For the first time this year, I went back to using MadTracker. This time, for a new reason- VST (Virtual Studio Technology) instruments. VST instruments offer new possibilities for various music makers. There are both VST effects and VST instruments. Proper utilization of these can lead to great-sounding, almost professional-quality music. Programs that allow for VST to be used (like the aforementioned MadTracker) can give you the power to make your own incredible music. Initially intended to be on VST instruments alone, I have made this blog post about both VST effects and instruments.
I will provide videos to help you get a grasp on what is possible using VST instruments. I will try to find mostly brief videos to help you to get a grasp on what each entails. I want to offer videos while trying not to find tutorials or videos that have a lot of talking. The stars of these videos are the sounds. I also tried not to find tutorials, because the main point of this is on demonstrating items; NOT on tutorials.
VST Effects.When you use VST Effects, you are able to dynamically change the flow of songs. Skillful use of VST Effects will allow you to create some great effects and make your songs sound better. A big difference can be made in how songs sound once you start implementing VST effect plugins.
This video features a VST effect called Vocalizer. Have a look (and a listen) to this video:
VST Instruments.I can speak as someone who has made tracker music previously using samples. After having used samples a lot, I have discovered VST instruments recently. VST Instruments sound much more professional and much cleaner than using samples. The best thing about module tracker music is that you can make music either with your PC keyboard or with a MIDI-compatible keyboard (which I recommend). There's also better overall control of your music when you make tracker music. A lot of these VST instruments also allow you to easily change and customize all effects. I found this to be very convenient. Thing is, I think you have to specify certain instruments individually, especially if you're going to use one VST instrument across multiple tracks.
I'm still learning how to use VST instruments, but I have a nice grasp so far. I wish I could have found something better, but here is a VST instrument sample here. This VST plugin allows you to generate sounds similar from what you'd hear from a sitar:
So What is Possible Using VST Plugins?Almost anything. As long as you have great skill in making music, any kind of music that can be made from generated material is possible.
The most common genre of music for VST plugins is usually some form of electronic dance music. Here is some trance using VST instruments:
Here is a hip-hop song using VST plugins:
Here is a rock song. The only real instrument in this video is the guitar. Everything else is either a VST plugin or plugins from FL Studio 8:
An important thing to take note of is that some VST plugins can be difficult to use and may eat up a lot of your PC resources. About the bare minimum for most PCs for using VST plugins is 256MB of RAM and a 1.0 GHz processor. Some VST plugins aren't as intensive on computer resources. You'll need to check out the certain aspects of VST plugins to help you into getting a quality VST based on your PC's CPU and difficulty level in using each VST plugin.
These VST instruments alone are a good set of VST instruments to start off with if you're an amateur. I will add more VST instruments in the future to help you to really get the most out of your tracker music. Some other VST instruments have to be paid for. There are some VST instruments that are free, but are only demos. So you don't get as much out of them as you would like.
Here is a song I created called "Right Here With You," taken from my Facebook profile page. I even share what VST instruments I have used in creating this song. Don't expect anything spectacular... just have a listen:
Here is another one I released not too long ago. This is "Saturday Night Delight" on YouTube:
That's just a sample of the VST instruments I've used and utilized. Let me know what you think if you want to comment on it!
I hope this blog post has given you some insight on VST plugins. Here are some links you can visit:
* Steinberg - the ones who created the VST format, as well as Cubase
* VST Planet - Free VST Plugins
Here are a few programs that utilize VST plugins. This is for all of you wanting to make your own music:
* Cubase - Steinberg made the VST format, and also their greatly acclaimed digital audio workstation
* FL Studio - perhaps the world's most popular digital audio workstation
* MadTracker (what I use for module tracker music)
* Renoise (a module tracker)
There are MANY more sites and such that offer VST-enabled programs as well as VST plugins themselves, so use your preferred browser to find many more VST plugins and VST plugin programs!
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