Electronic music creation started in the late 1960s and early 1970s with bands like Kraftwerk producing tracks using a variety of electronic devices. As computer technology developed over the next 30-40 years, developers began recreating these physical instruments in software, making them much cheaper and more widely available to the general public – and virtual synthesizers were born. Propellerheads’ Rebirth, a software recreation of Roland’s TB-303 synth along with virtual replicas of the iconic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines, was the first such synth to become truly widespread amongst computer musicians when it was released back in 1999. Since then, these technologies have come on leaps and bounds, with almost all well-known electronic instruments now recreated as “virtual instruments”, generally compatible with Steinberg’s VST platform.
Virtualised music studio?
It is somewhat of a mystery why these two modern digital technologies use the same terminology, but the two have actually started to come together with new online music studio software from companies like Soundation. These tools allow musicians to make music within their web browser, offloading the CPU processing to the cloud – and so you can make music with much lighter and less highly powered laptops.
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Originally publisher as What is virtualization?
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