a herd of old elephants. its been 2 years, guess its time to put together a new one. i see 8 cores in my future...

  8. Looperman
    Looperman on Sat 12th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    Ill try and get something written up about getting the most out of your system next week. most of it is common sense once you see it

  9. Mahloo13
    Mahloo13 on Sun 13th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    The Phenom is a dual core if I'm right?...that should be pretty good if it's the 3.2GHz one. As far as RAM go at least 4GB is recommended but of course it matters what OS you are running as well.

    How much RAM do you run anyways?

    Are your HDD's IDE or S-ATA II?

    What DAW do you use? Does it take full advantage of both your CPU' cores?

  10. brainstrainmusic
    brainstrainmusic on Sun 13th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    I am very relieved that this topic is here. I am an Ableton user, have been for a long time...before that I was a FL user. I have absolutely no experience with VST and my friend just hooked me up with one called DRF2 from Limeflavour. The site he sent me to is myVST dot com. There is little explaining on how to use it and I am really hoping I can get some tips. My keyboard for midi is the microKORG XL synth/vocoder. Thank you all for your time.

  11. StereoMathematics
    StereoMathematics on Sun 13th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    @mahloo-senpai
    no, the phenom is a quad core processor runnin stock at 3.7ghz. i tried some gentle oc but kept gettin bsod errors due to the small psu i have, so i had to revert back to factory settings. runnin stable ever since. i have 8 gigs of 1066mhz ddr2 memory, windows 7 ultimate. hard disk is a sata2 750gig at 7200rpm split into two partitions, one with windows and all programs is at 350gigs the other is for storage. bus speed on my mobo is 2600mhz.

    i use ableton live and maschine. live apparently limits the amount of usable threads when running on a muslticore system, but i have also seen that there is a button somewhere in live to make it run better with a multicore cpu.i also did some research on virtual sound technologies and found that plugins dont always run seeing that there is a multi core processor, often times independent of the host they are loaded into. therefore they dont utilize the full capability of the installed cpu chip. also, some plugins made with synthedit are janky on multicore systems. dont know if that applies to some of the plugins i use, another thing to look into. me and google are becomin good freinds again lately...

  12. Mahloo13
    Mahloo13 on Sun 13th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    @ST - That's a lot of processing power mate! There must be something wrong on the software config, one of my own setups is half of yours and I can run a lot of plugs on it and start hickuping around 100 tracks of heavy processing and automation.

    I don't know about Ableton Live and multi core support but I know that some DAW's have some errors and must leave one of the cores free. So you only use 7 cores out of 8 for processing as the rest would be needed for other DAW tasks.

    You might be right about the plugins acting differently based on the DAW you are using. So far I didn't experience such problems. I've heard that plugins made with synthedit are quite jerky sometimes, I don't run any to be honest. I can't remmember the last time I had a system crash and the last one was because of an EQ made with Synthedit.

    I hope you are not running your sessions with all the virtual instruments in there and trying to mix the track like that? Lol.

    Bounce to wav and start a new session for the mix. Lot's of power that way.

    Anyways this blog is heading into a nice direction. Some good info in here.

  13. Boogieskippo
    Boogieskippo on Mon 14th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    VST is a 'virtual Studio Technology' is software from your CD or pen drive or internet downloads product from a hardware equipment such as 'CUBASE' and many more computer audio technology products .
    It can be opporated from midi control keyboard , once you get the config: from your computer system correctly.

  14. StereoMathematics
    StereoMathematics on Tue 15th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    lol no, not mixing on the plugin instrument channel. last time (which was also the first time) i tried doing that with seismic from itchy synths. live literally messed itself and crashed. hard. so yes i bounce to audio, or i use the on instrument effects and leave it at that. and yes this blog is good. really is a great addition to the site. back to research, and bourbon!

  15. erickbarboza
    erickbarboza on Sat 19th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    Where can i download Vst free?

  16. Mahloo13
    Mahloo13 on Sat 19th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    http://www.vst4free.com/

    http://freemusicsoftware.org/category/vsti

    It's as simple as entering "Free Vsti" in your search engine....

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