Virtual instruments play a significant role in the vast majority of the music made today. With the ever-increasing processing power of computers, software synthesizers have become an extremely capable, convenient, and affordable option for the recording artist in comparison with their predecessors. This article summarizes the fundamentals of sound synthesis, some of the associated terms and commonly-used acronyms, and how it is predominantly incorporated into modern recording environments.
With the Alesis VX49 USB/MIDI controller keyboard, you can load up your favorite VST software synthesizers, samplers and drum machines as if you were working on a standalone keyboard workstation. The included VIP software scans your instrument plug-ins, indexes all of their presets, maps out the controls, and allows you to switch sounds and tweak parameters on the fly, without ever touching your mouse. This article walks through how to setup the Alesis VX49 with Reaper.