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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Introduction to Computer Music: Plug-Ins

      In this 2nd blog post, I will discuss the ever expanding world of DAW plug-ins!

     There are so many out there, ranging from just a couple megabytes to a 500GB library of pinpoint accurate and dynamic samples. I will discuss VST plug-ins and Mastering/EQing plug-ins in this article.

Plug-ins are little pieces of software that attach to the DAW. You can access and open software within the DAW to use it with your MIDI Controller ( A external hardware device that controls plug-ins/MIDI software) or Sampling Pad (An Electronic Percussive Device used the same was as a MIDI Controller).

Of course there are many uses for plug-ins and there are thousands of them out there. A lot of them are free to download and they are relatively easy to install.

*You can even pick up a disc of plug-in software at your local music store if they have a Pro-Audio section.*

VST Plug ins:

VST (Virtual Instrument) is a plug in that try's to mimic and simulate a real instrument. With the way technology

is growing, these virtual instruments are beginning to sound like the real deal!

Here is a short list of VST plug-ins that I have used and can recommend to you.


Addictive Drums



Guitar Rig 4

Steinbergs Virtual Guitarist

Refx´s Slayer


Synthology's Ivory

Labordance stage piano

Mda piano


EastWest EW-178 Quantum Leap

East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs

Other Plug-ins:

Not all DAW plug-ins are VST. There are plug ins out there that can add effects and more mastering/EQing options, which will in tern effect the overall end product of your song. All these plug-ins are just waiting to be downloaded so go ahead and try as many as your hard-drive can handle!!!


  1. I have always wanted to buy instrument expansions for garageband, but its like $30 for 10 instruments that I may never use! I never know what to do. I am going to tag this post for later reference. Thanks for the info dude.

  2. awesome, tyvm
    ive been looking for this kinda stuff forever

  3. This is absolutely helpful. I wish I had a list like this years ago, thank you.

  4. i use guitar rig and addictive drums. great stuff on here.

  5. very interesting post. i am following.
    i would love to try superior drummer, but its a little bit expensive...

  6. fantastic post, thanks :D

  7. why make music when you can listen to it?

  8. Awesome post man. As a person that's into music, this is definitely something to be on the look for.

  9. Nice post, i've been dabbling in sort of things for a while.

  10. sweet. this is gonna be good.

  11. Will need to start doing it! it seems so awesome

  12. These are cool. The new ipad app music is really neat also.

  13. Really coool, I like to use FL Studio 9 to make music. I can make some pretty cool stuff but I'm still just a beginner.

  14. sweet!!! I so need one of those!!!

  15. Thanks for the help!

  16. I'm an audio engineer and musician, so this is a great guide for anyone getting into this kind of stuff.

  17. I'm pretty good with computers, but man this stuff confuses me.

  18. Awesome list, I might need it later for my blog. Thanks for the help! Followed!