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Software Instruments in Education

Published: Mon June 07, 2004  News Feed

Today, software instruments are able to completely emulate hardware instruments such as analogue or digital synthesizers. Plug a MIDI keyboard or another MIDI controller into the computer and it\'s easy to control the virtual insrument in real-time like a \"physical\" instrument. In addition, considerations of content, finances and organization all lead back to the importance of supplementing \"traditional\" equipment with new virtual tools. 

Low costs

Narrow budgets are unfortunately all too often the limiting factor in the technical and instrumental equipment of university institutes. The use of software emulations can solve this problem completely, and can contribute a crucial reduction in costs. It’s the same whether you are interested in the “classics” of electronic instrumentation or the construction of an electronic studio: the software solution will always be a more cost-effective solution compared to hardware, especially since most software compaines provides extremely reduced education prices for schools and universities.

Use existing computer equipment

Native sound synthesis is an expensive technology. Nevertheless, you do not absolutely need computers of the latest generation. Most software instruments are available for both Mac (OS 8.6 or higher) and PC (Windows 98/2000/ME XP); most products will work on computers with a processor with 300 MHz and 128 MB RAM. Greater processor resources are generally only needed for professional production.

Simple integration

All Software Instruments fit perfectly into existing production environments, and can be controlled with a host sequencer. To this end, all popular Plug-In interfaces are supported. In addition to that, all of our instruments can be used as “stand-alone” applications i.e. independent of other software. In this case you simply need a MIDI keyboard to control the program.   

Enable participation and discussion

The reduction in cost and expenditure that results from utilizing software based music production allows for even more study programs to expand their offerings in this direction. This is of great importance for institutes of music education, which can benefit from reflecting on the enormous changes in music production and reception with a more exact understanding of the technical foundations of these processes, and evaluating them through their significance to the very methods of music education.   

Demand expertise of the medium

The possibilities for employing computers in music related professions are many and diverse, yet their potential to save time and raise standards for quality often goes unrecognized. In the past the structure of music programs often presented the musical and technical spheres as incongruous. However, in cases where the elements of computer music making are integrated into the instruction, future musicians and teachers are more competent at measuring the advantages and disadvantages of these technologies and acting according to their assessment.

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