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Effects plugins and virtual instruments

Effects plugins and virtual instruments: Digital Audio Foundations
Effects plugins and virtual instruments: Digital Audio Foundations

Plugins are the digital version of analog processors like compressors, EQs, and reverbs. Some plugins, called virtual instruments or software instruments, act as synthesizers or samplers. Matt demonstrates some of the benefits of plugins, like only needing one piece of software to add an effect to dozens of tracks. VST is one specific type of plugin; others include AudioUnits, AAX, and RTAS. Plugins need to match the computer's OS and the DAW's format to work.

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