What a time to be a music producer! The barrier to entry is so low that a flea could clear it by a foot. Thanks to advancements in technology fitting supercomputers in our pockets, just about everyone has all the tools they need to start making beats right from their phones.
Vocals can really make or break a song. There’s nothing like having a great singer on your track lending it the final sparkle it needs to become a hit, but it’s all too easy to overdo things and ruin a good take with effects.
VST, or Virtual Studio Technology, is a file format that came out in 1996 as a way to digitally emulate various pieces of hardware, like compressors, EQs, and synthesizers. It quickly became the standard for various software developers, and there have been a number of improvements to the code, resulting in VST 1.0, 2.0, 2.4, and now VST3.
It can be tempting to think that all synths sound the same. After all, a saw wave is a saw wave, right?
Wrong! Each VST synth on the market has it’s own unique character and sound, which is why it’s important to pick the best synth plugin for the music you want to make.
In the great, big world of audio and recording, there’s a million and a half acronyms and terms that can get jumbled and confused quite easily, but VST, or Virtual Studio Technology, is one worth learning.